Banana and Date Pudding

Simon Rimmer's hot sponge pudding with banana sauce is an ideal winter warmer: substantial, satisfying, and very sticky!
By Simon Rimmer
Banana and Date Pudding
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  • Serves: 9
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Effort: easy

Ingredients

Main

  • 225 g dates
  • 400 ml water
  • 1½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 75 g butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 225 g sugar
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 225 g self-raising flour
  • few drops of vanilla extract
  • 6 bananas

For the sauce:

  • 100 g sugar
  • 100 g butter
  • 100 ml double cream
  • 2 bananas

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas 4.

2. Place the dates, water and bicarbonate of soda in a saucepan over a medium heat and cook for 5 minutes, until soft. Meanwhile, grease a 28 x 18cm baking dish with butter.

3. Cream the butter and sugar together in a mixing bowl. Add the eggs and mix well. Fold in the softened dates, flour and vanilla extract, then the chopped bananas.

4. Spoon the mixture into the prepared baking dish and bake in the preheated oven for 40 minutes.

5. A few minutes before the pudding is ready, start making the sauce. Place the sugar, butter and cream in a saucepan and bring to the boil.

6. Remove the sauce from the heat and fold in the bananas.

7. Serve the pudding hot with the banana cream sauce.

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