Rating: 3.04 stars
28 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 12
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 3

This traditional British holiday dessert from food writer Jane Hornby's "What to Cook and How to Cook It" is a cross between sticky toffee and Christmas pudding, but with a lighter feel. Dates add moisture and sweetness.

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Servings:
8
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Ingredients

For the Cake
For the Sauce
For Serving

Directions

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  • Make the cake: Place dates in a small saucepan and add just enough water to cover. Place pan over medium heat and bring to a boil; cook until dates are very soft, about 5 minutes.

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  • Drain the dates and discard cooking liquid. Transfer to the bowl of a food processor; process until smooth. Let cool slightly. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees; butter an 8-by-8-inch baking pan and line with parchment paper.

  • Add butter and brown sugar to bowl of food processor with dates; process until smooth.

  • Add eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, flour, and salt; process until smooth. Spoon batter into prepared pan; transfer to oven and bake until a cake tester inserted into cake comes out dry, 40 to 45 minutes.

  • Make the sauce: Meanwhile, place butter and sugar in a medium saucepan. Add heavy cream and cook over low heat until butter is melted and sugar dissolved, about 5 minutes. Increase heat to medium-high and simmer until sauce has thickened and darkened, about 10 minutes; remove from heat and set aside.

  • Cut cake into squares and transfer to serving plates. Spoon sauce over cake and serve with cream or ice cream, if desired.

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Reviews (2)

28 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 12
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: Unrated
07/27/2011
please correct the error in the sauce. Thank you.
Rating: Unrated
12/30/2010
To use all purpose flour, just add two teaspoons of baking powder.