Total Time
1hr 20mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 50 mins

I found this in the Periplus Mini Cookbooks series. This recipe was my first attempt at baking. I baked this for dessert last Christmas - thank heavens this is a forgiving recipe! I used dates that given to me by a friend who lived in Saudi Arabia.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F/Gas 4).
  2. Lighly brush a deep 6 cup (1,5 litre) capacity ovenproof dish with melted butter or oil.
  3. Place the dates and baking soda in a bowl and pour over 1 cup (250 ml/8 fl oz) boiling water and set aside to cool (the mixture will become foamy).
  4. Beat the butter and sugar with electric beaters until light and creamy.
  5. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well between each addition.
  6. Fold in the sifted flour and baking powder, walnuts and date mixture.
  7. Stir until all the ingredients are just combined and pour into the prepared dish.
  8. Bake for 40 minutes, or until slightly risen and firm to touch.
  9. Whilst the pudding is cooking, prepare the syrup: place the sugar, butter, vanilla, brandy and 1/3 cup (80 ml/2 and 3/4 fl oz) water in a pan and simmer for 5 minutes.
  10. Prick a few holes in the pudding with a skewer, pour the syrup over.
  11. Return to the oven for 5 minutes while the sauce soaks in . Serve with cream or natural yoghurt.

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