Sticky Date Pudding

 

Sticky Date Pudding

 

There are Winter recipes that seem to withstand every change of fashion, age, and now I come to think about it – even season!  There is nothing to say you can't enjoy this in the height of Summer, just choose your moment....  Sticky Date Pudding is the sort of sweet delicious comfort food which most families have a version of.  This is mine...

 

2 ½ cups dates, chopped

½ cup boiling water

½ cup orange juice

¼ cup rum

1 teaspoon bicarb soda

2 tablespoons of butter

¾ cup brown sugar

2 eggs

½ teaspoon cinnamon

Pinch of grated nutmeg

1 ¼ cups self raising flour

 

Pre-heat oven to 180°C

 

Soak the dates in the boiling water until they are soft and juicy, add the orange juice and rum.

 

Cream the butter and sugar and add the spices, the mix in the eggs, then fold through the flour.

Add the soaked dates and the liquid, combining it well with the batter.

 

Line a pudding basin with baking paper, then grease the baking paper with a layer of butter.  Pour the batter into the basin and cook for about 30 -40 minutes, or until a skewer can be removed cleanly.

 

Once cooked, place a plate on the top of the  pudding basin while it is still hot and allow the pudding to steam for a few minutes before turning out.

Serve with caramel sauce and ice-cream.

 

Caramel Sauce

 

250 grams butter

2 cups brown sugar

1 cup cream

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

In a small saucepan over a high heat, combine the cream, butter, vanilla and sugar and heat to boiling point.  Boil until the mixture thickens and the sugar is completely dissolved.  Allow to cool slightly before eating.