Recipe by Good Looking Cooking
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!
Top Review by Sydney Mike
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]
- 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
Directions See How It's Made
- 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.