This rich, delicious, and luxurious dessert is a great comfort food on a cold winter's night.

Recipe Summary

prep:
40 mins
cook:
35 mins
additional:
15 mins
total:
1 hr 30 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 puddings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 12 cup muffin tin. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and chocolate in a small bowl, and set aside.

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  • Bring the dates and water to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Remove from the heat, and stir in the baking soda. Allow the mixture to stand for 5 minutes, then scrape into a blender, and carefully puree until smooth; set aside.

  • Cream 1/4 cup of butter together with the superfine sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well between each addition. Fold in the flour mixture and the date puree until well blended. Spoon into the prepared muffin cups.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes. Meanwhile, stir together the cream, brown sugar, and 1 cup of butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat until the butter melts; set aside.

  • When the puddings have baked for 25 minutes, remove them from the oven, and cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Remove the puddings from the muffin tin, and place them onto a baking sheet. Spoon 2 tablespoons of the sauce over each pudding, then return to the oven and bake for 5 minutes more.

  • To serve, spoon some of the sauce onto the bottom of a dessert plate, and place a pudding on top. Lightly dust with confectioners' sugar, and top with a 1/4 cup scoop of ice cream. Repeat with the remaining date puddings.

Nutrition Facts

551 calories; protein 4.6g 9% DV; carbohydrates 64.4g 21% DV; fat 32.7g 50% DV; cholesterol 123.5mg 41% DV; sodium 335.4mg 13% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
10/09/2008
My husband and I now live in Ireland. This was excellent! I no longer own a food processor so I simply "cooked" the dates until they were smooth. Having read lots of Sticky Pudding recipes I desired a thicker sauce. I cooked the sauce to more of a caramel. Removed the puddings from the pan placed a small amount of sauce in the individual dishes placed the puddings and poured the sauce over them and let them sit. They were placed back into the oven prior to serving to warm them and the sauce. Exactly how they are "done" over here. Next time I will serve them with a traditional custard as well. Thank you for sharing an easy and great recipe. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
09/17/2013
it was OK! Read More
36 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 32
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
10/09/2008
My husband and I now live in Ireland. This was excellent! I no longer own a food processor so I simply "cooked" the dates until they were smooth. Having read lots of Sticky Pudding recipes I desired a thicker sauce. I cooked the sauce to more of a caramel. Removed the puddings from the pan placed a small amount of sauce in the individual dishes placed the puddings and poured the sauce over them and let them sit. They were placed back into the oven prior to serving to warm them and the sauce. Exactly how they are "done" over here. Next time I will serve them with a traditional custard as well. Thank you for sharing an easy and great recipe. Read More
(33)
Rating: 5 stars
07/30/2010
This was great! everyone simply loved it!! I would reduce the sauce by half next time tho.. Read More
(16)
Rating: 5 stars
11/17/2010
I love 'sticky date pudding' but I leave the chocolate out and I also add 1 tbls of dark rum Read More
(15)
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Rating: 5 stars
02/16/2010
Delicious! I've been searching for a sticky toffee pudding recipe like the kind I had in Edinburgh and this is pretty darn close. Definitely 5 stars for taste but 3 stars for the process and amount of dishes you get dirty. As others have stated this would be great for dinner parties since it makes 12 individual servings but if you have some leftover like me refrigerate the puddings with some sauce on top of each one since it thickens as it cools. Microwave an individual portion and it's just as good as straight from the oven. I served mine with vanilla ice cream. Very very good but will make only once in a while since each pudding is over 500 calories. Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
11/24/2010
This was absolutely amazing!! I made it just to get rid of some dates that I had and was VERY pleasantly surprised. I don't think I would only make half of the sauce as one reviewer suggested. All of the sauce will be used up. I invited my critical neighbour over to try it and his face lit up with joy when he took the first bite! I'm pretty sure eating this put him in a better mood. I used half and half instead of heavy cream and light margarine instead of butter in the sauce. The taste was great but I'm sure the thicker sauce that would have resulted from using the heavy cream would have been amazing. I will definitely be making this again! Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
08/09/2011
A great recipe YUMMMYY! I did few alterations I replaced dark choco (didn't have any) with coca powder and I have cut back half of the sauce. I HIGHLY recommend it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/07/2010
This was FANTASTIC! I made mini cakes as well as muffins and they turned out soft and fluffy! I haven't tried the sauce. Just made the cakes. I did make a few changes cut the sugar down (out of 375g - 200g) 1/3 of the flour I used wholemeal flour used self raising instead of adding baking powder 1/3 of the liquid added to the pot with the dates was orange juice got that from other recipies used margarine instead of butter cause thats what I had can't tell the difference Note: I found the mixture after cooking was too thick to be blended successfully but was already so mushy the blending wasn't really needed. In the future I would: completely use only wholemeal flour for a more gritty earthy taste? Maybe add some nuts. Will make again. Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
05/17/2010
Wow what a winner. I made this for a group of mates for an after bbq pudding and went down a treat as it was a really cold night and the guys were frozen. Having individual servings was fantastic and made a double recipe so have frozen the few that were left over. They are very sweet and rich though so cant eat too many (which is probably a good thing!!). Just divine thank you so much for a fantastic recipe. Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
04/19/2010
Wonderful recipe. Didn't change a thing besides reducing the sauce part by half. Family loves them. All the ladies at ladies night raved. The guys at work couldn't get enough. And me... I would say this is one of my favorite puddings. If your concerned about it tasting like dates two of my children don't like dates but loves this. Also don't be concerned if the mixture is a thinner consistency than muffins. Thanks Lian W for sharing. Read More
(6)
Rating: 2 stars
09/17/2013
it was OK! Read More
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