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the goods

1 can sweetened condensed milk

1 cup good, soft pitted dates, chopped

1 cup boiling water

1 tspn+1 tspn  baking powder

1/3 cup canola oil (or 2 oz melted butter)

2 eggs

2/3 cup brown sugar

1 cup wholemeal flour

1 tspn cinnamon

you will need:

  • mixing bowl
  • pudding steamer and large saucepan with lid
  • 9 inch cake pan and a baking pan large enough for the cake pan to sit in

time: 15 minutes active, 1 hr baking, 1 1/2 hr steaming





dulce de leche sticky date pudding

I love an 'old school' pudding.

When I would come home from school on a winter's day and hear the 'rattle, rattle, rattle' of the pudding steamer on the stove, every itty bitty part of me would be thrilled.

Mum used to make jam rolly poly, chocolate self-saucing pudding, jam pudding, syrup pudding...all in a faithful, old metal steamer.

Later, when I couldn't find a steamer of my own, I converted most of these recipes to oven dishes and just baked them in a water bath.

Sticky Date Pudding is one of those things you don't mess with; gooey, unctuous pudding; tooth aching toffee sauce; pouring cream. Heaven!

For some reason, maybe I didn't have any butter or cream in the house, I made this version using canola oil in the cake and, instead of making a separate toffee sauce, I simply poured a can of condensed milk into the bottom of the pan.

Over the cooking time, the condensed milk caramelizes into a heavenly sauce.

I've tried this recipe in both a stove top steamer and baked in a dish in the oven.

You might try regular flour instead of the wholemeal if you prefer.

fill the kettle and set it on to boil

pour the condensed milk into the bottom of the cake pan or steamer and set it into the freezer to firm a little

mix dates, 1 cup boiling water and 1 tspn baking powder in a small bowl

preheat the oven (if using) to 350f

mix the oil, flour, eggs, sugar, 1 tspn baking powder and cinnamon in a large bowl. A swift beating with a wooden spoon should do it really.

add the dates and their liquid to the cake batter and stir to combine.

pour the cake batter into the cake pan or steamer, try to cover the condensed milk with the batter.

if steaming: secure the steamer top and lower into a pot of boiling water. Steam 1 1/2 hrs and keep topping up with boiling water. Cover the pot.

if baking: pour boiling water into the larger baking dish, lower the cake pan into the dish, trying to get the water at least half way up the sides of the cake pan. Carefully place everything in the oven and bake for about 1 hr

serve: with cream or ice cream.