Self Saucing Sticky Date Pudding
1 cup of chopped dates
2 Tbsp oil
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp golden syrup
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup boiling water
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cups boiling water
1/4 cup brandy OR 1 tsp brandy essence
Mix first 7 ingredients in a pudding basin and leave to soak until dates are starting to soften.
Stir in flour and baking powder.
Sprinkle over brown sugar and brandy then pour over boiling water and cover the basin.
Steam for 1 hour minimum, or cook 180c fan bake for 50 mins.
Alternative: Add the rind and juice of a lemon into the date mixture before leaving it to soak.