Sticky Date Pudding (Microwave)

READY IN: 40mins
Recipe by Petroushka

This is from Janelle Bloom's microwave cookbook. It is easy to make and so delicious. She says she got the recipe from friends who own a cafe in Hornsby. She also warns not to overcook it. This is the dessert I am always asked to make.

Top Review by Chickee

Gorgeous flavour with the orange rind, and cooking in the microwave meant that it was cooked twice as fast as in the oven. Thanks!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Caramel sauce: Put all ingredient in a 2-litre ovenproof glass jug. Cook, uncovered in the microwave for 5-6 minutes on 850 watts/high/100%, stirring 2-3 times during cooking. Remove from microwave and set aside.
  2. Grease a 22 cm ring container with high sides.
  3. Combine dates and water in a heatproof dish. cook, uncovered, for 4-5 minutes on 850 watts/high/100%.
  4. Quickly stir in bicarb of soda (mixture will froth, so don't worry).
  5. Cream together butter, sugar and orange rind. Add vanilla and eggs, one at a time.
  6. Fold in flour and date mixture. Spread in prepared container. Place on a rack and cook, uncovered, for 8-10 minutes on 650 watts/medium high/70%.
  7. Gently pour two-thirds of the caramel sauce over the half-cooked pudding. Put it back into microwave oven and cook, uncovered, for a further 5-6 minutes on 500 watts/medium/50%. Allow to stand for 5 minutes before turning out.
  8. Serve with remaining sauce.

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