Old Cape Brandy Pudding

Recipe by Zurie
READY IN: 1hr 10mins




  • Preheat oven to 350 deg F.
  • You need a large ovenproof pudding dish, or 2 pie plates. Grease or spray with nonstick spray.
  • Put the chopped dates in a bowl. Add the baking soda, and pour over the boiling water.
  • Stir to mix and leave to cool.
  • Cream together the butter and sugar until creamy (I use caster sugar, which, being fine, creams more easily). Add the beaten eggs and mix well.
  • Sieve together the flour, baking powder and salt, then fold it into the creamed mixture.
  • Stir in the date mixture, and then the nuts. Fold in thoroughly.
  • Ladle into your prepared dish or pie plates, and put into oven. The baking time is approximately 50 minutes, but will depend on the dishes used. Test with a skewer, but a few crumbs will often adhere to the stick even when the pudding is done.
  • While it's baking, make the syrup.
  • Heat the sugar, butter and water together, stirring, until sugar has melted almost completely. Do not boil.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla, salt and brandy.
  • When the pudding or pies come out of the oven, pour over the hot syrup. It will sink in slowly.
  • Serve hot or cold with ice cream, whipped cream or custard.