Sunday, April 27, 2014

The BEST Sticky Date Pudding (and I don't like dates)


The BEST Sticky Date Pudding ~ The Eclectic Reader

I'm a chocolate girl, don't much like dates and I wouldn't normally go for a date pudding although the caramel sauce, that's another story ...  But I was won over to Sticky Date Pudding after having it at a Daisy Chain Scrapbooks retreat and Barbi kindly gave up the recipe. 

I made it for our family get together over Easter and a few of you asked for the recipe ... so here it is. Extra bonus ... photo practice and I took one for the team after getting this photo ;)

STICKY DATE PUDDING
1 cup pitted chopped dates
1 tsp bicarb soda
1 cup boiling water
90g butter
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 eggs beaten
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 1/2 cup SR Flour
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)

CARAMEL SAUCE
300ml cream
1 cup brown sugar
90g butter
few drops vanilla essence

Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan forced (356°F/320°F)

Place chopped dates and bicarb soda in a small bowl. Add boiling water and stir well. Set aside for 10mins. 

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. 

Sift flour. Fold half of the flour into the creamed mixture with half of the dates mix. Fold in remaining flour and dates. Gently mix in nuts (I didn't add nuts)

Pour into a 20cm square or round cake tin or ovenproof dish. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

Stand for 10 mins. Serve warm from dish or turn out.

To Prepare Sauce
Combine cream, sugar, butter and vanilla in saucepan on medium heat. Cook, stirring until melted and well combined. Turn heat to low and simmer gently for 2-3 minutes until thickened slightly. Pour warm sauce over warm pudding.


My verdict: to-die-for :)




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    1. was yummy 1st, 2nd and 3rd serve haha

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  2. Thanks for sharing the recipe Sheree, I'm going to try it!

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    1. You're welcome Shelleyrae, hope you like it ... let me know.

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  3. I don't usually go for pudding-type desserts, but I love dates and caramel sauce, and this looks great!

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    1. Not sure why they call it pudding Laurie?? It's very much a cake consistency but whatever the name it was very YUM!!

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  4. Thanks for sharing this! It sounds delicious :)

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    1. Hope you get to try out the recipe Christina, thanks for stopping by.

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  5. I like dates anyway, but the caramel sauce makes this even more irresistible! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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    1. Yep, the caramel sauce I could drink lol ... really takes it to another level!

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  6. That looks luscious. I'm a chocolate girl, too, but every once in awhile I find a worthy dessert without chocolate. This definitely sounds like one.

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    1. You could almost say it's healthy Joy, with all that fruit in it lol

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  7. Oh I'd pick the sticky date every time, but I've never made it at home- too dangerous. This looks fabulous.

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    1. Thanks Louise, and yes it's especially dangerous if there's leftovers lol

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  8. Ummm ... one word: Wow!!!! Love dates, love caramel. Must make.

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    1. hope you love it Beth, it'll be a regular on the menu here.

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  9. Yum, that looks heavenly! All I need is some coffee and a good book.

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  10. I hate dates. I do. But the picture looks really yummy. :(

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    1. I don't like dates either Karolina but believe me this will convert you :)

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