Sunday, 20 April 2008

Sticky Date, Ginger & Macadamia Nut Puddings with Butterscotch Sauce

















So this is the first recipe with my homemade Glace Ginger. When I first started making these last night I could never have dreamed that they would turn out so wonderful. They are rich and decadent. They have that gingerbread smell to them. These are not for the faint hearted, they are a meal in themselves. I think the next ones need to be made in smaller ramekins or make one large one and cut into small slices. It was a struggle between the heart and the tummy to finish one. The butterscotch sauce was heaven and complimented the puddings so well. I have taken a good old Women's Weekly recipe, tarted it up and enriched it in a very decadent way. So for all of you in need of comfort like I am at the moment, please take comfort in one of my gorgeous puddings.
Ingredients
Puddings
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of dried dates
  • 1/4 cup of glace ginger
  • 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate soda
  • 1 cup (250ml) boiling water
  • 50g butter, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of self raising flour
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of macadamia nuts

Butterscotch Sauce

  • 300ml of cream
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 75g butter, chopped

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees. Grease 4 medium sized ramekins or 8 small ramekins with butter. Cut circles of greaseproof paper and place in the bottom of the ramekins. Line each ramekin with a single layer of macadamias, reserve the rest for stirring through the pudding batter.

Combine dates, ginger, soda and boiling water in a heat proof jug and allow to stand for 5 Min's so the ingredients soften. Then using a stick blender, process until nearly smooth. Then add the eggs and blend a little more. Fold in the self raising flour and macadamia nuts. Fill ramekins 3/4 of the way with the batter. Place in your preheated oven and cook for 30 Min's. Stand for 10 Min's before turning onto plates.

To make the butterscotch sauce. Stir cream, butter and sugar over a low heat in a saucepan until the sauce is hot and smooth. Pour your hot butterscotch sauce over your puddings and your done. I served it with some cream to cut through the sweetness. Next time I think some marscapone would pair very well with the exceptionally sweet puds. That tangy sourness would make a wonderful contrast to the sweetness. As warned this is not for the faint hearted it is rich, it is sweet, it is everything a winter pud should be. Comforting isn't it?

23 comments:

Vida said...

This looks so yummy, a welcome change from cupcakes, I can tell you!!! Wish I was there!!! Vida x

Squishy said...

Vida if your ever in NQ your welcome anytime. I will cook you up a feast girlfriend.

Mrs. W said...

Lovely! I love, love, love macadamia nuts--they're gorgeous on the top of your cake like that. Very nice presentation.

Joe said...

I am soooo hungry after reading that...

Anonymous said...

OoooOoooH looks so tasty Amelita!
Nice work (Y)
Ill hav to get mum to make them lol.
U hav really good food presentation.
Ur blogs looking more spiffing everytime I see it!

Love Tiff

XOo

p.s the lamb thing looks awsum as well.

Duncan | Syrup&Tang said...

Oh my! They look seriously scrumdumtious!

Coffee & Vanilla said...

Hi,

Just a short note that you have been awarded with "E for Excellent" Award :)

http://www.coffeeandvanilla.com/?p=2082

Ciao, Margot

Lorraine E said...

Ginger, dates and macadamias together? I'm sold!

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Jason said...

Gorgeous little things! I bet they'd be great around the winter holidays.

Its funny in the USA how we think of pudding as more of a mousse. We have the Jell-O company to thank for that i guess.

Squishy said...

Hey thanks everyone. They were so divine. Next in my cooking with Ginger I am going to attempt a Chocolate and ginger souffles. I think thats how you spell it. Let me know if you try the recipe for the puds guys.

Cheers
Amelita

Hungry Hamster said...

Wow, macadamia nuts in sticky date pudding? That's a great idea!

Thanks for dropping by ;)

I think I'll be a recent visitor of ur blog too! You have lots of great recipes!

rita bellnad said...

wow... beautiful pudding...

first visit, and I just love your blog !

Chopper said...

let me start by saying I am the luckiest man alive to be fed all these lovely pudds! These little gems were worth the wait! I have never seen Mrs A so proud of something she has created. The moistness of the pudd, the crunch of the nuts, and the butterscotch sauce I hear you say? Well, let me tell you, it was a bell ringer all round! I am proud to say that I was the first one to finish mine, and was stiiting at the table salivating over the slower less experienced pudd eaters. If you are a devoted pudding person, try the recipe. If you only like eating them, find someone who knows what they are doing and get them to make it for you. I did! Love you baby! Keep up the Pudd work!

KJ said...

These sound terrific. I am very impressed that you made your own glace ginger!!

kimmy said...

hello, thought i'd just drop by - and glad i did because you've done one of my favs - drooling at the butterscotch sauce and Macadamia nuts adds a great twist. Lovely, lovely, lovely....

Coffee & Vanilla said...

Amelita,
I love this recipe, this dessert looks amazing! And I'm very happy to see you posting again!!!! :)
Margot

Cooking said...

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If a site and you that it is possible, and a big connection comes,
and it was watched comment by each other by linking have you visit it,
I am happy at all. And I pray for your good luck.

Vida said...

I promise next time I am up north you and I will get together! I would love to meet you and "feast" together... likewise if you are in Melbourne, please make a beeline to my place!!! Kisses Vida x

great Big Veg Challenge said...

Amelita
Wow - that is a pudding worth making. Wonderful...
By the way - love the comment two comments up!!!

Gobbledegook!

JillyB said...

Your blog is still looking good. Sorry about the cheffing but absolutely the right thing for the family. I'm bloggong now and hope you don't mind that I've tagged you!

purple goddess said...

STICKY!!!

WHERE ARE YOU!!!

Vida said...

Hoping all is well with you x x x V