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Priscilla’s Date Pudding with Brandy Sauce

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275gm pitted dates, chopped
1 cup boiling water
1tsp bicarbonate soda
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 egg
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground ginger
1 cup chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts)
1 cup sugar
1.5 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt

Soak dates, ginger and bicarb in boiling water.
Add butter and sugar to date mixture.
Mix then add egg and salt. Mix well.
Add flour and fold in baking powder.
Bake in a buttered shallow dish at 180°C for 30 minutes.

Boil 1 cup water and 3/4 cup sugar for 5 minutes.
Add 1/2 cup brandy, 1tsp vanilla essence and 1tsp butter.
Prick holes in pudding and pour over while hot.
Serve with fresh cream or vanilla ice cream.

Prepared, tried and tested by: Priscilla Huxford

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