One particularly cold night, while we were looking over the dessert menu at dinner, my boyfriend decided he wanted a sticky date pudding, which was not on the menu. Following a mad dash in the rain from the restaurant to the car, want turned to need and he went on a rampage to the supermarket in search of a ready-made sticky date pudding. Unfortunately, he went home empty handed that night with an unsatisfied tummy.
My boyfriend never craves any kind of dessert so I took his suffering very seriously. The next night I made sure I had these little sticky date puddings with caramel sauce ready for dessert. I've said it before, and I'll say it again; I love caramel. Inevitably, I love these.
These are the perfect single serve size. Bake these in tulip-type muffin cases to hold in the caramel sauce. This way you can just grab a couple when you're in need of a sweet, give them a quick zap in the microwave, and you're ready to go.
STICKY DATE PUDDINGS
Sticky date puddings:
300g pitted dates, chopped
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 cup boiling water
125g butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 3/4 cup self raising flour
1 cup brown sugar
300ml thickened cream
1 tsp vanilla
- Preheat oven to 180˚C. Line muffin tray with tulip muffin liners.
- Place dates in a bowl and sprinkle the baking soda on top. Pour boiling water over the dates and allow to soak for 20 minutes.
- In another bowl, beat butter, sugar and vanilla until creamy.
- Beat in eggs, one at a time.
- Add the flour and mix.
- Fold through the date mixture until well combined.
- Fill muffin liners with the batter (fill liners near to the top, the muffins don't rise much).
- Bake for 20 minutes.
- While the muffins are baking, make the caramel sauce. Combine all the ingredients in a small pot and cook over medium heat. Allow to simmer for 2 minutes.
- Once muffins are done, take out of the oven and pierce with a skewer. Spoon as much of the caramel sauce over the muffins as you can. Let cool for 5 minutes before eating and use any remaining sauce to serve.
- If muffins have cooled, heat for 20 seconds in the microwave to allow the caramel to melt back down and muffin to warm.