The origins of Sticky date pudding are arguable, but a British classic consists of the Stick Toffee Pudding which is a steamed dessert sponge cake with chopped dates & toffee sauce. I think its safe to say that Sticky date pudding is somehow an Australian version of that British dessert. I loved making this while I lived in Australia, having learned the recipe at the restaurant I was working at.
This dessert is moist and just the right amount of sweet. You could even tell yourself its healthy (just hide the caramel sauce!)
- 1 3/4 cup Dates
- 1 cup self-rising flour
- 2 eggs
- 60 grams softened butter
- 2/3 cup raw sugar
- 1 1/3 cup water
- 1 teaspoon baking soda (bi-carb soda)
- 250 grams of butter
- 2 cups cream
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- First you want to cut your dates in at least 3 pieces to make sure your dates don't have any pits in the middle. You could loose a tooth on that pit! Throw your dates with the water in a pot and bring to the boil. Add the baking soda and watch it fizz up, giving it a few stirs with a spoon. Turn off and remove from heat. When it cools down, add it to your food processor and give it a few seconds to mash up. This step is optional- if you don't have a food processor, just add the mixture to the rest of the ingredients.
- In a big mixing bowl take your soft butter, eggs, raw sugar, and flour and add the date mixture to it, using a hand mixer, a stand mixer, or good old fashioned elbow grease & a whisk and mix it all together. Grease a muffin tray, a bundt pan, a cake tray, whatever you got- GREASE it well. Because you don't want your pudding to stick to your pan. You want to eat it, not have it get stuck to the pan.
- Now bake your pudding for about 25 minutes at 375F. It is cooked when a toothpick/knife comes out clean.
- Put this all on the stove, bring to a boil, lower the heat, and reduce for about 10 minutes. Taste it. Try not to eat it all before your pudding comes out of the oven!
I made this for Mother’s day while visiting my Mama in Miami and it was a huge hit. I’m Hispanic and not too many people eat dates in my family, so it was fun to make them guess what was in the recipe!
I would love for you to make this and let me know how it turned out for you! Any variations for me to try? Please share!