Warm yourself by the fire this winter with this wonderfully sticky date pudding, which is both sweet and a little tangy. It’s complimented by the smooth and rich flavours of the caramel sauce.
Makes: 8 servings || Takes: 55 Minutes
2 cups pitted dates, finely chopped
1 cup boiling water
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
125g butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup self-raising flour
1/2 cup plain flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Double cream, to serve
Burnt caramel sauce
1 cup caster sugar
300ml pure cream
1 teaspoon sea salt flakes
Preheat oven to 180C/160C fan-forced.
Grease 8 holes of 2 x 6-hole, 3/4-cup-capacity Texas muffin pans. Line base of each hole with a round of baking paper.
Combine dates, boiling water and bicarbonate of soda in a large heatproof bowl. Set aside for 10 minutes to soak.
Using an electric mixer, beat butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition until just combined. Stir in combined flours, cinnamon and date mixture. Spoon evenly among prepared holes. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre of 1 pudding comes out clean. Set aside for 10 minutes to cool.
Meanwhile, make burnt caramel sauce place caster sugar in a large, deep frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, for 6 to 8 minutes until sugar melts and caramelizes to a dark brown. Remove from heat. Carefully pour in the cream (mixture will spatter at this stage). Add salt and butter. Return to low heat. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until toffee dissolves and sauce thickens slightly.
Transfer puddings to serving plates. Drizzle with hot caramel sauce. Serve with double cream.