Friday, October 07, 2005

Toffee Pudding Cake

An excellent, tasty dessert for the holidays.
Quick and easy.

1 ¾ cups dates, pitted and chopped
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup butter
¾ cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 1/8 cups self-rising flour
¾ cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup butter
2/3 cup evaporated milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract
1 ½ cups boiling water to cover

Preheat oven to 350° F. In a small bowl combine the dates and baking soda. Pour enough boiling water over the dates to just cover them.

Cream ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon of the butter with the white sugar until light. Beat in the eggs and mix well to combine.

Add the flour and date mixture (including water) to the egg mixture and fold to combine. Pour the batter into one 8 inch round baking pan.Bake at 350° F for 30 to 40 minutes. Let cool, slice and serve with warm caramel sauce.

To Make Caramel Sauce: In a small saucepan combine the brown sugar, evaporated milk, vanilla and ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon butter. Cook over medium heat and bring to boil. Turn heat down and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionallyWhen thickened, add 1/4 tsop almond extract. Serve immediately.

A scoop on vanilla ice cream would the extra added attraction

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