Australian Sticky Date Pudding

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Title: Australian Sticky Date Pudding
Yield: 1 Servings
Categories: Bakery, Sheet cake, Typed


1/2 c Butter, room temperature
-cut into eight pieces
Plus extra to butter pan
1 1/4 c Chopped pitted dates
1 ts Baking soda
1/4 c Granulated sugar
2 Eggs
1 1/4 c All purpose flour
1/2 ts Salt
1/2 ts Vanilla
1 3/4 ts Baking powder

-------------------------------CARAMEL SAUCE-------------------------------
1/2 c Butter
1/4 c Whipping cream
1/2 c Firm packed brown sugar PLUS
1 tb Firm packed brown sugar
1/2 ts Vanilla

This Australian recipe, a very moist cake, not what we'd call a pudding,
has taken Down Under by storm. you'll find it on restaurant and dinner
party menus across that country. This version was printed recently by the
New York times.

TO PREPARE CAKE: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9-inch round
baking pan withsides at least 2 inches high, such as a springform pan.

Place the dates in a saucepan and cover with water (about 1-1/2 cups).
Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer and cook for 3 minutes. Add the baking
soda (the mixture will foam) and set aside.

In a bowl, cream the cut up butter, sugar and eggs, adding the eggs one at
a time. Gently mix in the flour, salt and vanilla. Stowly stir in the
baking powder and 1/4 cup of the liquid from cooking the dates, until the
cake mixture resembles thick pancake batter. Drain off remainder of date
cooking liquid and discard. Stir in the dates.

Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until cooked in the center.

TO PREPARE CARAMEL SAUCE: Combine the butter, whipping cream, brown sugar
and vanilla. Bring to a boil; reduce to simmer, and cook for 3 minutes.

TO SERVE: Drizzle some of the sauce over the cake as it is cooling. Serve
the rest of the sauce separately.

Makes 10 servings

Per Serving:
Calories: 384 (4% protein, 47% carbohydrate, 50% fat)
Protein: 4 grams
Fat: 22 grams
Cholesterol: 100 mg
Carbohydrate: 46 grams
Sodium: 441 mg
Exchanges: 1 fruit, 1-1/2 starch, 4-1/2 fat

Source: Oregonian FoodDay 1995
Typos by Dorothy Flatman
Posted to MM-Recipes Digest V3 #266

Date: Sat, 28 Sep 1996 07:00:52 -0500

From: (S.Pickell)