As promised, here is the English version of my earlier post which I wrote in Bahasa Malaysia. I found this recipe for Sticky Date pudding from The Red Kitchen. (thanks to Red Kitchen for the recipe) I did a little adjustment to the sugar quantity because I presume the Arabian dates we have here are extremely sweet compared to the Californian dates. Moreover, I ran out of self-raising flour and therefore, substitute with bread flour which gives the pudding a denser texture.
It is not oily ‘cos only 50 grams butter is used.
For the pudding:
20 dates, pitted and blended with
1 cup hot water to make into a paste
1.5 tsp bicarb soda (mix to flour)
100g soft brown sugar (looks like castor sugar but only brown in colour)
200g flour (I think if we use flour, the texture will not look like cake?)
Cream sugar and butter till fluffy. Add in flour, dates paste and eggs alternately and mix well. The batter should be runny and not hard and firm. Add a little more water if it is too hard. Bake baine marie style. I.e. put the batter into one baking tin and put that thin over another bigger cake tin filled with water. This way, the bottom will not burn and harden. Bake for 45 minutes in 180 deg celcius oven.
The bottle in the middle is Butta Vanilla which is a flavourings in paste form. It smells like butter and vanilla and gives butter cakes the heavenly smell. It is like the toffee from Germany ‘Weathers Original’ or something like that. This is a pic of my peach butter cake (another post next time!) I bought the Butta Vanilla from Cooking Island, so not sure whether you can find it elsewhere.
100g soft brown sugar
200 ml whipping cream
1 tsp butta vanilla ( or use vanilla essence)
1 tbsp butter
Cook the sauce over low fire until it bubbles. Turn off heat.
Serve the pudding with sauce. Sticky date pudding is usually served warm with a dollop of vanilla icecream.
This is one recipe that got my hubby asking for second servings and my children walloped the whole pudding within a night! Two of MalaysiaBest readers have tried it and they reported satisfactory results. So, give it a try while dates are in abundance in the market now.