Sticky Date Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce

I love sticky date pudding. It reminds me of my childhood.

I’ve eaten a fair few of those store-bought-aluminium-foil versions, but it somehow didn’t occur to me until recently that I could actually make one, probably. At first I thought it might be hard, but the recipes I looked at all seemed simple enough. I chose a promising looking recipe (they were all very similar, bar the sauce) and gave it a shot.

Now most recipes call for baking soda (bicarb) which is used to break down the dates as they soak in water, or at least I presume that’s the purpose of it. I went to the supermarket to get dried dates and butter and things thinking I had plenty of bicarb at home in the pantry, so I didn’t buy any. I came home to discover that I had used most of it to clean a vase. Not also was it extremely frustrating, but it was also the gayest reason possible for not having bicarb.

I used the tiny amount that was left in the box, but it wasn’t quite enough. I don’t know if that had much effect on the outcome, but the cake part came out a little denser than I was expecting, although it had risen a fair bit in the oven. I don’t know if that was a bad thing or not though really, because it still tasted amazing. I think it tasted better than store-bought. It’s more ‘datey’ for one.

Muffy loved it, and so did Natalia (her txt reads: “Omg you must bring us more. That pudding is so so good”). I have not been able to stop eating it myself! Now that the weather is getting colder, this is the perfect dessert to warm you up. But you should also eat it with icecream.

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Published in: on June 16, 2011 at 1:52 am  Comments (2)  
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