1.Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan-forced. Grease 2-litre (8-cup) shallow ovenproof dish.
2.Combine sifted flour, sugar, butter, milk and dates in small bowl; mix well. Spread mixture into prepared dish.
3.For the caramel sauce, combine brown sugar, water and butter in medium heatproof jug; stir until sugar is dissolved and butter melted.
4.Pour caramel sauce slowly over back of spoon over batter in dish. Bake in oven about 40 minutes or until centre is firm.
5.Serve immediately with cream or ice-cream, if desired.
Recipe must be made close to serving as sauce will be absorbed if left to stand.Note