For the pudding
- 225g whole medjool dates/any soft good quality dates
- 175ml boiling water
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 175g plain flour, plus extra for greasing
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 2 eggs
- 85g butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
- 140g demerara sugar/ brown sugar
- 2 tbsp black treacle
- 100ml milk
- cream or custard or ice cream to serve (optional)
For the toffee sauce
- 175g light muscovado sugar or powdered brown sugar
- 50g butter, cut into pieces
- 225ml double cream
- 1 tbsp black treacle
For the treacle
- 50 granulated sugar
- 1 tbsp water
- I/4 lime
- 200 gm granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup boiling water ( add more if needed)
Finely chop the dates and soak them in boiling water for around 30 minutes.
You could use muffin/cupcake trays for individual puddings or use a loaf tin or a baking dish of your choice to make it. I just line my cupcake tray with liners as I find the individual portions are easier to manage. The quantity is sufficient for almost 14-16 cupcakes. I used additional ramekins for the batter that didn’t fit in my standard cupcake tray. If you are using other baking dishes, grease and flour or line them with greaseproof paper .
While the dates are soaking, we can get the rest of the ingredients ready. It is always good to have all ingredients such as butter, eggs and milk at room temperature before you start.
To soften your butter and get it to room temperature, add boiling water to a large cup( just enough to cover the butter without touching it). Throw the water aside, and now use the warmed cup to cover the butter.
You could also follow the video below from Sally’s Baking Addiction for another way to soften butter.
The original recipe required different types of brown sugar, but I have tried with various combinations and have realised that the end result is more or less the same that my family did not figure out the difference till I let them know that I did. (These experiments were also one of the reason for delays in doing this post but pure laziness takes 80% of the excesses list)
If you are using self raising flour, skip the 2 tsp baking powder.
Sift Flour, baking soda and baking powder thrice for it to be evenly distributed.
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
Be mindful of the fact that since there is a fairly large portion of raising agents, only fill 3/4th the container. There needs to be sufficient room for it to rise.
If you do not have readymade treacle, please follow the video below by Steve Owens to make treacle at home as it is essential for this recipe.
I did follow the same recipe but I made it with quarter of the content as we only need 3tbsp for this recipe.
Granulated Sugar -50g , Water at room temperature – 1 tbsp.. let the sugars start to burn to a very dark brown almost black . turn the heat off and let it cool a little. Add 125g sugar and 1/4 cup of boiling hot water. Squeeze a bit of lime juice and a sliver of lime and let it boil for 30-40 minutes. You might need to add more water till you get the right consistency.
I tried the recipe with lime instead of lemon and it worked just fine. I did have to add water and reheat in the end to get the right consistency. If you have ever had Ferradol, I would say that is the right consistency.This is crucial to this recipe , so please don’t skip this ingredient.