Sticky Pudding with Dates

Sticky pudding with DatesAs a child I loved London very much. It has always seemed to me like part of a magical kingdom, one that has a queen and a princess, and intrigue in the palace.

Sticky pudding with DatesWhen I grew up it looked gray to me and I was less attached to this city. Then, 11 years ago, I moved to Paris and London suddenly became the city on the other side of the tunnel. I decided to try to fall in love with it again, like that girl who imagined the magical kingdom.

Sticky pudding with DatesSlowly the ״relationship״ between us warmed up and then Gali also joined and it became the city to which we occasionally go for a fun day. A 2h train ride from mid-Paris to mid-London and we’re in another world.

Sticky pudding with DatesSticky pudding with DatesAlthough in the pastry world it doesn’t have much to offer us, here is a British recipe, which we love very much. Although attributed to the British, this recipe is so Mediterranean that instead of sticky pudding it can be called a moist date cake.

Sticky pudding with DatesSticky pudding with DatesSticky Pudding is a very moist sponge cake, covered with toffee sauce (hence the “sticky”) and served with whipped cream or ice cream. I like to bake it with some of the sauce on the bottom, which makes it even more juicy.

Sticky pudding with DatesSticky pudding with DatesThis cake is great for any season, but especially for fall and winter, given its deep and aromatic flavor.

Sticky pudding with DatesSticky pudding with DatesSticky Pudding
porcelain oval (20x25cm) or round (22cm) dish

Ingredients

Sticky Sauce:
110g butter in room temperature, cubed
180g brown sugar (I use Muscovado)
15g treacle or date honey (Silan)
180g heavy whipping cream
Pinch of salt, I use Fleur-de-Sel
1/2 tsp vanilla extract 

Cake:
200g soft pitted dates, chopped
200g boiling water
5g bicarbonate of soda
80g unsalted butter, softened
50g treacle or date honey (Silan)
60g brown sugar (I use Muscovado)
130g eggs (around 2 large eggs)
1 tsp vanilla extract 
160g all-purpose flour, sifted 
5g baking powder
Pinch of salt, I use Fleur-de-Sel

Preparation
1. Sticky Sauce: In a medium heavy-duty saucepan melt the butter, sugar and treacle. Add the heavy cream, salt and vanilla stir and bring to the boil. Lower heat and simmer for around 5 minutes, until the sauce is thick. Take it off the heat and let cool.
2. Grease the dish with butter, Pour half the sauce into the prepared dish, so that a uniform layer of sauce is formed. Reserve the rest for serving.
3. Cake: Preheat the oven to 180C degrees.
4. In a medium bowl stir together chopped dates, boiling water and bicarbonate of soda, leave for 15-20 minutes until the dates become very soft.
5. in a bowl of a stand mixer cream the butter, treacle and sugar together until well mixed. Gradually beat in the eggs and vanilla.
6. Add flour, baking powder and salt, beat until mixed.
7. Using a fork, mash the soaked dates then pour the mixture into the batter and beat until well mixed.
8. Pour the batter into the dish (on the sauce layer) and bake for 35-45 minutes (depends on the oven), or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs.
9. Remove from the oven, prick the cake using a knife or a toothpick. Pour the rest of the sauce over the cake, leave for 30 minutes and serve.
*It’s recommended to serve with whipped cream or ice cream.

Bon-Appétit
Sharon

Comments

  • 02 September 2021
    Paula

    Hi Sharon
    I love the sticky pudding so much it is such a delicious and comforting cake and your recipe looks great – of course your photos are always amazing 📷
    I promise to bake the cake and savor the cake this weekend 🙏
    Merci ♥️

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  • 04 September 2021
    Michelle

    Looks so good, definitely going to try this soon!

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