Sticky Date Pudding

On Sunday we were hoping for a cold snap that would see snow fall around these parts. I got excited and called my friend Mrs Munro and suggested we have a hot lunch at our place: roast beef and béarnaise sauce and for dessert a sticky date pudding with hot caramel sauce. I had visions of us sitting in by the fire while the snow slowly drifted by out the window and then after lunch the kids playing in the snow.

Except it didn’t happen. Well it did for LOTS of areas but not ours. It was cold sure, but then isn’t it always at winter? So while we didn’t have snow we certainly had a lovely lunch and perhaps the best sticky date pudd I have ever made. I use the recipe from Stephanie Alexander’s The Cooks Companion: it’s very easy, quick and delicious. So not all was lost from the disappointment of snowmaggedon.

Stephanie Alexander’s Sticky Date Pudding

170 grams dates, stoned & chopped
1 teaspoon bi carb soda
200mls boiling water
60 grams butter
3/4 cup caster sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups self raising flour
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups of brown sugar
1 cup thick cream
250 grams butter

1. Chop the dates and place in a bowl with the bi carb soda and boiling water. I used the food processor to quickly chop them up


2. Cream the butter and sugar then add in the eggs one at a time


3. Fold in the flour and vanilla and then add in the date mixture


4. Put into a 180 degree pre heated oven and cook for 30-40 minutes until a skewer comes out clean


5. For the sauce into a saucepan add the brown sugar, stick of butter and cream and bring to the boil. Once it’s boiled turn down and let it simmer for 5 minutes

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6. Once the pudding is ready bring it out of the oven and pour a little sauce over it and return to the oven for 2-3 minutes to let it soak in

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7. To serve cut into squares and pour the hot sauce over its back. Feel free to add some extra custard, cream or ice cream because: DER

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This pudd will never fail to impress the crowds. There were lots of praise for this and even better I made it in the morning set it aside on the bench and then hours later re-heated the sauce and we were good to go. Winner!

What’s your favourite kind of winter dessert?
Did you get some snow or cold weather over the weekend?


  1. Nom.

  2. We too were expecting snow…arctic freeze, pfft, what a fizzer that was. And we live on the top of a mountain! Guess what, sticky date pudding was on my menu this week too! I was going to make it Saturday night, you know, to thaw out our freezing bellies, and because I had just been to the supermarket I had all the ingredients. Um, wrong. I came home to find I’d forgotten the dates. Stupid baby brain. But all is not lost because today I see your post, and this recipe looks ahhh-mazing. Putting some sauce over it, then back in the oven to soak through. Genius. I’m loving that you made it in the morning too. Can I just ask if you heated the whole pudding again, or just the sauce when it came time to demolish, I mean, dish? Thanks!

    • VERY disappointing wasn’t it?! With the pud…the oven was still warm from the roast (even after it had been turned off) so I just whacked the pudd in the tray still in there for 15 mins or so and the residual heat warmed it up. If you had taken it out of the baking tray I reckon a min or so in the microwave would be enough to warm it through. Enjoy!

  3. My kids have been begging for sticky date pudding for ages. What size pan did you cook this in?

  4. Looks delish! I can see scenes of Xmas in July, cancelled due to the poor performance of snowmegedon. We cosied up with soup and sourdough as you do and cancelled all plans as we prepped for the non event! But wait they reckon Wednesday its all on again!

  5. That looks so good……..dribble, dribble 🙂 Might have to give it a try

  6. Lisa Mckenzie says

    I love sticky date pudding I was just thinking about it this morning ,thank you for the sign that I should be making it Beth Xx

  7. a little weakness for sticky date pudding! … thanks beth!
    it looks quite easy too! … all good!
    love m:)X

  8. Ooh sticky date pudding…Takes me back ti the mid 90’s….gosh what a love affair that was!

    This is a MUST for this weekends bake-off. Gonna take a tip from my Nana and do more baking on the weekends as it makes the kitchen the warmest place in the house- THE best idea for below ten degree days! We didn’t even make it past 9 degrees here in Melbourne today, second day in a row. Arctic polar freeze, I hear ya loud and bloody clear.

  9. Stephanie Alexander’s recipe is the only one for sticky date! So good and such an obscene amount of butter and sugar!

  10. Sticky date pudding is the business. An oft requested favourite when we have friends over for dinner. I make it in little dariole moulds and bake them in a water bath, almost like an oven version of a steamed pudding, but Stephanie’s recipe looks much simpler.
    And the butterscotch sauce should come with a health warning…..but sooo delicious.

  11. I made the sticky date the day you posted the recipe. I’ve just come down from my sugar high but man was it worth it! My only issue was trying to not eat, ok drink, the sauce right out of the pot before it even hit the pudding. Rooky error? Nah, that was the best bit! The way the sauce gives a middle finger salute to the food pyramid just made me love it even more.


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