Sticky Date and Macadamia Nut Pudding

Traditional sticky date pudding is given a lift with the addition of macadamia nuts and sweet caramel sauce.

  • SERVES 8
  • PREP TIME 10mins
  • COOK TIME 35mins


250g pitted dried dates, chopped
1 cup water
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
100g butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup self-raising flour
3/4 cup toasted macadamias, chopped
Caramel sauce
300ml cream
1/4 cups brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
60g butter


1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Lightly grease and line an 18 x 28cm baking dish.

2. Heat dates and water in a saucepan over medium-low heat for 8 minutes until dates absorb most of the water. Remove from heat. Stir in bicarbonate of soda.

3. Cream butter, sugar and vanilla with an electric mixer. Blend in eggs. Add dates and mix well. Fold in flour and nuts. Spread into dish. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.

4. For caramel sauce: Heat all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring, for 5 minutes. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Drizzle over sliced pudding and serve.