Winter Sticky Date Pudding with Caramel Sauce

June 21, 2017

Sticky Date Pudding with Caramel Sauce | Delicious Dessert Recipe Idea | The Gift Loft (NZ)

Sticky Date Pudding with Caramel Sauce | Recipe Gift Idea | The Gift Loft (NZ)

This is a recipe that a dear Melbourne friend shared with her dinner party group, many years ago. We all thought it was such a wonderful dessert that we just had to have the recipe. It now features in many of our own winter dinner parties and it is always a favourite with guests. You can make it the day before - we like making the puddings in muffin tins so you each have an individual pudding (but you can make it as one whole pudding, if you prefer). At dessert time, just gently warm the puddings in the oven and heat the pre- prepared sticky caramel sauce on the stove. This is perfect with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Yum!

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Ingredients

  • 180g dried date, pitted and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 50 g butter
  • 150 g brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 180 g self raising flour

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius.
  2. Combine the dates and baking soda in a heat proof bowl. Pour over 250 mls boiling water. Set aside for 20 - 30 minutes. 
  3. Grease an 18 cm cake tin (or individual muffin tins - it makes about 6-8 muffins).
  4. Cream the butter and sugar until pale (we use a food processor for all of step 4).  Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until smooth. Gently fold in the flour, then the date mixture.
  5. Pour mixture into the greased pan or muffin tray. Bake until cooked through - approximately 35 - 40 minutes for a whole pudding (or 18 - 22 minutes, for muffins).
  6. Cool on a wire rack. Store in an airtight container until ready to serve. 
  7. To serve, warm the pudding slightly in the oven. Place a pudding on each plate. Pour a generous serving of warmed caramel sauce over each pudding and add a dollop of ice cream on the side.

Caramel Sauce

Ingredients

  • 150 g brown sugar
  • 250 ml cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 20 g butter

Method

  1. Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan over a low heat. Stir until the butter is melted. Simmer gently for 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

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