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Monday, June 18, 2012

Saucy Sticky Date Pudding.


Saucy, gooey stickydate puddings, dressed with a caramel butterscotch sauce and finished with a rich vanilla bean ice-cream.
Ingredients

For the puddings
250g (1 1/2 cups) deseeded dried dates, roughly chopped into small pieces
312ml (1 1/4 cups) water
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
60g (1/4 cup) salted butter, chopped roughly
2 large eggs (we use eggs with a minimum weight of 59g)
1 teaspoon (5ml) vanilla extract
188g (1 1/4 cups) self-raising flour
150g (2/3 cup, firmly packed) brown sugar
Peacans for decorating
For the butterscotch sauce
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
60g butter
300ml pure cream
For the ice-cream
2 cups full fat milk
2 cups thickened ( or heavy) cream
1 cup granulated white sugar
1 whole vanilla bean, halved and seeds scraped
5 large egg yolks
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Instructions
for the puddings
Place the dates and the water in a medium sauce pan over a high heat.
When the date mixture starts to boil, add the bicarb soda and the butter and remove from the heat.
Set saucepan aside and allow mixture to cool for 25 mins. During this time the butter will melt.
Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius (356 Fahrenheit) If you have a fan forced oven preheat it to 160 degrees celsius (320 Fahrenheit).
Grease 6 2/3 cup capacity muffin pans or ramekins.
Transfer the date mixture to a medium mixing bowl.
Using a hand-held beater or whisk, add the eggs and vanilla to date mixture until combined ( this should take less than 30 seconds).
Mix the flour and brown sugar together, breaking up any lumps of sugar.
Add the flour/sugar mixture to the date mixture and fold through until combined.
Spoon mixture into prepared pans.
Bake for 30 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
Allow to cool in pans for 5 mins and then turn upside down on a plate.
Smother with butterscotch sauce and serve with ice cream and crushed or crumbled pecans ontop.
For the butterscotch sauce (makes 2 cups)
Place sugar, butter and cream in a saucepan over medium heat.
Cook, stirring, without boiling, for 4 minutes or until sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil.
Once at the boil, reduce heat to low.
Simmer for 5 minutes or until thickened.
For the ice cream
In a medium saucepan, over a medium heat, whisk together the milk, cream, half the sugar and vanilla bean ( including the pod).
Bring the milk mixture just to the boil.
while the milk mixture is heating ( ie before it is just at the boil), combine the yolks and the remaining sugar in a mixing bowl and using a hand-held beater on slow speed or a whisk, beat until thick and pale.
Once the milk mixture has come to a slight boil, whisk about 1/3 of the hot milk mixture into the yolk mixture.
Whisk another 1/3 of the hot milk mixture to the yolk mixture.
Return the yolk mixture to the remaining 1/3 of milk mixture in the saucepan.
Using a wooden spoon, stir the mixture constantly over low heat until it thickens slightly and coats the back of a wooden spoon.
This mixture must not boil or the yolks will over cook – the process should only take a few minutes.
Pour the mixture through a sieve or mesh strainer and discard the vanilla pod.
Bring this mixture to room temperature.
Once cooled, cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours or overnight.
Churn the ice cream in an ice cream maker according to manufactures instructions.

Notes
Before being smothered with the butterscotch sauce, the puddings resemble a light but moist date cake. The more sauce the puddings absorb, the sticker they will become.
The amount of individual puddings the recipe produces will depend on the size of your pudding or muffin moulds. Whatever the size of your moulds, only add enough mixture so that they are 2/3rds full. This will allow room for the puddings to rise.
This recipe can also be used to make one large pudding by placing the mixture in a 20cm diameter pan.
To achieve a more toffee flavour for the sauce, add 25g of golden syrup.

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