• Date And Walnut Pudding With Brandy Syrup

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    • 50 x butter or possibly margarine
    • 50 x caster sugar
    • 1 x egg beaten
    • 110 gm plain flour
    • 1 tsp baking pwdr
    • 50 x minced walnuts
    • 60 gm minced dates
    • 110 ml boiling water tsp. bicarbonate of soda For tbe syrup
    • 50 gm sugar
    • 1 dsp butter
    • 75 ml water
    • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
    • 55 ml brandy


    1. Preheat oven to gas mark 5 375F 190C.You will need a 1.25litre souffle dish or possibly pudding dish.
    2. Start off by placing half the dates in a bowl then pour the boiling water over them add in the bicarbonate of soda and leave aside till cold.
    3. Meanwhile cream the butter and sugar till pale light and fluffy and then beat in the beaten egg a little at a time.
    4. Now sift the flour and baking pwdr and fold them into the rest by degrees using a metal spoon.
    5. Next the nuts and the unsoaked dates are folded in followed by the soaked dates along with the soaking water.
    6. Continue folding the mix till everything is proportionately distributed then pour it into a well greased cake tin and bake in the oven for 40 min.
    7. Towards the end of the cooking time make the syrup.
    8. This you do by simply boiling together the sugar butter and water for 5 min then adding the vanilla essence and brandy.
    9. When the pudding is cooked remove it from the oven and make some holes all over with a skewer.
    10. Pour the warm syrup on the pudding; it will be very quickly absorbed.
    11. Serve either warm or possibly cool.
    12. Its quite delicious whichever way you choose.
    13. Serve with ice cream or possibly dollops of chilled whipped
    14. Serves 4

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