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Sticky Date Pudding With Balsamic Caramel Sauce

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“This recipe is one I tasted when a colleague brought it to work. The addition of balsamic vinegar to the caramel sauce, tempers the sweetness and adds a different dimension to the sauce. People always tell me that it is the most delicious sticky date they have ever had and I think it is the sauce that makes the difference, so be sure to at least double the sauce! Decadent and delish served with vanilla ice cream!”
1hr 5mins
1 pudding

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. For Pudding:
  2. Combine dates in a pan with 300ml water, bring to a boil.
  3. Remove from heat, stir in bicarb soda and set aside.
  4. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  5. Add eggs one at a time, beating well each time.
  6. Fold in flour with a large metal spoon, stir in date mixture and vanilla and pour into a greased 18cm square cake tin.
  7. Bake in a 160°C oven for 50 minutes, or until cooked when tested with a skewer.
  8. For Sauce:
  9. Combine sugar and butter in a pan and stir over low heat until melted. Add cream and vinegar, bring to a boil, remove from heat and serve warm, not hot.
  10. Note:
  11. I have made a double batch of the pudding in a kugelhopf pan, just make sure you prepare the pan well. I then fill the centre with strawberries or cherries and serve the sauce on the side. Makes a beautiful alternative Christmas Pudding.

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