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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Date Pudding

Hello blog, and hey my blog readers. It has been a long time since I came up with something to post. Now that I am on vacations, I plan to be a bit regular. I tried something new today, a date pudding. Dates are healthy and nutritious and putting them into a dessert makes the dessert nutritious too. We'll decide on the healthy part after the recipe and taste test ;).

It is kind of cold in my city of desi land. The temperature drops to 11 or 12 C, and seems like it is 2 or C (ok, ok, I have a superactive imagination). Comfort food is a craving. You can make this pudding to satisfy this nagging craving. It is great way to mark the end of the dinner, or to satisfy your sweet tooth. Leave the excuses aside, this pudding is a must try at least once, just for the sake of it.

This recipe is adapted from the book "Sticky and Steamed Puddings" by Confident Cooking.


Recipe

Ingredients
3/4 cup dates, pitted and chopped
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 cup boiling water
50g of butter
2/3 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking powder

Syrup:
2/3 cup sugar
10 g butter
1 tsp vanilla essence
2/3 cup water

Method

Preheat oven to 180 C/ 350 F. Grease a deep oven proof dish, around 1.5 L capacity. Set the dish aside.

In a bowl sprinkle baking soda over dates and pour boiling water over it. Set aside to cool. In another bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and creamy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Sift flour and baking powder together, and then fold in the egg mixture with the dates. Stir until just combined and pour into the prepared dish. Bake for 40 minutes or until done.

While the pudding is cooking, prepare the syrup. Put sugar, butter, vanilla, and water in a saucepan, bring to a boil and then simmer for 5 minutes. When pudding is done, take it out of the oven, prick with a fork in a few places and pour the syrup over the pudding. Return to oven for 5 minutes, and allow the syrup to soak in the pudding. Serve with cream or ice cream. Happy baking!!!

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