Sticky Date Pudding
1/2 cup butter
8 ounces pitted dates, chopped
1 teaspoon baking soda
5 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 3/4 tablespoons baking powder
1 stick butter
1/4 cup heavy cream
4 ounces brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 pint chilled cream
Butter a high sided 9 inch round baking pan. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
Put dates in saucepan and cover with water and bring to a boil and
then reduce heat and simmer about 3 minutes. Add the baking soda and
remove pan from heat and set aside.
In a bowl, cream butter with sugar and add in
eggs one at a time.
Fold in flour, salt and vanilla. Slowly stir in the baking powder
and 1/4 cup of date liquid from pot. Stir well until mixture
resembles a thick pancake batter.
Stir in remainder of the "drained " dates.
Place mixture in prepared pan and bake about 30
to 40 minutes or until cooked in center. Remove to rack in pan to
Meanwhile make sauce: in pot, combine butter, cream and sugar. Bring
to a boil and cook for 3 minutes. Stir in vanilla.
Drizzle some of the hot sauce over the cooling
To serve: cut cooled ( room temp ) cake into
wedges and pour over the warm sauce. top with cream that has been