So Valentine’s is here and although we normally do not make a huge fuss about it at home, other than theme related crafts with the kids, we normally (or I, as sometimes hubby needs to be reminded … are you reading, honey?) do flowers, a home-cooked dinner and a bottle of a nice vintage or bubbles.
It has become a tradition to have Sticky Date Pudding for dessert. My husband does not have a sweet tooth BUT there are 2 things he enjoys: TimTams (yes, very Australian!) and Sticky Date Pudding. So in the beginning of ‘us’, a few years ago now, in an effort to impress him, I looked for a recipe that I jotted down on a piece of paper and that has stayed with me through the years, and that now for the life of me I can’t remember where I found it. So it is not mine, but OH-BOY! Is it delicious?!?!
- 200 gr chopped pitted dates
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 50 gr butter, chopped up
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup self-raising flour (or all-purpose flour with 1.5 tsp baking powder and 1/4 tsp salt added to the sift)
- 75 gr chopped butter
- 1 cup cream (double or whipping)
- 1.5 cups brown sugar
- Pre-heat the oven at 180C.
- Put the dates in a bowl, pouring the hot water and baking soda over. Leave to stand for 5 minutes.
- Pour the date mix in the bowl of a food processor, adding the butter and sugar, and process until combined.
- Add the eggs and flour mix, and combine again.
- Spoon the mix into a muffin tin and bake for 17-18 minutes, using a toothpick to check that it is cooked.
- Meanwhile put the butter, cream and sugar into a saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly until the butter has melted. Bring to the boil and cook for 5 minutes.
- When the mini puddings area cooked, top the toffee sauce over the pudding.
- Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream (my favourite, but you can also add cream or custard if you prefer).
And Voila! That easy ...
These quantities make about 6 individual puddings, so if there is any excess they can be frozen and just microwaved or steamed hot when you are ready to eat again.
Note: NOT recommended if you are on a diet or still in the black with your resolutions.
Image credit: Cate can Cook