Now, the first time I had toffee pudding was in a British pub, in orange county maybe, but British none the less. I immediately fell in love and took back all the nasty things I have said or thought about Britain’s contributions to the culinary arts, or lack thereof.
I found a recipe online some time ago and saved it, thinking one of these days I would really make it, but thinking in the back of my mind that I probably never really would, for one reason, because it uses dates. I never have bought dates. But I stored it away, not in my wildest dreams thinking I would have this food blog some day and would want to try some of those things I have been putting off making.
Then, just the other day, there were dates in the produce section, and my guardian angel (I call her Rose), gave me a sharp nudge in the memory dept. She practically threw the dates my way so I bought them and made this dessert for dinner, the dinner with the cheese puffs.
This was way popular.
We ate the whole pan, save for one small piece. I already want to make it again. ugh! sooooo good! Ate too much!
Here you go, easy, wonderful. Cooks like a cake, but is moist and called a pudding.
3/4 cup pitted dates
7 tablespoons unsalted butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-1/4 cup boiling water
5 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
2 tablespoons heavy cream
whipped cream for topping
Add dates, baking soda and vanilla to the 1-1/4 cups boiling water, stirring to combine; add to batter, beating until well blended. Pour batter into a prepared baking dish; bake until set and well browned on top, 20-30 minutes, only just done. Remove from oven to wire rack.
Heat broiler. Heat remaining 3 tablespoons butter, the brown sugar and the 2 tablespoons heavy cream in a small heavy saucepan over medium heat to simmering; simmer until thickened, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat; pour topping over pudding. Place pudding in broiler, about 4 inches from source of heat; broil until top bubbly, about 1 minute.
Serve warm with whipped cream.