Prep 15 mins
Cook 50 mins
This recipe is one I tasted when a colleague brought it to work. The addition of balsamic vinegar to the caramel sauce, tempers the sweetness and adds a different dimension to the sauce. People always tell me that it is the most delicious sticky date they have ever had and I think it is the sauce that makes the difference, so be sure to at least double the sauce! Decadent and delish served with vanilla ice cream!
- 185 g pitted dates
- 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- 60 g unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 185 g caster sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 185 g self-raising flour
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
- 75 g soft brown sugar
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 4 tablespoons cream
- 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
- For Pudding:.
- Combine dates in a pan with 300ml water, bring to a boil.
- Remove from heat, stir in bicarb soda and set aside.
- Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add eggs one at a time, beating well each time.
- Fold in flour with a large metal spoon, stir in date mixture and vanilla and pour into a greased 18cm square cake tin.
- Bake in a 160°C oven for 50 minutes, or until cooked when tested with a skewer.
- For Sauce:.
- Combine sugar and butter in a pan and stir over low heat until melted. Add cream and vinegar, bring to a boil, remove from heat and serve warm, not hot.
- I have made a double batch of the pudding in a kugelhopf pan, just make sure you prepare the pan well. I then fill the centre with strawberries or cherries and serve the sauce on the side. Makes a beautiful alternative Christmas Pudding.
Made this for a potluck & it was A BIG HIT ~ I seem to be making lots of recipes with dates in them, but I love 'em & don't mind sharing! You've got A GREAT PUDDING recipe here & a keeper, at that! Will be making this one again! [Tagged, made & reviewed as part of my Have a Date theme in My-3-Chefs]