sticky date pudding
  • Servings: 8
  • 250g pitted dates, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 125g butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 3/4 cups self raising flour
  • caramel sauce
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 300ml thickened cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 60g butter
  1. preheat oven to 180 degrees C. grease and line the base of a 7cm deep, 22cm (base) cake pan.
  2. place dates and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl. pour over boiling water. allow to stand for 20 minutes.
  3. using the electric mixer, beat butter, sugar and vanilla until pale and creamy. add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. using a large metal spoon, fold through date mixture and flour until well combined
  4. make sauce combine all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat. cook, stirring often, until sauce comes to the boil. reduce heat to medium-low. simmer for 2 minutes.
  5. pierce pudding all over with a skewer. pour 1/2 cup of warm sauce over warm pudding. stand for 10 minutes. cut into wedges. serve with remaining sauce.