Sticky date pudding

Is there anything so sweet as a sticky date pudding to end your meal?
Is there anything so sweet as a sticky date pudding to end your meal? Photo: Marina Oliphant

The best reason there is for eating up all your dinner ... to get to the sticky pudding.


500g pitted dates

750ml water

25g bicarbonate of soda

150g butter

150g brown sugar

125g castor sugar

5 eggs

420g plain flour

For butterscotch sauce

100g butter

150g soft brown sugar

100g white sugar

650g golden syrup

200ml thickened cream


Preheat fan-forced oven to 160C. Combine dates and water in a medium saucepan and bring to the boil. Add bicarbonate of soda and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes. Add butter and both sugars and cook for two to three minutes on low heat until sugar dissolves. Blend mixture with a stick blender and allow to cool slightly.

Add eggs and flour and mix thoroughly. Place in a greased and lined 25-centimetre square cake tin and bake for 35-40 minutes. For butterscotch sauce, melt butter in a medium saucepan with sugars and golden syrup.

Stir slowly and cook for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside for a few minutes. Stir in cream and continue to stir for four to five minutes to ensure sauce is smooth.

Tip: This makes a large quantity but can easily be made in individual ramekins, too. Store the butterscotch sauce in a screw-top jar in the fridge for a couple of weeks.