mini sticky date puddings

with toffee sauce

  • 1¼ cups (225g) chopped fresh dates
  • ¾ cup (180ml) boiling water 
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 
  • 75g unsalted butter, chopped 
  • ½ cup (90g) brown sugar 
  • 2 eggs 
  • ¾ cup (105g) self-raising flour 

toffee sauce

  • 150g unsalted butter, chopped 
  • 1 cup (250ml) single (pouring) cream 
  • 1½ cups (260g) brown sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 160°C. Place the dates, water and bicarbonate of soda in a bowl and set aside for 5 minutes.
  2. Place the date mixture, butter and sugar in a food processor and process until well combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, add the eggs and flour and process until just combined.
  3. Divide the mixture between 12 x ½ cup-capacity (125ml) lightly greased cupcake tins and cook for 18–22 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer.
  4. To make the toffee sauce, place the butter, cream and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Bring to the boil and cook for 8–10 minutes or until thickened slightly. Allow to cool slightly and pour over the puddings to serve. Makes 12.
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