Treat yourself to the irresistible taste of our delicious Sticky Date & Raisin Pudding. Designed to please even the most discerning palate, this steamed basin pudding is reminiscent of a divine toffee dessert. Enjoy the delicious combination of sticky dates and juicy raisins that make this pudding a delicious treat. With every spoonful, you’ll experience an explosion of rich, sweet flavors that will transport you to dessert heaven. So gather your loved ones and enjoy the joy of this juicy and fruity treat that will leave everyone wanting more.
- 250 g pitted dates, roughly chopped
- 100g raisins
- 150 ml milk
- 150 ml brandy or rum
- 140g butter, softened, plus a little butter for greasing
- 50g soft brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 175g self-raising flour
- 1 tsp spice mix
- Zest of 1 orange
- Place dates, raisins, milk and brandy or rum in a small saucepan and bring to the boil.
- Simmer for 5 minutes until the fruit is soft and the liquid has been absorbed – don’t worry if it looks a little curdled.
- Let cool down.
- Meanwhile, generously butter a 1.2 liter pudding tin.
- To prepare your steamer, place a snug, upside-down bowl or saucer in the bottom of a large, deep pot large enough to hold your pudding bowl.
- Cut out a large circle of baking paper and one of foil, both 5cm wider than the edge of your pudding tin.
- Make a sharp fold in the middle of both, then butter one side of the parchment – this will be your lid. Put aside.
- Bring the kettle for the steamer to the boil.
- In a mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar with an electric whisk until light and fluffy.
- Add the eggs and beat again until well blended.
- Finally, add the flour, spice mixture, orange peel, date mixture and a pinch of salt and mix everything well with a spatula until no lumps of flour are visible.
- Pour the cake mix into your pudding bowl.
- Cover the bowl with the parchment, butter side down, folding it on top, then with the foil.
- Press the sides of the lid down, then tie a piece of string tightly under the edge of the pool.
- Use an overhanging string to form a handle to help you lift the pudding.
- Place the pudding bowl on the upturned bowl or saucer in the pot.
- Fill the pot with enough boiling water to come halfway up the edge of the bowl.
- Bring to a gentle simmer, then cover the pan with a lid and leave to steam for 2½ hours. If the level is low, top up with boiling water.
- Check if the pudding is done by inserting a skewer into the center.
- If there is uncooked mixture on the skewer, place it back in the pan to steam for another 15 minutes, then check again.
- Once cooked, you can cover the pudding with clean parchment paper and foil and store it for up to a week.
- Let the pudding steam for another 1 hour before serving.
Equipment and tools
- mixing bowl
- Measuring cups and spoons
- pudding mold
- baking tray
This sticky date raisin pudding recipe may contain the following allergens:
- Gluten (self-raising flour)
- Sulfites (brandy or rum)
Please exercise caution if you or your guests have allergies or sensitivities to any of these ingredients.
Storage and leftovers
Follow these guidelines to store leftover sticky date and raisin pudding:
- Allow the pudding to cool completely.
- Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or place it in an airtight container.
- Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
- To reheat, remove the plastic wrap and place the pudding in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in short intervals until warm.
Health Benefits of Sticky Date and Raisin Pudding
The delicious combination of sticky dates and sweet raisins in a pudding not only delights the taste buds but also offers various health benefits. This delicious dessert is not only a treat for the taste buds, but also a source of valuable nutrients. Let’s explore the health benefits of the ingredients used in this sticky date and raisin pudding recipe.
Dates are naturally sweet fruits that are full of essential nutrients. They are an excellent source of fiber, which promotes healthy digestion and prevents constipation. In addition, dates are rich in antioxidants, including flavonoids, carotenoids and phenolic acid, which help protect against cell damage and reduce the risk of chronic diseases.
Raisins, also called dried grapes, are a concentrated source of energy, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They are particularly high in iron, which is important for maintaining healthy blood cells and preventing anemia. Raisins also contain fiber, which aids digestion and can help regulate blood sugar levels.
Milk is a nutrient-dense liquid that provides important vitamins and minerals, including calcium and protein. Calcium is essential for maintaining strong bones and teeth, while protein is necessary for building and repairing tissue. Consuming milk as part of a balanced diet can contribute to overall bone health and help meet your protein needs.
Brandy or rum
The addition of brandy or rum in this recipe gives the pudding a delicious flavor. However, it is important to note that consumption of alcoholic beverages should be done in moderation. Excessive alcohol consumption can have negative health effects. Therefore, it is best to enjoy this dessert in moderation and avoid it altogether if you have certain health problems or are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Butter, when consumed in moderation, can be a valuable source of essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. It contains vitamins A, D, E and K, fat-soluble vitamins that are essential for various body functions. However, due to its high saturated fat content, it is important to consume butter in moderation as part of a balanced diet.
Soft brown sugar
Soft brown sugar is a commonly used sweetener in baking. Although it adds flavor and sweetness to desserts like Sticky Date & Raisin Pudding, it is important to note that it should be consumed in moderation. Excessive consumption of added sugar can lead to various health problems, including weight gain, tooth decay and an increased risk of chronic diseases.
Eggs are considered a nutritional powerhouse as they are rich in high-quality proteins, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They provide essential amino acids necessary for various body functions, including muscle repair and cell regeneration. Eggs also contain important nutrients such as vitamin B12, choline and selenium.
Self-raising flour is a combination of all-purpose flour and a leavening agent, usually baking powder. While it adds structure and texture to baked goods like Sticky Date & Raisin Pudding, it should be consumed in moderation. Opting for whole grain or substitute flours can provide additional nutrients such as fiber and contribute to a balanced diet.
Spice Blend is a blend of warming spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and cloves. Aside from adding flavor to desserts, these spices offer potential health benefits. Cinnamon, for example, has been proven to help regulate blood sugar levels and reduce inflammation. Nutmeg has antioxidant properties while cloves have antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects.
Orange peel gives the pudding a hint of citrus flavor and a dose of vitamin C. Vitamin C is an essential nutrient that supports the immune system and helps the body absorb iron from plant sources. Including citrus fruits like oranges in your diet can contribute to a healthy immune system and overall well-being.