Recipe

Chocolate sticky date pudding

  • 1 hr 30 mins cooking
  • Serves 10
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Ingredients

Chocolate sticky date pudding
  • 1 1/2 cup (240g) dates, seeded, chopped
  • 1 3/4 cup (430ml) water
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 80 gram of butter, chopped
  • 2/3 cup (150g) caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup (150g) self-raising flour
  • 1/3 cup (35g) cocoa powder
  • 2/3 cup (70g) pecans, roasted,chopped coarsely
  • 1 1/4 cup (250g) firmly packed brown sugar
  • 80 gram butter
  • 300 millilitre thickened cream

Method

Chocolate sticky date pudding
  • 1
    Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced). Grease deep 22cm-round cake pan, line base with baking paper.
  • 2
    Combine dates and the water in small saucepan, bring to the boil. Remove from heat, stir in soda. Stand 5 minutes. Blend or process date mixture until smooth.
  • 3
    Beat butter and sugar in small bowl with electric mixer until combined. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Transfer mixture to large bowl. Fold in sifted flour and cocoa, stir in nuts and warm date mixture, in two batches. Pour mixture into pan.
  • 4
    Bake pudding about 1 hour. Stand in pan 10 minutes before turning onto serving plate.
  • 5
    Meanwhile, make butterscotch sauce. Stir all ingredients in medium pan over heat, without boiling, until sugar is dissolved. Simmer, without stirring, 3 minutes.
  • 6
    Serve pudding with hot sauce and whipped cream.

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