Yield Makes about 1 1/2 pounds
- 1 cup chopped toasted macadamia nuts
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup butter
- 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate morsels
- 1/2 cup Toasted sweetened flaked coconut
- 75g dates, stoned and chopped
- 75g butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
- 50g light brown soft sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 140g self-raising flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 150ml double cream
- 75g light brown soft sugar
- 25g butter
- Put the dates in a small saucepan and pour over 75ml water. Bring to a simmer and cook for 3-4 mins until the dates are mushy and have absorbed the water. Gently stir to blend.
- Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Grease and line the bases of 4 x 150ml pudding moulds. Cream the butter and sugar with an electric whisk until pale and fluffy. Gradually add the eggs and vanilla, then fold in the flour and baking powder. Mix in the blended date purée and divide between the moulds. Transfer to a roasting tin and pour enough boiling water in to reach halfway up the moulds. Cover the tin with foil and cook for 25 mins until risen and firm to the touch.
- Meanwhile, make the sauce. Pour half the cream and all the sugar and butter into a small, heavy-bottomed pan. Heat gently until sugar has dissolved, stirring often. Turn up the heat and bubble for 3-4 mins until the sauce is glossy and thick, then stir in the remaining cream. Re-heat the sauce when the puddings are cooked and serve poured on top.
- 200g pitted whole date, preferably Medjool
- 75ml rapeseed oil, plus ½ tsp for oiling tins
- 175g self-raising flour, plus some for dusting
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp black treacle
- 2 medium eggs
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 100g unrefined demerara sugar
- 100g natural yogurt
- 100g light muscovado sugar
- 25g butter, cut into pieces
- 1½ tsp black treacle
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 100g half-fat crème fraîche
- Chop the dates into small pieces, put in a small bowl then pour over 175ml boiling water. Leave to cool, about 30 mins. Oil (using the ½ tsp oil) then flour 7 x 200ml pudding tins (tapping out excess flour). Sit them on a baking sheet.
- Stir the vanilla and treacle into the dates, and mash with a fork to a rough purée.
- Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. To make the puddings, beat the eggs in a small bowl. Mix the bicarbonate of soda and 175g flour together. Stir the 75ml oil and demerara sugar together in a larger bowl, using a wooden spoon. Pour in the eggs a bit at a time, beating as you go. Gently fold in one-third of the flour with a large metal spoon, then half the yogurt. Don’t overmix. Repeat, finishing with the last of the flour. Gently stir the mashed dates in to a thick batter. Spoon evenly between the tins. Bake for 20-25 mins.
- Meanwhile, make the sauce. Put the muscovado sugar and butter into a small heavy-based pan. Heat over a low-medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar starts to dissolve, without bringing to the boil or it may burn. The mixture will be quite thick, like fudge, and the sugar won’t dissolve completely at this stage. Take the pan off the heat, then stir in the black treacle and vanilla. Cool for 1-2 mins, then stir in the crème fraîche a spoonful at a time, so it incorporates smoothly into the mixture. If it’s a bit lumpy, use a small wire whisk to break them up.
- To serve, loosen around the sides of the puddings with a round-bladed knife, then turn out onto plates. Spoon a little sauce over each one and finish with a drizzle of it on the plate. Puddings and sauce can be made up to 2 days ahead.
- 175g unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 140g golden caster sugar
- 2 egg yolks
- 50g ground almond
- 85g chewy toffees, roughly chopped
- 85g/3oz ready-to-eat dried apple chunks, roughly chopped
- 225g self-raising flour
- 2 tbsp milk
- Preheat the oven to fan 170C/conventional 190C/gas 5. Using an electric whisk, beat together the butter and sugar until pale and creamy.
- Stir in the egg yolks, ground almonds, toffees, dried apple and flour. Mix well together then roll into walnut-sized balls.
- Place well apart on two non-stick or lined baking sheets and flatten slightly with your hand. Brush with milk and bake for 8-12 minutes until golden. Leave to firm up for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool completely.