Monday, 23 August 2010

Sticky date pudding with a kick-ass butterscotch sauce

I had invited some friends over for lunch on Sunday and was in the mood to experiment. A very optimistic me set out researching recipes online (google, I totally love ya) and was soon distracted by the other half with his vacuum cleaning asking me to move from one place to another. Didn't have too much time to go through all my bookmarked recipes and so decided to go ahead with a Chicken curry recipe an uncle of Ro's had passed down, and this sticky date pudding/cake which just took my breath away.
I was a wee bit sceptical about trying out something completely new, especially when I had invited people over, but I braved my way through this one and it turned out to be one of the best desserts I've ever made (if I may say so myself..grin). On a side note, I think I should rename my blog to Clumsy Queen or Calamity Jane or something like that..because I just cant seem to carry out any cooking task without making a mess or causing trouble. The sticky part of the date pudding comes from the butterscotch sauce which I ended up with in my hair and the pictures I clicked caused such a mess, lets just say it was a 'sticky affair.'

I halved the recipe because I wasn't too sure about the outcome and was almost prepared to run to Sainsbury's to buy dessert if this one hadn't turned out nice. I made them in muffin cases because it was easier to do individual servings and made them a day in advance. The butterscotch sauce was made on the same day I had people over. Without further rambling, lets take a peek at this delectable Australian dessert

Sticky Date Cake 
De-seeded dry dates- 135 gms
Water- 156ml
Baking soda- 1/2 tsp
Butter- 30 gms
Egg- 1
Good quality vanilla extract- 1/2 tsp
Self- raising flour- 94 gms
Firmly packed dark brown sugar- 75 gms

Slice the dates into smaller chunks and place in a saucepan with water, over high heat.
When it comes to a boil, add the baking soda and butter and remove from heat.
Stir and set it aside to cool lightly. In this time the butter will melt. Stir again in between if necessary.
In the mean time, mix together the self raising flour and brown sugar making sure there are no lumps.
When the date mixture has lightly cooled, use a potato masher or the back of a fork to break up the mix or even better use a food processor and pulse a few times to get a chunky mix. It is OK to have a few bite size chunks remaining. Its a pleasure to bite into those.
Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat till well mixed.
Add this date mixture to the flour and sugar mix and fold the ingredients together until just combined and you don't see traces of flour.
Place 6 muffin cases in a muffin pan and pour the batter till 3/4th full.
Place in the middle rack of an oven preheated at 180C and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or till a tooth pick comes out clean.
Take the muffin tray out and let it cool for 5 minutes before transferring it on to a wire rack. 
Store in a cool dry place or in an air tight container, if making it a day ahead. I left it in the oven itself overnight and it was just fine. But do this, only if its made a day in advance.

Butterscotch Sauce (BBC good food)
Double cream- 3.25 oz/ 93 ml
Firmly packed brown sugar- 83 gms
Butter- 75 gms
Vanilla extract- 1/4 tsp
Lime juice- 1 tsp (optional)

Mix all these ingredients together in a saucepan and place over medium heat, mixing well till its all melted and then stirring continuously on low heat, till the sauce thickens.
Keep aside to cool lightly and if the sauce thickens before serving, place it back on fire and heat till it becomes a bit loose.

Place all the muffins in a deep dish and using a skewer or toothpick pierce them in a few places, right to the bottom.
Pour the warm butterscotch sauce over the pudding making sure they seep right through the holes to the bottom making it super duper moist.
Serve with vanilla ice cream drizzled with the remaining butterscotch sauce.
Notes: You can make the cake in a 9 inch pan instead of muffin cases.
I say cake because I omitted the assembling bit. I thought it would be a little too strong with the butterscotch sauce in the pudding. So what I did was, drip the butterscotch sauce over the muffins and then lightly heated it in the microwave for about 5 seconds just before serving. Also added a scoop of vanilla ice cream drizzled with the sauce as an added treat.
You can refrigerate the left over sauce in an air tight container. I absolutely loved the sauce in spite of it taking a wee bit longer than expected. It is perfect to drizzle on cakes, cookies and ice creams.
The recipe and procedure might seem long, but trust me, it is one of the most easiest and yummiest desserts to make.


