Easily made Sticky date Pudding
A simple recipe with easy to buy ingredients to make a delicious Sticky date Pudding.
Also known as 'Sticky toffee pudding' it is a cake made with chopped up dates and other basic ingredients used to make cakes.. This pudding/cake can be eaten with a variety of caramel sauce, butterscotch sauce and toffee sauce which are all similar in taste but with different names.
These products can be of help when making the cake if you don't already have so.
> 250g of pitted dates
> 1Â½ cups of hot water
> 1 tsp of baking soda
> Â½ a cup of nuts (optional)
> 125g of melted butter
> 1 cup of brown sugar
> 1 tsp vanilla essence
> 2 eggs
> 2 cups of flour
Instructions for making the cake
Grease a round baking tray with butter and set aside.
1. Chop/rip pitted dates in half and place in a large bowl.
2. Add the hot water to dates and mix around.
3. Mix in the baking soda and leave the mixture for 20 minutes.
Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius (160 degrees Celsius fan-forced).
4. Melt the butter for 1 minute or until there are no clumps. Add to the dates mixture.
5. Mix all other ingredients in except for the flour. Use an electric beater to mix the ingredients at this stage.
6. Add in the flour and mix into the mixture without the beater.
7. Pour batter into baking tray.
Bake for 40 minutes or until a thin-bladed knife or wooden skewer inserted into the centre of the pudding comes out without any batter attached.
Take out the cake from the oven and let it cool outside while you make the sauce.
Images for Cake instructions - Step 3
This is what the mixture should look like at step 3, I know the image doesn't look very yummy but it will taste fine when you have finished baking.
What the mixture should look like at step 5. Try and blend all the ingredients together as much as possible as this will help, when the cake is baking.
When the flour is mixed in, the mixture should become lighter in colour.
Pour batter into a cake tray. Shape of the tray can either be square or circle (your choice).
Baking paper is not necessary but better if it was there, this can prevent the cake from sticking onto the cake pan.
Cake - when its finished baking!
This is what the cake should look like when it comes out of the oven.
It should be soft to the touch, and brown in colour. Now let the cake cool down while you prepare the sauce.
> 1 cup brown sugar
> 60g (not melted)
> 300ml cream (thick but still liquid)
> 1 tsp vanilla essence
Instructions - to make the sauce
Put in all the ingredients from above into a saucepan.
To make the sauce (step 2)
Turn the gas onto a high temperature but make sure you keep stirring until the butter is melted and the mixture turns brown.
With this final step, you are done making caramel sauce!
To finish off the pudding.
To finish making the Sticky Date Pudding all you have to do is pour the sauce over the cake and let it thicken or eat straight away.
It can be eaten with ice-cream, cream and fruit (peaches).
If you would like to try something different other than just the cake and the sauce then give this a go!
Before pouring the sauce:
1. Make whipped cream or buy a can from the supermarket. To make whipped cream at home, all you need is 300ml of thickened cream and icing sugar.
2. In a large bowl - pour in all the cream and shift in as much icing sugar as you want. I tend to start of with a small amount and add in more later on if the cream is not sweet enough. With a spoon or spatula, stir the icing sugar and cream together. Beat the mixture together with a beater until it becomes fluffy or similar to what whipped cream looks like. You are done making the whipped cream icing!
3. Make sure that the cake has completely cooled down.
4. . Cut the cake into two halves and lay out each half onto a separate plate.
5. Spread some of the whipped cream onto one half of the cake. The amount is up to you (depends on how much you like whipped cream). I tent to apply more so I can have a thick layer of cream in the middle when I'm eating the cake.
6. Place the non-creamed half of the cake on top of the creamed half. By doing so, you should have created a layer.
7. With the left over whipped cream - you can spread this on top and all around the cake.
8. Pour the caramel sauce on top of the cake now.