I had an attack of the late night sweet munchies a few nights ago and wanted something quick and simple to satisfy the urge. There has also been a large jar of dates in the pantry that has not been getting much attention recently and the last thing I need is a jar of time-expired dates…
The winning contender was this recipe from The Whimsical Wife…
10-12 dates, roughly chopped
1 1/2 Tbsp Boiling Water
1/8 tsp Baking Soda
11/2 Tbsp Butter
1 1/2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp Flour
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1 Egg (originally this was one egg between two desserts but was too dry)
1 Tbsp Walnuts, roughly chopped
4 Tbsp Brown Sugar
1 Tbsp Butter (originally only a teaspoon but not caramelly enough)
4 tablespoons of cream (originally this was only a teaspoon of milk or cream but this led to a sauce that was more fudge than sauce – the extra liquid makes all the difference).
Place the chopped dates and water in a large mug and microwave for 50 sec until the dates are softened.
Add the Bicarb soda and let it sit for 30 seconds before mashing the dates roughly with a spoon.
Add the butter and place again in the microwave for 10-15 seconds to soften and melt.
Add the sugar, egg, walnuts and flour and mix to combine thoroughly. The original recipe called for only half the walnuts and for these to be sprinkled on top – I think I get a better result mixing more walnuts throughout the mix.
Place in the microwave on a sauce for 1 minute. It may need a further 10-20 sec to finish it off completely, depending on your microwave.
For the caramel sauce, place the the sugar, butter and cream into an ovenproof ramekin and microwave for 20 seconds.
Remove and stir and repeat another three times.
Shake the sticky date pudding from the mug into a dessert plate, and add ice cream.
…and cream and drizzle the sauce over it all. you can see from these pics of my first attempt that there simply isn’t enough sauce to be useful…
Definitely a keeper but very very very rich – even I could only eat this maybe once a week at most…the pudding itself is a lot less gooey than the other similar cake in a cup desserts that I have tried so I intend experimenting with it further to see how it goes in the chocolate, banana and golden desserts in a cup that I have played with previously…