Australian Sticky Date Pudding
450 ml water
250 gram dates
1.0 tbsp baking soda
80 gram unsalted butter room temperature
250 gram sugar
250 gram flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp ginger
Place the dates in the water in a large pot. Cream the butter and sugar together, then add the eggs 2 at a time. Sift together the flour, baking powder and ginger. Combine with the butter mixture. Bring the date to a boil, boil hard for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat add the baking soda (it will foam) stir into the dough immediately. Pour into rectangular pan lined with parchment paper. Bake in a Bain Marie
Bake at 350 F for 20 minutes then 300 F until done. Cake will be firm everywhere.
13.5 oz unsalted butter
21 oz brown sugar
500 ml 35 % cream
1 tsp vanilla
Melt 1/3 butter and brown sugar in a heavy bottomed pot. Add the cream slowly and boil hard for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool for 10 minutes then add the vanilla. Cut remaining butter in small cubes and slowly whisk into the syrup.
To serve one cake is cut in to 12 portions. Heat cake in microwave and warm the sauce . Put a scoop of ice cream on the cake and pour over the sauce.
Pumpkin Crème Brûlée1 ½ cups heavy cream
½ cup whole milk
1/8 tsp cinnamon
2 pinches nutmeg
1 pinch ginger
1 pinch ground cloves
4 egg yolks
½ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup canned pumpkin puree
1/3 cup coarse sugar or raw sugar
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
In a medium saucepan, heat the cream, milk, granulated sugar, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves over medium heat, stirring occasionally, just until it comes to a boil. Immediately turn off the heat and set aside to infuse at least 15 minutes.
In a large bowl, whisk the egg yolks. Whisking constantly, gradually pour in the hot cream mixture. Pour the mixture into 4 ovenproof ramekins and arrange in the center, of a water bath. Bake 30 to 40 minutes. The custard should “shimmy” a bit when you shake the pan; it will firm up more as it cools. Remove from the water bath and let cool 15 minutes.
Tightly cover each ramekin with plastic wrap, making sure the plastic does not touch the surface of the custard. Refrigerate at least 2 hours, and up to 24 hours. When ready to serve, preheat a broiler to very hot. Uncover the chilled custards and pour as much coarse sugar as will fit into the top of one of the custards. Pour off the remaining sugar onto the next custard. Repeat until all the custards are coated. Discard any remaining sugar. Place the ramekins on a baking sheet or in a roasting pan and broil until the sugar is melted and well browned, 1 to 2 minutes. Let cool 1 minute before serving.
Irish soda bread
We serve this light, delicious bread warm & thinly sliced daily and get requests for the recipe almost as often! Here you go!
4 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup grated cheese
1 Tbsp chopped herbs
2 + a bit cups buttermilk
Pre-heat oven 450F
Combine the first 5 ingredients stirring with a fork.
Still using a fork, stir in the buttermilk until all the flour is mixed in.
Divide into 2 round loaves and place on a parchment lined tray. Cut the top of each loaf.
Bake at 450F for 10 minutes then without opening the oven reduce the oven to 375F and bake for a further 20 minutes.
To test if the bread is done, knock on the bottom of the loaf and you should have a hollow sound.