Icky, the Sticky Date Pudding is our Friend

24 May


I have never tasted the decadence of sticky date pudding or anything close to its league until I step foot in the land of Oz. I found this recipe on a “Love your body” propaganda leaflet that was given out by a Women’s Rights group at Melbourne Uni. On it, it said, ” Don’t diet, Riot!” and with that came this amazingly yummy recipe.

Jason loves this recipe. I made it for him on Wednesday night as a bribe, so that he would eat the Thai fish cakes that I made us for dinner (He hates fish). Funny thing was – he actually enjoyed the fish cakes (He did ask if I could use mince pork or chicken the next time though.)

Below is a picture of our friend, Icky, up close and personal (See all the yummy, moist sticky dates).


To inject some autumn happiness into the world, make this recipe for your friends and loved ones. And remember to celebrate your body – regardless of its shape or size. Eat well, exercise, dance, move, laugh, hug your friends, smile and never take your health for granted. xoxo

P.S: I used fresh dates from the market this time round and it made the pudding taste extra good.

P.P.S: To Dave, my lovely friend and loyal follower of this flog – You’re going to love this one. 🙂

Ingredients for the pudding

  • 200 grams fresh dates pitted and chopped
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 75 grams butter (softened)
  • 150 grams caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 180 self raising flour, sifted

Ingredients for the toffee sauce

  • 150 grams soft brown sugar
  • 1 cup thickened cream
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence


  1. Preheat oven to 180 degree Celsius
  2. Mix dates and bicarbonate of soda in a heat proof bowl. Pour boiling water over the top and leave to stand.
  3. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  5. Fold in the sifted flour with a metal spoon.
  6. Add the date liquid, stir well and pour the batter in a lightly greased 22 cm square cake tin.
  7. Press dates gently into the batter
  8. Bake for 45 min until the cake shrinks away from the sides.
  9. To make the toffee sauce, place all the ingredients for toffee sauce in a saucepan, stir together and bring to the boil.
  10. Simmer for 5 min
  11. Cut the pudding into generous squares
  12. Serve with the warm toffee sauce and fresh cream.
  13. Now enjoy every mouthful.

One Response to “Icky, the Sticky Date Pudding is our Friend”

  1. Josephine May 25, 2009 at 9:44 PM #

    Icky should be the mascot for said Women’s Rights Group 🙂 I can’t wait to try this, although having you make if for me would be so much more extra special *bats eyelids* and for the love of God can you please text me your address as I have something I need to put in the post for you!

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