The Sticky Date Pudding is a classic dessert, which has passed the test of time. You may be experienced or a first timer but either way this is a basic recipe and will serve you well. Despite the long list of ingredients it is not that difficult to make and this is comfort food at its best. Enjoy!

 (serves 6-8)

Ingredients

1 cup chopped dates
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
300ml boiling water
60g butter or margarine
¾  cup caster sugar
2 eggs
½ teaspoon vanilla essence
1 ¼ cups self raising flour, sifted
1 very ripe banana, mashed
¼ cup chopped walnuts

Butterscotch Sauce

1 cup brown sugar
150ml cream
60g butter or margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla essence

Method

Place dates and bicarbonate of soda in a small bowl.

Cover with water and set aside to cool.

Beat butter and sugar together.

Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Mix in vanilla essence.

Fold in flour, followed by dates with liquid, banana and walnuts.

Pour into a greased 20cm round cake tin.

Bake in a moderate oven for 55-60mins.

Butterscotch Sauce

Combine brown sugar, cream, butter and vanilla essence in a small saucepan.

Bring to the boil, stirring. Simmer, without stirring, for  5 mins.

Serve pudding with sauce, cream and a light dusting of icing sugar.

Hints

Pudding can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge once cooled

Reheat or eat cold the next day

Can be served with vanilla custard or ice-cream

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