Sunday, July 23, 2006

Individual Sticky Date Puddings Recipe

The following recipe makes six individual puddings. If you have trouble neatly presenting desserts, these puddings are great as there is no slicing involved.

Makes 6 puddings.

135g (3/4 cup) pitted dried dates
125ml (1/2 cup) water
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
30g butter
1 large egg (we use eggs with a minimum weight of 59g)
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract (1/2 teaspoon natural vanilla essence)
112g (3/4 cup) self-raising flour
80g (1/3 cup) caster sugar

Butterscotch Sauce
150g (3/4 cup, lightly packed) brown sugar
250ml (1 cup) thickened cream (35 percent fat)
1 tablespoon (20ml) golden syrup
20g butter

Whipped cream, to serve

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius (160 degrees Celsius fan-forced).

Grease six holes of a muffin pan (1/3 cup capacity holes).

Place dates and water in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Add bicarbonate of soda and butter and remove from heat. Stir date mixture until butter is melted and set aside to cool to room temperature. ©

Pulse date mixture in a food processor until it forms a coarse paste. Add egg and vanilla and pulse until combined.

Combine flour and sugar in a medium bowl. Add date mixture and stir until just combined. Divide mixture evenly between six muffin holes.

Bake for 20 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre of a pudding comes out clean.

While puddings are baking, place the butterscotch sauce ingredients in a small saucepan. Stir over medium heat until mixture comes to the simmer, simmer for 5 minutes, then remove from heat.

We prefer the puddings served hot from the oven. We pierce the puddings with a skewer before pouring the sauce over to help the sauce absorb into the puddings.

Serve puddings with hot butterscotch sauce and a dollop of whipped cream and/or ice cream.

Store leftover puddings and sauce in the refrigerator or freezer. Puddings can be reheated in the microwave.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can the butterscotch sauce be frozen once made?

16/8/07 3:51 pm  
Blogger Quinn said...

I don't have any equipment to pulse the dates mixture. Can I just chopped it coarsely before mixing it with the water and bringing it to boil? Also, many sticky date pudding recipe that I've tried tend to be OVERLY SWEET!!!! I would like to know is it alright for me to roughly half the sugar called for in this recipe and have it still come out alright? Will not tweak anything from the butterscotch sauce though. Thanks!

18/6/08 10:41 pm  
Blogger Amanda & Debbie said...

Hi Quinn,

If you don't have a food processor or blender, you could finely chop the dates before bringing them to the boil. Most of the sweetness comes from the sauce (the puddings alone are not particularly sweet), so to reduce the sweetness we would serve less sauce, or reduce the amount of sugar in the sauce.

4/7/08 3:31 pm  
Anonymous LD said...

I made this with a processor, a few times and they are absolutely divine! I really recommend them! I love this website, great recipes on it and every one I’ve tried has turned out great!

19/8/08 8:45 pm  
Anonymous Jane said...

Hi there - is it possible to make the batter for the puddings in advance? Thanks!

26/9/08 5:08 pm  
Blogger Amanda and Debbie said...

Hi Jane

How far in advance would you like to make the batter?

24/10/08 2:06 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The pudding was too sweet for my family and I so I had to reduce all the sugars by half. Besides that, this recipe is absolutely amazing! I love it so much! Thanks for sharing. =)

10/11/08 9:25 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I made this last night and they were delicious. Sticky date pudding with butterscotch sauce is my boyfriends favourite and he said they were one of the best he has had....thanks!

21/11/08 10:59 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yum yum yum. just made it, not too sweet and loved by everyone

10/12/08 9:09 pm  
Blogger morgana said...

I am keen to find dessert recipes for my parents which I can freeze ahead. Sticky date pudding is one of my father's favourites. Is it possible to freeze these, then make the sauce on day of delivery? Thanks Morgana

31/12/08 8:43 am  
Blogger Amanda and Debbie said...

