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Sticky Date Pudding

Updated: Jul 30, 2023


Alright, folks, gather 'round once again! Today, we're delving into the divine world of sticky date puddings - a dessert so indulgent and comforting, it's like a warm hug from Grandma herself. This dessert is a nostalgic trip down memory lane, a sweet symphony that'll have you weak at the knees!


Imagine this: a cozy bistro, dimly lit, with the faint aroma of caramel and vanilla wafting through the air. And there it is, the sticky date pudding, resting in a pool of velvety toffee sauce, beckoning you with its irresistible allure.


Now, let me paint you a picture of what's happening on that plate. The star of the show, the sticky date pudding, is a moist and tender delight, crafted from the perfect marriage of chopped dates and buttery goodness. These moist morsels are imbued with the essence of pure joy, and trust me, folks, they know how to make an entrance.


But we can't overlook the dance partner to this culinary waltz - the toffee sauce. A rich concoction of caramelized sugar, cream, and a dash of magic, it's an elixir that elevates the entire experience. This nectar of the dessert gods cascades over the pudding like a waterfall of sweetness, soaking every inch with its heavenly charm.


And let's not forget the sidekick - a scoop of velvety vanilla ice cream, nestled lovingly alongside the pudding. It's like a cool breeze on a warm summer's day, tempering the richness and adding a delightful contrast to the warm embrace of the pudding.


Now, here comes the moment of truth - the first spoonful. As you take that bite, the world around you seems to fade away, and all that's left is the symphony of flavors dancing on your taste buds. The sticky date pudding unfolds like a sweet opera - the chewiness of the dates, the buttery notes, and the silky toffee sauce serenade your senses.


You can't help but close your eyes, savoring each bite, as the flavors crescendo, leaving you in a state of pure bliss. The sweetness is not cloying but balanced, and the textures play a beautiful melody on your palate.


So, my friends, the next time you find yourself craving a dessert that warms your heart and fills your soul, remember the sticky date pudding. It's more than just a dessert; it's a journey back to simpler times, a reminder of the beauty in life's little indulgences. Relish every spoonful, cherish every moment, and let the sticky date pudding work its magic on you. Bon appétit!



Recipe

Recipe to serve 4 people:


Ingredients:

- 200g (about 1 cup) pitted dates, chopped

- 1 teaspoon baking soda

- 1 cup boiling water

- 75g (1/3 cup) unsalted butter, softened

- 3/4 cup brown sugar

- 2 large eggs

- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

- 1 teaspoon baking powder

- A pinch of salt


For the sticky toffee sauce:

- 1 cup heavy cream

- 1/2 cup brown sugar

- 1/4 cup unsalted butter


Instructions:


1. Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F). Grease a 9-inch square baking dish or four individual ramekins with butter or cooking spray.


2. In a bowl, combine the chopped dates and baking soda. Pour the boiling water over them and let the mixture sit for about 10 minutes, or until the dates soften and break down.


3. In a separate large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.


4. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, and then add the vanilla extract. Mix well until everything is combined.


5. In another bowl, sift the all-purpose flour, baking powder, and a pinch of salt together.


6. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter-sugar-egg mixture, mixing until just combined.


7. Fold in the soaked dates along with any remaining water from the bowl.


8. Pour the sticky date pudding batter into the prepared baking dish or divide it evenly among the four ramekins.


9. Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 30 minutes for a large dish or about 20 minutes for individual ramekins. The pudding is ready when it's firm to the touch and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.


10. While the pudding is baking, prepare the sticky toffee sauce. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the heavy cream, brown sugar, and unsalted butter. Stir until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is smooth. Let it simmer gently for about 5 minutes until the sauce thickens slightly.


11. Once the pudding is done, remove it from the oven and let it cool in the baking dish or ramekins for a few minutes.


12. If using a large dish, cut the sticky date pudding into four portions. Serve each portion warm with a generous drizzle of the sticky toffee sauce. You can also top it off with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream for an extra treat.


Enjoy your scrumptious Sticky Date Pudding!

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