Irresistible Sticky Date Pudding Recipe

  • Each week when we were growing up, we used to sit down together for a Sunday roast lunch and Mum or Nan would make something special for dessert. While I have never met a dessert (especially a pudding!) that I don’t like, this Sticky Date Pudding was always one of my favourites. I’d get excited (and made sure to leave enough room!) to enjoy a big piece of it after our dinner.


    As you can see from the picture below, my kids have inherited my love of desserts and this pudding. They are always a little too eager to sit down and enjoy this classic dessert.

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    You can make this Sticky Date Pudding into individual serves by dividing the mixture into six ramekins before baking, however I think there is nothing better than a big pudding being set down in the middle of the table for everyone to help themselves to, and of course argue over who has the biggest piece!

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    Sticky Date Pudding

    When we were growing up, we used to sit down together for a Sunday roast lunch and Mum would make something special for dessert. This Sticky Date Pudding was always one of my…

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    Servings: 6


    • water: 200 ml
    • pitted dates: 200 grams
    • vanilla extract: 1 teaspoon
    • bicarbonate of soda: ¾ teaspoon
    • butter: 90 grams
    • caster sugar: 100 grams
    • brown sugar: 50 grams
    • eggs: 2
    • self raising flour: 180 grams
    • cinnamon: 1 teaspoon
    • Caramel Sauce
    • brown sugar: 150 grams
    • butter: 140 grams
    • cream: 120 mls
    • vanilla extract: 1 teaspoon


    Step 1: Preheat the oven to 180ºC and lightly grease a 20cm x 20cm baking dish. Roughly chop the dates and place them into a small saucepan with the water. Allow the mixture to come to the boil before reducing the heat and cooking for 3 minutes.

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    Step 2: Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir through the vanilla extract and bicarbonate of soda.

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    Step 3: In an electric mixer, beat together the butter, brown sugar and caster sugar for approximately 5 minutes or until it's pale.

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    Step 4: While the mixer is going on a low speed, add the eggs one at a time, beating well between each addition. 

    Step 5: Add the flour and cinnamon and mix on a low speed before removing the bowl from the mixer stand. Now add the date mixture and stir to combine. Transfer the mixture to your baking dish.

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    Step 6: Place the pudding into your preheated oven and bake for 35 minutes or until the pudding has cooked through when tested with a skewer.

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    Step 7: Once the pudding has cooked, you can make the caramel sauce by placing the brown sugar, butter, cream and vanilla into a small saucepan over a medium heat. Stir until the mixture is smooth. Slightly increase the heat until the mixture comes to a boil and allow it to cook for 3 minutes before drizzling the sauce over the pudding.

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