Sticky dates pudding with double cream molasses

Surprise dessert this Festive Season

Had friends over for lunch and I make this dessert. My friends enjoyed it. Since then, I kept making them with various flavour. So too my family enjoyed it. For Christmas, let make this dessert instead of Christmas fruits cake.

Everybody would love this dessert for a change. I am sure you want to surprise your family and friends. This popular dessert for my family involving of a very moist sponge cake, made with finely chopped dates, covered in a caramel sauce and often served with a vanilla custard or vanilla ice-cream. This is truly a celebration dessert worth sharing in this festival feast. Let’s bake!!!


300 g dates, pitted
350 ml water
380 g self-raising flour, sifted
3 eggs
330 g caster sugar
120 g soft butter
1 Tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 Tsp vanilla essence

Double cream molasses caramel sauce

300 g brown sugar
300 g unsalted butter
300 ml double cream
Squirt some molasses
2 Tsp salt, or more


Preheat oven 180 degrees C. Grease a deep oven bowl 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, vanilla essence and then flour. Mix well. Spoon mixture into prepared bowl and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until springy to the touch and skewer inserted comes out clean.

Double cream molasses caramel sauce

Place all ingredients into a large saucepan, except molasses and simmer over a low heat until sugar dissolved. Increase to medium heat and allow mixture to bubble away about 5 minutes. Add molasses. 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 it’s done.

Remove pudding from oven and use a chopstick to poke holes on the top of the pudding. Spoon 3/4 of double cream molasses caramel sauce over the pudding to soak in and return to oven for 10 minutes until sauce bubbling. Remove from oven and spoon remaining double cream molasses caramel sauce to seep through the holes. Serve pudding with the thickened cream, or double cream or ice cream or vanilla custard warm or cold.

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 double cream molasses caramel sauce. You can put 1 -2 Tsp salt extra.