The aroma of this wonderful dessert will fill your kitchen as it bakes and even better, it’s a little lighter on the hips. All the more reason to enjoy when comfort is the order of the day!

15 min
25 mins


Sticky Date Puddings

  1. 250g pitted dates, roughly chopped
  2. 1½ cups (375ml) boiling water
  3. 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  4. Cooking oil spray, to grease
  5. 100g butter, chopped, softened
  6. 1¼ cups EQUAL SPOONFUL
  7. 3 large eggs
  8. 1 tsp Queen Vanilla Bean Paste
  9. 1½ cups (225g) self raising flour
  10. 1 tsp ground ginger
  11. 1 tsp mixed spice
  12. 1 tsp ground cinnamon or Queen Cinnamon Baking Paste
  13. Ice-cream, to serve

Salted Caramel Sauce

  1. 125ml butter, chopped
  2. 1/4 cup EQUAL SPOONFUL
  3. 1 heaped tbsp golden syrup
  4. 150ml thickened cream
  5. Pinch of sea-salt flakes

Method - Sticky Date Puddings

  1. Step 1

    Place dates and water in a medium saucepan over a high heat. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 2 minutes or until dates are slightly softened. Remove from heat and stir in bicarbonate of soda. Set aside to cool to room temperature.

  2. Step 2

    Meanwhile, grease 8 holes of two 6-hole 3/4 cup capacity Texas muffin tins with cooking oil spray. Line base of each hole with a disc of baking paper.

  3. Step 3

    Preheat oven 180°C (fan forced). Place butter in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat on high, with paddle attachment, until pale. Add Equal Spoonful and beat until mixture resembles crumbs. Add eggs, Vanilla Bean Paste and ½ cup of the flour and beat well with a wooden spoon for 1 minute or until combined. Add spices, remaining flour and the cooled date mixture, and mix until well combined. Spoon mixture evenly into prepared holes (approx. 1/3 cup batter into each hole). Bake for 25 minutes or until golden.

Method - Salted Caramel Sauce

  1. Step 1

    To make salted caramel sauce, put butter in a small saucepan over a medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until melted. Stir in Equal Spoonful and golden syrup. Bring to the boil and stir in cream. Bring back to the boil, stirring continuously, then simmer, stirring, for a further 4 minutes or until light golden. Stir in sea-salt flakes.

  2. Step 2

    Serve puddings with ice-cream and salted caramel sauce.

This recipe is thanks to our friends at Equal. Click here to see the original recipe and discover more healthier baking recipes.

If using Queen Cinnamon Baking Paste, incorporate paste into wet ingredients.

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