I recommend making the puddings a few days in advance and soaking in the sauce as described at the end of the recipe if you want a really sticky experience. Serve with ice-cream or a good dollop of custard sauce. Any wonder it is one of Harry Potter's favourite puddings.
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
- 8 oz/225g cooking dates, stoned and chopped small
- 6 fl oz/175ml boiling water
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 6 oz/ 175g self-raising
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 2 large, fresh eggs, lightly beaten
- 3 oz/85g butter , softened, plus extra for greasing
- 5 oz/140g demerara sugar
- 2 tbsp black treacle
- 3 ½ fl oz/100ml milk
- 6 oz /175g light muscovado sugar
- 2 oz/55g butter , cut into pieces
- 8 oz/ 225ml heavy/double cream
- 1 tbsp black treacle
Preheat the oven to 325°F/160°C/Gas 3
Make the cake
- Butter 6, 7fl/oz/200ml individual pudding tins or use an 8" x 8" x 2 ½" deep (20cm x 20cm x 6.5cm deep) square baking dish and dust lightly with flour.
- Put the chopped dates into a large glass bowl, cover with boiling water, leave for 20 minutes to swell and soften. Once soft, add the vanilla extract.
- Sieve the flour and bicarbonate of soda into a large baking bowl.
- In another baking bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until light and creamy, don't worry about grains of sugar, they will melt during cooking.
- Little by little, add the beaten eggs, mixing really well between additions. Add the treacle and beat well.
- Using a large metal spoon carefully fold in one third of the flour, then carefully stir in one third of the milk. Repeat until all the flour and milk is used up.
- Add the chopped dates (including any liquid in the bowl) and stir gently. The pudding mixture will resemble a thick batter.
- Divide the mixture between the six pudding tins, place on a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 20 - 25 mins for individual puddings or 45 - 50 mins for the large square. The cake should be raised and firm to the touch, if not cook a little longer but take care not to burn. Once ready, remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tins for 10 minutes before turning out.
Meanwhile Make the Sauce
- Over a medium heat, melt the butter, sugar and half the cream in a saucepan. Raise the heat slightly and bring to the boil stirring constantly until all the sugar has dissolved. Add the treacle and allow the sauce to bubble for 2 mins. Remove from the heat and leave to cool for 1 minute then stir in the remaining cream.
- Place a portion of the cake onto warm individual serving dishes, and drizzle generous amounts of sauce over.
- Serve with custard or ice cream.
The puddings drenched in the sauce also freeze well. Reheat as above.