Sticky dates pudding with salted stout caramel.JPG     


380 g dates, pitted
400 ml water
400 g self-raising flour, sifted
5 eggs
330 g caster sugar
135 g soft butter
2 Tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 Tsp vanilla essence
1 Tsp Parisan browning essence

Salted stout caramel sauce
3o0 g brown sugar
300 g unsalted butter
300 ml vanilla custard
2-3 Tsp ground pink Himalayan salt
3 Tbs Treacle syrup
100 ml American stout


Preheat oven 180 C. Grease a large square foil baking tray must have depth of 5 cm or 6 cm. Combined dates, bicarbonate and water in a hand mix blender; blend till soft, and then set aside. Beat butter and sugar in a bowl with an electric mixer until sugar dissolved, thick and pale, and then add eggs one at a time, beating well after each. Fold in vanilla, date mixture, Parisan browning essence and then flour. Mix well. Spoon mixture into dish and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until springy to the touch and skewer inserted comes out clean.

Salted stout caramel sauce

Place all ingredients into a large saucepan except treacle, and simmer over a low heat until dissolved. Increase to medium heat and allow mixture to bubble away about 5 minutes. Add treacle, and stout. Add more salt, if you like saltiness, and bring to bubbling simmer, remove from hob. Set aside in saucepan until ready to use to pour over the pudding once its done.

Remove pudding from oven and use a chopsticks to poke holes on the top of the pudding. Spoons half of the salted butterscotch sauce over the pudding to soak in and return to oven for 10 minutes until sauce bubbling. Remove from oven and spoons some more to seep through the holes if you like before serve pudding with the thicken cream, or double cream or ice cream or vanilla custard.

Note: oven temperature may vary. You might need to put in oven for 45 minutes; check with skewer: comes out clean, or  needed to put in oven longer.

You might want to serve the remaining of salted stout caramel. I prefer to spoons all my salted stout caramel into the dates mixture.I also like a bit more salt. You can put 1 -2 Tsp salt only.

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