There’s nothing that screams winter warmer more than a deliciously gooey piece of pudding. The perfect form of comfort food, stick date pudding is a household favourite and there is good reason why – discover how to master the recipe today.  

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  • Melted butter, to grease with
  • 285g pitted dates, halved
  • 250ml boiling water
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate soda
  • 80g butter, at room temperature
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 115g self-raising flour, sifted
  • 75g plain flour, sifted
  • 185ml pouring cream
  • 160g brown sugar
  • 60g unsalted butter, chopped,
  • Double cream to serve


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Brush six 185ml non-stick muffin pans with melted butter to lightly grease. Line the bases with non-stick baking paper.
  2. Combine the dates, water and bicarbonate of soda in a bowl. Set aside for 10 minutes to soften. Use a fork to coarsely mash.
  3. Use an electric beater to beat the butter and caster sugar in a bowl until pale and creamy. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Fold in the date mixture and the combined flour. Spoon the mixture into the prepared pans and smooth the surfaces. Bake in oven for 25-30 minutes or until the surfaces spring back when lightly tapped. Set aside in the pans for 5 minutes to stand before turning onto a wire rack to cool slightly.
  4. Meanwhile, place the pouring cream, brown sugar and unsalted butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until smooth.
  5. Divide the puddings among serving plates. Top with double cream and drizzle over the sauce to serve.