Friday, 19 April 2013

Sticky Date Pudding with Caramel Sauce

Sticky Date Pudding with Caramel Sauce

  • 1 3/4 cups packed pitted dates 
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs

  • Sauce:

  • 1 3/4 sticks (3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons) unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Make pudding:
Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease muffin tins.

Coarsely chop dates and in a 1 1/2- to 2-quart saucepan simmer dates in water, uncovered, 5 minutes. Remove pan from heat and stir in baking soda. (Mixture will foam.) Let mixture stand 20 minutes.

While mixture is standing, into a bowl sift together flour, baking powder, ginger, and salt. In a large bowl with an electric mixer beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add flour mixture in 3 batches, beating after each addition until just combined. Add date mixture and with a wooden spoon stir batter until just combined well.

Pour batter into muffin tins and set tin in a larger baking pan. Add enough hot water to larger pan to reach halfway up sides of muffin tin and bake in middle of oven until a tester comes out clean, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove smaller pan from water bath and cool muffins to warm on a rack.

Make sauce while pudding is cooling:
In a 1 1/2- to 2-quart heavy saucepan melt butter over moderate heat and add brown sugar. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally, and stir in cream and vanilla. Simmer sauce, stirring occasionally, until thickened slightly, about 5 minutes. 

Cool sauce to warm.
Remove muffins from the tin. Serve with ice cream and warm sauce.

I love to freeze both the muffins and the sauce.  These are my secret treats that I pull out on a bad day or when I just really need some dessert.  I just take out a muffin, put about a tablespoon of sauce over it and microwave for 30 seconds.  Yum!!



  1. These look absolutely delicious! I'm always looking for new and good recipes to try and this one hits the spot! The carmel sauce gets me every.single.time. Thanks so much for sharing friend! Stopping by from That Friday Hop =)

  2. The photo is so inspiring I might have to make it. I am connecting to you through the Aloha Blog Hop & am subscribed through Bloglovin. Look forward to your new ideas.
    Best, Christine

  3. Stopping by from Aloha Blog Hop~ now following! I love dates and your recipe looks amazing! Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

  4. Wow! I love dates, and it never occurred to me to use them this way. What a great idea. Yum! I must try it. :D

  5. they look so tasty, I wish I could bake! New follower from the blog hop here, looking forward to reading more :) xx

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  7. Wow, this looks so amazing and delicious! Just pinned. Can't wait to make this. YUMMY! Thank you so much for sharing with us at A Bouquet of Talent this week. So thrilled to have you share with us. Happy Friday!!


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