How to make it

  • Put the chopped dates in a bowl and pour the boiling water over them.
  • Add the vanilla, coffee essence and bicarbonate of soda, and leave to one side.
  • Next in a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together, beating with an electric hand whisk until the mixture is pale, light and fluffy.
  • Now gradually add the beaten eggs, a little at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • After that carefully and lightly fold in the sifted flour using a metal spoon, and then you can fold in the date mixture (including the liquid).
  • The mixture will look very sloppy, but dont worry, the slackness of the mixture is what makes the pudding so light.
  • Now divide the mixture equally between eight 6 oz (175g) metal pudding basins (or eight 3 inch (7.5cm) ramekin dishes) which has been lightly oiled with groundnut or peanut oil.
  • Place them on a baking tray and bake in the centre of the oven for 25 minutes.
  • When cooked, leave to cool for 5 minutes, then slide a small palette knife around each pudding and turn it out.
  • If they have risen too much you may have to slice a little off the tops so that they can sit evenly on the plate.
  • Now place the puddings on a shallow, swiss roll-type tin.
  • Next make the sauce by combining all the ingredients in a saucepan and heating very gently until the sugar has melted and all the crystals have dissolved.
  • To serve the puddings: pre-heat the grill to its highest setting, and pour the sauce evenly over the puddings.
  • Place the tin under the grill so the tops of the puddings are about 5 inches (13cm) from the heat (knock off any nuts on the top to prevent them browning) and let them heat through for about 8 minutes.
  • Serve with chilled pouring cream.

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    " It was excellent "
    gourmetana ate it and said...
    Wow!! This sounds scrumptious! This is definitely a must try, just saved the recipe!
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    henrie ate it and said...
    Oh this sounds good, looks very pretty also. You have some nice pictures of your recipes. You have my 5 also. ((hugs)) Le Gra sweetie
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    fizzle3nat ate it and said...
    Oh dear! These sound fantastic! I am sure my mother and my sisters would love these as well. Thanks for sharing! - Natalie
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