Colin’s date pudding with dulce de leche

Saucy and scrumptious.
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Sticky date pudding must be one of the most popular desserts, so Colin’s going to show you how to make a version that’s simpler, but even more sumptuous. But what’s a date pudding without sauce, so he also shows you how to make the easiest Dulce De Leche to go with it. Add some whipped cream and you’ve got a decadent dessert for any night of the week.





To make Dulce de leche, put can in a saucepan. Cover with water and simmer on low, uncovered, for 3 hours, topping up with extra water as necessary to ensure can is always covered with water.


Meanwhile, to make Pudding, in a medium saucepan, combine rum, water and vanilla. Bring to boil. Pour over dates in a bowl. Allow to stand at room temperature for 1 hour for dates to absorb liquid.


Preheat oven to 200°C/180°C fan-forced. Put half of the date mixture into a blender and reserve remaining. Blend until smooth.


Using a stand mixer, beat butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. With motor running, add eggs, one at a time. Reduce speed to low. Beat in date mixtures and nuts. Fold in sifted flour and bicarb. Scatter with extra nuts.


Grease a 6-cup capacity baking dish with extra butter. Pour date mixture into pan. Put dish in a large, deep roasting pan and add enough boiling water to come halfway up the sides of dish. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into centre of pudding comes out clean.


Transfer cooked dulce de leche to a bowl and whisk until smooth.


Prick holes all over hot pudding with a fork. Pour over extra rum. Serve with cream and dulce de leche.

dulce de leche date pudding

Cook’s tip

You can purchase dulce de leche from the supermarket instead of making your own. 

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