About this recipe:My favourite comfort pudding! It's deliciously rich when served warm with caramel sauce and cream.
225g dried dates, chopped
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
335ml boiling water to cover
150g caster sugar
140g self-raising flour
175g dark brown sugar
1 (170ml) tin evaporated milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Method Prep:20min › Cook:30min › Ready in:50min
Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
In a small bowl combine the dates and bicarbonate of soda. Pour enough boiling water over the dates to just cover them.
Cream 75g butter with the caster sugar until light. Beat in the eggs and mix well to combine.
Add the flour and date mixture (including water) to the egg mixture and fold to combine. Pour the batter into one 20cm round cake tin, or pour into a bun tin.
Bake for 30 to 40 minutes. Let cool and serve with warm caramel sauce.
To make caramel sauce: In a small saucepan combine the dark brown sugar, evaporated milk, vanilla and butter. Cook over medium heat and bring to the boil. Turn heat down and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour over slices of pudding.
Really nice pudding and very easy to make. It needed longer in the oven than the recipe said. More like an hour in total. I thought the sauce was very thin but it tasted great so that didn't matter in the end. - 27 Apr 2014
First recipe I've tried for this desert. Found it really easy and really tasty. My husband and kids LOVE this so much it's now their favourite desert. Try really hard not to stir the caramel sauce when your making it it can separate if you stir too much. - 06 Mar 2014