Ask a chef: Sticky date pudding with toffee sauce and praline parfait from Fleur's Place

Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
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Sticky date pudding with toffee sauce and praline parfait from Fleur's Place



For the pudding

275g chopped dates
30g golden syrup
275g sugar
85g butter
3 eggs
1½ tsp baking soda
275g flour

For the toffee sauce

225g brown sugar
1 Tbsp golden syrup
100g butter
300ml cream

For the praline parfait

½ cup toasted nuts
½ cup sugar
6 egg whites
1 cup icing sugar
300ml cream



To make the pudding

Preheat oven to 160degC and grease and line a 22cm spring-form cake tin.

Place the dates and golden syrup in a small pot with just enough water to cover. Bring to the boil, turn off and leave to sit while you prepare the rest of the mix.

Cream the butter and sugar together until pale, then add the eggs one at a time, incorporating each before adding the next.

Return the syrup and dates to a low heat and add the baking soda. It should bubble lots.

Fold the date mixture and the flour into the batter and pour into the cake tin. Bake for 50min or until a skewer comes out clean.

To make toffee sauce

Melt the butter, brown sugar and golden syrup together, then stir in the cream.

To make the praline parfait

Put the toasted nuts on a sheet of greaseproof paper on a baking tray.

Put the sugar in a pot with ¼ cup water and boil until it turns a nice, light brown caramel colour. Pour over the nuts. Once it has cooled and hardened, break up and process to coarse powder.

Whisk the egg whites with icing sugar until they form stiff peaks.

Whisk the cream until stiff.

Fold the whites, cream and praline together and put in the freezer.


Requested by Sandhya Ramrakha, of Dunedin

This recipe comes from the team at Fleur's Place, at Moeraki.

If you have enjoyed a dish in an Otago cafe or restaurant and would like the recipe, write to Ask a Chef, Features, Otago Daily Times, PO Box 181, Dunedin, fax 474-7422, or email, including your name, address and a daytime telephone number, and we will request it.

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