Cool Lassi(e) said...

Oh my, this took my breath away too. So lovely it looks that I want one of those..or two..or more..

GB said...

Oooh! I like sauce with attitude!!! Not a big fan of dates, but the butterscotchy goodness has me drooling! :)

Guna's kitchen said...

OMG!!!!! fantastic pudding with butterscotch sauce..... luks mindblowing and very tempting.. feels like to tate them....bookmared it!!.. beautifully clicked

Kamalika said...

Lovely snap...the dish looks truely divine..

Kairali sisters said...

Wow Nisha, i want that right now, buttterscotch is my fav flavor..cannot take my eyes off of that sauce buddy, i love it...

Satrupa said...

Gr8 looking pudding..... Pass me some :)

Cheers n Happy Cooking,

Sharmilee! :) said...

Wow droolworthy pics...looks so yum

Monet said...

You know how to make me happy! I adore dates and I'm always a sucker for butterscotch. I would have a hard time stopping at just one of these beauties!

aipi said...

That indeed looks delectable ..My hubby loves anything with this is definitely in my to do list :)

Sanjeeta kk said...

Very cute and healthy cakes. Love your date syrup. Excellent clicks.

Ananda Rajashekar said...

Drool worthy pic, awesome clicks..... darling i must say seeing your blog in the morning at office can be offensive for as my adrenal starts to behave different! ha ha ha wrt to clumsy queen am into the community :D

Sweet Artichoke said...

Oh my! This butterscotch sauce looks divine. Your pictures are amazing!
I am definitely trying these date muffins soon. They look super yummy!

Asha said...

I am staying in a hotel for the past 3 weeks..and hence no adventurous cooking... That photos of yours are driving me crazy!!! and left my stomach grumbling as I am a big dates fan...Yummy....

Priya said...

Omg, cant take my eyes from the clicks, absolutely delicious..

Padhu said...

Wow!! lovely photos !! Butterscotch sauce looks irresistible and I feel like licking it.the 4th picture is just amazing! Nice recipe also


What a lovely picture! looks irresistible and perfect...

Suja Sugathan said...

OMG..irresistible..both look fantastic.sauce looks divine.

Gulmohar said...

Fantastic...irresistibly yumm..what else I would say

Superchef said...

Dates has recently moved from being something I hate to something I love (but only if made into something) still don't like it that much as it is. My current dates faves are the dates and honey icecream and a date pancake with vanilla icecream I had a t a restaurant recently. Have to recreate that now.

The sticky date cake with that sauce looks absolutely messy in a delicious way!

Satya said...

its a bewitching dessert ...very irresistible..


Shriya said...

Awesome click!!! Inviting and delicious pudding.

Tanvi said...

Lovely clicks...I love anything with butterscotch!
And the little cake looks too moist!

Pratiba Bhat said...

Reminds me of Nigella Bites TV Show :)

Nitha said...

wow.. Nisha that looks so great..Love the butterscotch flavor always :)

Mallugirl said...

yum.. u had me at sticky!!!

Aidinha...The Cosmic Girl said...

looking amazing!!! I hope you won't mind but i linked you on my blog as I tend to do with my regular reads!!
ps: was looking for a good recipe for butterscotch sauce, I think I found it!!! Take care

Yummy Team said...

WOW!! Those are some really tempting pictures especially the second one..

Patricia Torres said...

*sigh* the images here are so so inspiring.. I'm a good for nothing when it comes to the kitchen.. so I totally admire and envy people who can share this stuff... Awesome!!

My heart skipped a beat at this post..

PS - Loved your blog!

Pavithra said...

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm heavenly.. My fav BS sauce ..I am totally carving for some cake now seeing this stunning pictures.

Nostalgia said...

Oh Gee.. another good collection of pictures. I always love pictures showing movement especially the kind which is pouring caramel and chocolate and when it is butterscotch I ramble like I am doing now. Awesome!

T.K said...

looks scrumptious!! love the glazed look of the topping =)
you have such a pretty blog