This is an English dessert that is decadently sweet. The date-based cake is soaked in a toffee sauce.
- 225 g medjool dates, pitted
- 300 g (1 1/3 cup) water
- 2 g (1 tsp) baking soda
- Combine the dates and water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil.
- Cover and let steep a few minutes.
- Using an immersion blender or after transferring to a food processor, mince> or purée or the date mixture.
- Stir in the baking soda.
- Let cool while proceeding with the remainder of the recipe.
Make extra sauce if desired to pour on the pudding at serving time.
- 150 g (2/3 cup) cream
- 115 g (8 tbs) unsalted butter
- 115 g (1/2 cup) dark brown sugar
- Combine ingredients in a saucepan.
- Place over medium heat and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
- Cook until toffee coloured and 225 °F, about 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat and pour half the sauce into a 9 x 9 inch baking pan. Spread evenly over the bottom.
- Place the pan in the refrigerator to firm the toffee while you make the cake.
- Reserve the other half of the sauce for the end of the recipe, keeping warm.
- 85 g (6 tbs) butter, room temperature
- 175 g (7/8 cup) dark brown sugar
- 175 g (1 1/2 cups) all purpose flour
- 3 g (1 1/2 tsp) baking powder
- 1 g (1/2 tsp) ground cinnamon
- .5 g (1/4 tsp) ground allspice
- .25 g (1/8 tsp) ground cloves
- .25 g (1/16 tsp) ground nutmeg
- 115 g (2) eggs
- date purée
- toffee sauce
- Preheat oven to 350 °F.
- Add the butter and sugar to a mixer and cream together. Continue to beat on medium speed until fluffy, about 5 minutes..
- Meanwhile, sift together the dry ingredients.
- Add the eggs one at a time to the butter and sugar mixture and beat in. Continue to beat until fluffy, about 1 minute.
- Stir in the flour mixture, then the date mixture. Mix just until evenly blended.
- Spread the batter evenly in the pan that has been lined with toffee.
- Put in oven and bake until the top is just firm to touch, about 30 - 35 minutes.
- Remove from oven and immediately dock with a fork.
- Spread the remaining toffee sauce over the top of the cake. Set aside and allow to soak in.