Thursday, November 5, 2009

Sticky Date Pudding with Caramel Sauce

Sticky Dates Pudding

Baking is one of my favorites among the various cooking tricks. Thanks to mom ( as usual ) for teaching me the basics in this too. Previously,  the only cakes I used to try out were the simple vanilla and chocolate cakes. After coming here, I could find a lot of different varieties of cakes and muffins in the shops that make me tempted to try them out at home.



Recently, I had a taste of this mouth watering dessert at one of my friend's place and I gave it a try for this weekend. 
Sticky Date Pudding is basically a variety of cake made with dates which when combined with caramel or butterscotch sauce, transforms to a yummy dessert.

Try out this recipe and I bet you can't leave the plate empty......
Ingredients

For the cake 

Dried and Pitted Dates - 200g (chopped)
Water - 1 cup 
Bicarbonate of Soda - 1 tsp

Butter                       - 100g
Caster sugar            - 3/4 cup 
( You can make the normal sugar to a fine powder in a mixer and use instead).
Eggs                          - 2
Vanilla Essence       - 1 tsp
Self Raising Flour   - 1 1/2 cup 
(You can use plain flour instead if you can add 2 tsps of baking powder to every 250 grams of plain flour.... This is an approximation)

Melted butter           - to grease the baking pan

For Caramel Sauce 

Brown sugar     - 1 cup 
Cream                - 1/2 cup 
Butter                - 100g
Vanilla Essence - 1tsp

Preparation 
1.Preheat the oven to 180°C. 
2. Grease and keep the baking pan with melted butter and line the base with a non- stick baking paper. 
3. Heat the water in a sauce pan along with the dates. Once it boils add the Bicarbonate of soda and stir it uniformly. Take out from the heat and allow it to cool. 
4. Using a mixer, blend the butter and caster sugar to a smooth paste.
5. Take this paste in a mixing bowl and add the eggs to it, one by one, mixing well after each time. Add the vanilla essence and mix well. Now put in the date syrup and the self raising flour and mix uniformly. Make sure you combine them uniformly without any lumps. 
6. Pour in the mixture to the baking pan and smooth out the surface. Bake it in the preheat oven for 40-45 minutes. 
(Keep an eye on it , as the time may vary slightly depending on your oven type. 
Try to keep in the middle row. )


7. Meanwhile we can make the Caramel sauce by putting the ingredients for the sauce in a saucepan and stir in medium heat for about 5 minutes. The sauce is ready.


8. The cake can be allowed to soak in the sauce for sometime before serving that helps it to absorb the sauce. This will make it softer too.

  1.  If you dont want much of sauce intake you can pour the sauce on the top of the cake wedges just in time to serve. It makes a great combination with ice - cream too.

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