Hi Morgana

Yes, the puddings are suitable to freeze. You could also freeze the sauce if desired. We freeze the puddings in a separate container to the sauce.

4/1/09 10:11 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wondering if it would be possible to cook these in mini noodle boxes or would they go up in flames?!

10/4/09 3:01 pm  
Blogger Amanda and Debbie said...

We aren't sure whether it would be safe to bake the puddings in noodle boxes.

10/4/09 6:05 pm  
Blogger Johanna said...

Hi Amanda and Debbie, could I make the batter earlier in the day and refrigerate ready for baking later? How much would this affect cooking times? Oven and kitchen real estate will be at a premium tonight as hubby bakes your shepherd's pie again... :)

13/4/09 12:30 pm  
Blogger Jess :) said...

I made this last night & it was a very satisfying dessert on a cold & rainy night.

20/5/09 10:32 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautifully moist! I found that using the recommended quantities for the sauce gave a LOT..and there was a fair bit left over. I might try making it with a little less cream next time around.

Thanks for another great recipe. :)

23/5/09 9:43 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great recipes! I was wondering if you could link to the large sticky date pudding/cake that was featured on the front of this website a few weeks ago? Thanks!

19/6/09 3:47 pm  
Blogger Amanda and Debbie said...

Thanks for pointing out the missing link. We have now added the sticky date pudding to the index of sweet recipes.

19/6/09 4:03 pm  
Blogger Amanda and Debbie said...

Hi Johanna

We haven't tried storing the batter before baking so we aren't sure whether you would get a good result. You might need to extend the baking time by a few minutes.

16/7/09 1:44 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This recipe was the first Sticky date I had ever made and I was so surprised at how easy it was and because it was such a hit at my dinner party, I made it a few more times through the week ( I started my diet soon after that) Great recipe that is now in my culinary repertoire!!

24/9/09 12:43 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was also the first time I'd made this dessert - I did so for some visiting Germans and it was a hit!! They couldn't get enough. So easy and quick for something so goooood!

23/12/09 5:57 am  
Blogger Susan said...

Brilliant. Five thumbs up!
Light datey and not too sweet!
Will be making this again many times. Thanks.

26/12/09 9:56 pm  
Anonymous Jessica said...

This is my first attempt at Sticky Date pudding, always thinking it would be too tricky to make from scratch. But this recipe was so easy and absolutely delicious! Thank you for another excellent recipe.

19/7/10 10:33 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fantastic recipe. First time I've ever made it, and it was moist, not too sweet and delicious. Thanks!

16/9/10 10:19 pm  
Anonymous Yazzy! said...

Turned out so awesome! I made it as the recipie said, but with the sauce I only made half which was just the right amount (a tablespoon, and used smart sugar :)
My boyfriend said it was better than you get at resturants!
(OH, and in case you were wondering, it's 318 cals a serve! Not too bad really!)

16/4/11 2:03 pm  
Anonymous Agnes said...

I'm not a great baker, but I have made this twice and it turned out great both times!

Easy to make and tastes great.

24/6/11 10:33 pm  
Anonymous Catro said...

My dinner guests and I were delighted by these sticky date puddings/sauce! So quick and easy to make and delicious...yummmmmm!

17/7/11 11:26 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mm...they just came out of the tin and they look absolutely gorgeous! First time making it and it was a success! :D I can't wait until my family comes home and we have it for dessert tonight!

Quick and easy to make, though I have no food processor, so I had to chop the dates. With the sauce I think we could reduce the brown sugar a bit, as it makes the sauce quite sweet. But a beautiful recipe for sticky date puddings! Thank you! :)

14/8/11 2:26 pm  
Anonymous Angie said...

Beautiful & very easy to make. Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe.

19/6/12 9:38 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there, I noticed your other sticky date pudding recipe has less flour and uses brown sugar. Can you advise if this indiv pudding is more cakey than the other one?

22/7/13 4:01 pm  

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