23 August 2010

Sticky Date Pudding

Sticky Date Pudding is one of my favourite desserts.
I was always under the impression that it was difficult to make, but today I discover that other than the extra steps to prep the dates and the butterscotch sauce, it's really just like any other butter cake. And the sauce... well, all it takes is just 5 minutes! Couldn't be simpler.

And while SDP is usually served with vanilla ice cream, I decided I'd try something different - Macadamia Nut ice cream - and it was, no doubt, an excellent choice!

To all SDP lovers, this one's for you...

Sticky Date Pudding:
200g pitted dates
300ml water
1 tsp baking soda
40g walnuts (optional)
60g butter
40g brown sugar
100g white sugar
2 eggs
150g flour
1 tsp baking powder

1 - In a saucepan, heat the dates and water. When it starts to boil, stir in baking soda and remove from heat. Allow to cool a little, then blend dates and walnuts together till desired texture. If you like a finer cake texture, blend till smooth; if you like it with chunkier bits of dates and nuts, just blitz it a little.
2 - With a mixer, cream butter and sugars. Then add eggs one at a time. Mix well.
3 - Add date mixture and mix well.
4 - Sift flour and baking powder and fold into mixture till just combined.
5 - Pour into greased and floured baking pan. Bake at 160 degC for about 45 minutes.

Butterscotch Sauce:
120ml cream
90g brown sugar
80g butter
Combine all ingredients in a non-stick saucepan over low heat, stirring till sauce is smooth.

Macadamia Nut Ice Cream:
Head to your nearest Haagen Dazs outlet and pick up a pint of Macadamia Nut ice cream.


Unknown said...

I have NEVER had this, now I must try

Hearty Bakes said...

Looks very luxurious with the butterscotch sauce. Simply mouth-watering...

Bakertan said...

Hey Eelin,

this looks like good stuff with the butterscotch sauce as a topping. I never had sticky date pudding before. But I have heard about its to-die-for taste. Did you use the vanilla sugar for this?

NEL, the batter baker said...

Yes, you most definitely MUST try it! Hope to see your version on your blog soon.

All 3 elements - cake, sauce, ice cream - must go together. Without one, this dessert just wouldn't taste the same. Wish I could share some with you :)

SDP is definitely good stuff! If you love desserts, then you MUST try this, whether home-baked or at a cafe well-know for SDP. I've not used my vanilla sugar yet. Still waiting patiently... been only 10 days... Don't even dare to open the container for a whiff! Don't want to spoil it. Are you gonna try making your own vanilla sugar too?

Shirley @ Kokken69 said...

I have a feeling that it is raining sticky date pudding everywhere :) - even the Sunday Times published a recipe on it last weekend :) Yours look very moist and rich :)

Bakericious said...

i nvr try this b4, looks so mouth-watering

MaryMoh said...

I love this cake. This is the first cake that I was introduced to when I first came to Scotland...fell in love with it on first bite! :D Yours looks very delicious. I have to make too.....drooling!

NEL, the batter baker said...

I didn't realise Sunday Times also published a SDP recipe. I wonder how their's differs...

You MUST try this! If you like brownies and ice cream, this is even better :)

If you try this recipe, please tell if it's different from the version you had in Scotland. I just had a thought... next time, I'll add liqueur to the recipe :) Give it a try!

Cathy Ng said...

Wow... looks so appetizing! BTW, I happened to see in Bakertan's blog that you mentioned you stay in the East side of Spore. Me too! *^_^*

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