Prep 1 hr 30 mins
Cook 1 hr
From Beginish Restaurant in Dingle, Ireland
- 8 ounces dates, finely chopped (about 1¼ cups packed)
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1⁄2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup packed golden brown sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 1 3⁄4 cups self-rising flour
- 2 tablespoons instant coffee granules
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- powdered confectioners' sugar
- whipped cream or vanilla ice cream
- caramel sauce
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Butter 9-inch-diameter springform pan.
- Line bottom of pan with parchment paper; butter parchment.
- Place the chopped dates in a small bowl; pour 1 cup boiling water over dates and let cool, about 1 hour.
- Using electric mixer, beat butter and sugar in large bowl to blend; add 2 eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.
- Add half of flour and beat to blend.
- Add remaining 2 eggs, 1 at a time, beating to blend after each addition.
- Add remaining flour and beat until blended.
- Combine instant coffee and baking soda in small bowl.
- Pour into date mixture, stirring to dissolve coffee granules.
- Add date mixture to batter and beat to blend.
- Pour batter into prepared pan.
- Place on rimmed baking sheet and bake until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 1 hour.
- Cool pudding until just warm; unmold; sprinkle with powdered sugar.
- Cut into wedges and serve with whipped cream (or a scoop of vanilla ice cream per serving) and caramel sauce.
Miller, I had a table-full of Brits this weekend and this dessert made me an honorary subject of the Queen! I never saw such a bunch of people so homesick for school lunch dessert in my life! I used pre-smushed dates, very handy! I also used margarine instead of butter to make it non-dairy, and served it with my own non-dairy vanilla ice cream. With something as delicious as this I'm amazed that the sun has set on the British Empire!
This is tasty and quite sweet but after all it is dates. Instead of the coffee granules I used my own hot strong coffee instead of the 1 cup boiling water. Blended the soda with the flour. I sprinkled with powdered sugar and served at room temperature.We love dates so this went over well.Next time I will try it with dried figs as we love figs also.