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sticky date pudding with butterscotch sauce
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5 from 2 votes

Sticky Date Pudding

An easy and delicious recipe for the most popular of puddings: Sticky Date!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Australian
Keyword: Sticky Date Pudding
Servings: 20 servings
Calories: 227kcal



  • 225 grams roughly chopped and pitted dates (1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 teaspoon bicarb soda
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 50 grams butter
  • 3/4 cup caster sugar (165 grams)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup SR flour

Butterscotch Sauce

  • 100 grams unsalted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar (200 grams)
  • 1 cup thickened cream (heavy cream) (250 ml)



  • Preheat oven to moderate (170 degrees celsius, fan-forced) and place a large baking tray filled with water on the bottom shelf.
  • Grease tins well (use standard muffin/cupcake tins - recipe makes 20 muffin-size puddings - or bar tins - use two approx 24 x 14cm tins).
  • Combine chopped dates, bicarb soda and water in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Simmer for one minute and then set aside to cool.
  • Cream butter and sugar in stand mixer and add vanilla extract.
  • Add eggs one at a time, beating on med-high for 1-2 minutes after each addition.
  • Add date mixture (it doesn't need to be completely cool but shouldn't be hot) and mix on low-medium speed for one minute.
  • Gradually add sifted flour and mix using lowest speed until completely combined. The mixture will be quite runny.
  • If using (2 x) bar tins, pour half of mixture into each tin.
  • If using muffin tins, fill each pan only two thirds full.
  • Cover tins loosely with foil.
    cover puddings with foil
  • Place onto middle shelf in oven and bake for 35 minutes (for bar tins) or 30 minutes (for muffin tins). Make sure there is still plenty of water left in the baking tray on the lower shelf.
  • Once cooked, allow to cool a little for a few minutes and then gently ease the puddings from the tins, using a butter knife if necessary to separate the sides of the puddings from the tin.

Butterscotch Sauce

  • Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to the boil, stirring continually.
  • Simmer for three minutes.
  • Serve puddings with butterscotch sauce, both warm, and ice-cream or cream.



Calories: 227kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 88mg | Potassium: 112mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 387IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg