(8 portions)

  • 5 ml bicarbonate of soda
  • 200 ml water, boiled
  • 150 g seeded dates, roughly chopped
  • 25 ml butter
  • 140 g (175 ml) sugar
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 200 g (360 ml) flour
  • 5 ml baking powder
  • 3 ml salt
  • 50 ml walnuts, chopped


  • 140 g (175 ml) sugar
  • 75 ml water
  • 5 ml butter
  • 5 ml vanilla essence
  • 50 ml brandy
  • pinch of salt
  • 5 ml lemon juice

Heat the oven to 190°C. Dissolve the bicarbonate of soda in the water, pour over chopped dates and allow to cool. Cream butter, sugar and egg until light and creamy. Sift dry ingredients together into a mixing bowl. Mix all the ingredients well. Spoon mixture into a greased square ovenproof dish of about 23 cm. Put in warm oven and bake 30-40 minutes. Test the pudding with a testing pen to make sure it is cooked. Make the sauce while the pudding is in the oven. Mix the water and sugar in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add butter. Now add the essence, brandy, salt and lemon juice. Pour the warm syrup over the pudding as soon as it comes out of the oven. Serve with whipped cream.

Stewed dried fruit

This dessert is nice and healthy!

  • 500 g mixed dried fruit
  • 500 ml water
  • 45 ml sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick

Place all the ingredients in a medium-size saucepan and simmer about 20 minutes until fruit is soft. Serve warm with custard.