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Default Sticky date pudding

Oh pshaw, on Fri 04 Aug 2006 05:44:44p, Old Mother Ashby meant to say...

> Jen wrote:
>> Does anyone have a really good sticky date pudding. I've tried a few
>> different recipes over the years, but one was too dry and another
>> wasn't sweet enough. Now that I've discovered all you wonderfully
>> clever people, maybe someone would care to share a good juicy, sweet
>> recipe.
>> Thanks
>> Jen

> I use Stephanie Alexander's recipe, which is dead easy.
> 170g dates, stoned and chopped (do this with kitchen scissors)
> 1 tsp bicarb soda
> 300ml boiling water
> 60g unsalted butter
> 3/4 cup castor or brown sugar
> 2 eggs
> 170g self-raising flour
> 1/2 pure vanilla
> sauce -
> 400g brown sugar
> 1 cup thick cream
> 250g unsalted butter
> 1 vanilla bean split (beans the price they are, I use vanilla extract)
> Mix dates and bicarb soda. Pour over boiling water and leave to stand.
> Cream butter and sugar, add eggs one at a time, beating well after each.
> Fold flour in gently, then stir in date mixture and vanilla. Pour into
> buttered 18cm square cake tin. Bake in centre of preheated 180C oven for
> 30-40 mins until cooked when tested with skewer.
> To make sauce, bring all ingredients to a boil, reduce heat and simmer
> for 5 mins. I make it in a large microwave jug - you have to watch it
> because it wants to boil over. I think that the quantity she gives is
> too much, and only ever make half which is plenty.
> Pour a little sauce over the warm pudding and return to the oven for 2-3
> mins so sauce soaks in. Cut pudding into squares and pass
> extra sauce.
> She does say you can add 100g chopped bittersweet chocolate before
> baking, but personally I think it is excessive.
> The given quantity serves 8, unless one or more is a teenage boy. I find
> the pudding, being basically a cake, will keep in the fridge for days,
> and the sauce (in its jug) likewise

That sounds delicious, but it would probably spike my BG to around 400. :-)

Wayne Boatwright

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