Cape Brandy Pudding

"This traditional South African pudding was doubtlessly created with cold winter's nights in mind! Delectable and filling, this date and nut pudding with its syrup topping is a must for your repertoire of desserts."
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  • Pour boiling water over dates, set aside to soften.
  • Add bicarb, butter and sugar and blend well.
  • Sift dry ingredients together and fold into the date mixture.
  • Add egg and walnuts and mix.
  • Lightly grease a microwave pan and bake for 5 –6 minutes on 100% power.
  • For the syrup combine sugar, water and butter in a glass bowl and microwave on 100% power for 1 – 2 minutes until boiling point.
  • Stir in vanilla and brandy.
  • Pour hot syrup over warm tart.
  • Serve with cream.

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  1. Oh wow do you know how hard it has been to get hold of this recipe? And I've never seen a microwave version. Thanks so much!
  2. Loved it loved it loved it! A dessert that is ready from start to finish in 17 minutes AND is tasty! I made the batter a bit early and then popped in the microwave right before serving it. It was perfect. Thanks!
  3. this is the best dessert in a micro i have ever made- you'd never know that this was made in under 15 mins from start to finish. the cake was delicious and the syrup soaked into it added so much more flavor, so wonderful. i used brandy. very precise directions, and the most wonderful result! we served it with fresh whipped cream. i'll be making this often.


I was born and raised in South Africa but now live in Delaware USA. Since I can remember I have been cooking! My first real cooking experience was when I was 7. I came home from school one afternoon and felt like French toast. My elder brother was home with his friends and did not want to make it for me, so I got a pan out, put it on the stove, turned the stove on to high. After that I could not remember what to do, but I knew that French toast involved bread so I put the bread in the hot pan without grease and poured milk over it! Oy vey... My brother's friend asked me what I was trying to make and I told him. He laughed and told me I was making it wrong but he also taught me how to make French toast the right way. I came home every day after that and made French toast. I felt so confident with the little bit of knowledge I had acquired that I soon started experimenting with other things. Nothing was going to stop me! The first full meal I ever made for my family was boiled rice and oven roasted chicken pieces with a steamed vegetable medley. I was 8 years old and my mom was in hospital. My dad was struggling to hold down an intensely busy job, keep the family going and be with my mom, so I thought I would help him. I don't think he believed that I had done it on my own. I remember telling him that I read in a cookery book how to make a roast chicken but I did not know what "a" rosemary was so I just put the chicken in the dish without it. Decades later with a myriad tried and tested recipes behind me - flops and failures included - I know my way around any food item and kitchen utensil, much to my family's delight!
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