Sticky Date Pudding- The Perfect Winter Dessert to turn Summer people jealous!!

So finally winter has struck Australia, and I haven’t seen too much winter foods posts at all, and even more all I’m seeing on my “freshly pressed” page are delicious summer food and drinks from bloggers on the other side of the world and to be honest this is making me really jealous! So I’ve finally came up with the perfect winter dessert! This pudding resembles a light date cake until you add the rich caramel sauce ! The more sauce the pudding absorbs, the richer, sweeter and stickier it becomes.This dessert is to go down a treat on any winter day!

Sticky-Date-Pudding

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Okay to all the people who haven’t heard of this dessert (which I presume to be none) this is not at all a hard dessert to make! If you are capable cook you’ll be facing no trouble at all.

Ingredients:

  • 250g pitted dates, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 125g butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 3/4 cups White Wings Self-Raising Flour, sifted

Method:

  • Firstly you’d want to preheat your oven to 180°C.  Then grab you cake pan, after grease your and line the pan 7cm deep, 22cm basePlace dates and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl. Pour over boiling water. Allow to stand for 20 minutes.
  • Next using an electric mixer, beat the butter, sugar and vanilla until pale and creamy. Next add your eggs, only one at a time, beating it well after each addition. Then using a large metal spoon, fold through date mixture and flour until well combined.
  • Carefully spoon your mixture into the prepared pan. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, now insert a skewer into the centre and if it comes out clean. Turn onto a plate.
  • Now its time to make that sauce. Combine all your sauce ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook, make sure you stir it often until sauce comes to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Summer for 2 minutes.
  • Pierce pudding all over with a skewer. Pour 1/2 cup of warm sauce over warm pudding. Stand for 10 minutes. Cut into wedges. Serve with remaining sauce. I’m hoping this dessert would warm you up! Enjoy!

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Chocolate Pudding

13118_l Chocolate Pudding

Preparation time: 50-60 minutes

Ingredients:

  • melted butter, to grease
  • 1 cup of self raising flour
  • 1/2 cup of caster
  • 2 tbs cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 50g butter, melted
  • 1 egg, lightly whisked
  • thickened cream, to serve

Chocolate sauce:

  • 3/4 cups of brown sugar
  • 2 tbs of cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups of boiling water

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Brush 1.5L capacity ovenproof dish with melted butter to lightly grease
  • Combine the flour, sugar and cocoa butter in a medium bowl. Make a well in the centre. Combine the milk, butter and egg in a large jug. Gradually pour the prepared dish and use the back of the spoon to smooth the surface
  • to make the chocolate sauce, swift the sugar and cocoa powder into a bowl. Sprinkle over the pudding mixture in the dish. Gently pour the pudding mixture in the dish. Gently pour the boiling water over the cocoa mixture
  • Bake in oven for 30-40 minutes or until cake-like top forms and a skewer inserted halfway into the centre comes out clean. Set aside for 5 minutes to cool. Serve with thickened cream if desired.