Self-saucing Sticky Date Pudding Recipe

If you’re looking for a delicious winter dessert, this self-saucing sticky date pudding recipe is perfect treat for the whole family.

There is a lure, during these colder months of the year, to get lazy. There’s a strong pull to rug up, do very little and eat things that are deliciously satisfying. I know that we try and fight it a little. We’re trying to stay active, we’re trying to enjoy healthy, wholesome soups and we’re trying to resist the urge for utter laziness.

If you’re reading this; this is your permission to surrender. You have been given the all clear to turn down any invitations and be lazy, to rug up, park yourself on the couch and do very little, if only for one evening. Of course, only once this self-saucing sticky date pudding recipe has been made and is cooking in the oven.

This recipe is so simple, it’s almost tempting to call it lazy. The sauce makes itself as the sticky date pudding cooks away in the oven, and it’s gooey, caramel and totally delicious. As you dig down into the pudding to scoop up a serve, or two, the sauce magically appears and makes itself known.

If you have fussy kids, who think they don’t like dried fruits, just blitz the dates a little more when making the batter. They’ll never know they’re in there. Promise.

Once you’ve eaten your serve of pudding, (or two, because who’s counting?) you can continue your festival of laziness and pop the empty dish in the dishwasher, pop in a Finish Quantum Ultimate Dishwashing Tablet and let the dishwasher do all the work, while you return to your Netflix marathon with the family. Despite this being a totally gooey, scrumptious recipe that gets the golden, baked on crunch on your dish, Finish makes it look like it never really happened at all by returning your dish with an amazing clean shine. Except we know it did actually happen, and it was everything.

Self-saucing Sticky Date Pudding Recipe


200g dried pitted dates, roughly chopped
1 cup boiling water
1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
80g butter, at room temperature
¾ cups brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1 ¾ cups self-raising flour


¾ cups brown sugar
1 tablespoon butter
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1 cup boiling water


1. Preheat oven to 180ºC, and grease a medium baking dish (20cm by 15cm).

2. Place the chopped dates and the bicarbonate soda into a heat-proof bowl, and pour the boiling water over the top. Stir, and leave for 30 minutes.

3. Place the butter and sugar into a bowl, and cream using an electric mixer. Add the eggs, and mix until combined. Add in the date mixture, and mix until combined. The dates will breakdown a little. Fold through the self-raising flour and cinnamon.

4. Pour into the prepared baking dish.

5. To make the sauce, sprinkle the brown sugar over the top of the pudding. Mix the butter and water together, and gently pour over the brown sugar. Do not mix in.

6. Place into the oven and cook for 20-25 minutes.

7. Serve with ice cream or cream, or both.