Gluten-Free Sticky Tape Pudding

Time for another recipe post!  This is my best-ever recipe and so much fun to make.  I get lots of requests for this recipe, and not just because it’s gluten-free.  There is plenty to keep little hands occupied as well, so a good recipe for engaging children who would otherwise be painting the carpet with Jalna Natural Greek Yoghurt.  Here’s what you need:

Ingredients

1 cup dates (chopped)
1 teaspoon bicarb soda
1 cup boiling water
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup gluten-free plain flour
1 egg
2 tablespoons (40g) butter

Butterscotch Sauce

2/3 cup thin cream
50g butter
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
2 teaspoons vanilla

You will also need:

A mixing bowl
A whisk
Some sort of medium sized (over 2 cup capacity) and heatproof jug or bowl (for dates and boiling water)
A measuring cup
Scales (for the butter, but if you don’t have any, you can estimate by the way you cut it, or measure with a tablespoon)
A 20cm round cake tin, lined with baking paper (the shallow sort you would use two of to make a sandwich cake) – this is the same tin you would use to make the Half-Eaten-Apple Teacake

A saucepan and wooden spoon for the sauce

kitchen helpers

Oh I love this photo so much.  Look at my boys in their aprons!  I need to pull this photo out every time I feel like I’m failing as a mother.   Step one is to chop up the dates.  This is a good ones for the kids to do (with butter knives) whilst you sneak about measuring the other ingredients and doing the messy stuff.  Preheat the oven to 160 C (325 F).  Oh, and put the kettle on, if you haven’t already done so (cup of boiling water, remember?)

dates,hot water and bicarb

Once you’ve chopped about a cup’s worth of dates, put them in your heatproof bowl or jug and add  a cup of boiling water and a teaspoon of bicarb.  Gather the children around to watch it fizz!

dates and butter

Then add the butter, whilst the water is still hot, so it melts into the hot water.  Put this mixture aside to cool.

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Now crack your egg into the big mixing bowl and use the whisk to beat it.

brown sugar

Then add the packed brown sugar (it’s like a sandcastle!  This is Christopher Robin’s favourite part)

mix it

Stir it in with the vanilla (or you can put the vanilla in with the date mix, it doesn’t really matter – I didn’t have any vanilla on the day I made this one anyway!)

flour

Now add all the other ingredients (flour and date mix).  I tend to alternate between the two – mix in a little flour, then some date mix.  Repeat.

in tin

Tip it into the cake tin.  Don’t worry if it seems a little runny:  that’s how it’s supposed to be!

Bake it in the oven for around 50 minutes.

baked pudding

At this point, you could just serve it as a date cake, but nothing beats sticky tape pudding, so pull out your saucepan and put the butter, cream, brown sugar and vanilla into it.  Warm it up over a medium heat until it boils, then turn it down to low and let it simmer for five minutes or so.  Keep stirring it the whole time.

saucepan

Here, we really need a money shot of a slice of the pudding with the sauce on top and a scoop of icecream melting slightly against it.  Or, perhaps a series of such gratuitous pictures.  But the problem is, whenever it gets to this point in proceedings, I get so excited I end up eating it before I remember to take a picture.  This has happened on multiple occasions.

Instead, here are some pictures that Google has to offer:

pudding porn 1

pudding porn 2

pudding porn 3

I hope I don’t get into trouble for sharing these pudding porn photos.  Please don’t sue me – I’ll take them down if you want me to!

This serves 8 to 12, depending on how small you cut it.  Enjoy!

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6 thoughts on “Gluten-Free Sticky Tape Pudding

  1. Mark O'DOwd

    Hi Kate,
    I love your pudding! I was just wondering two hings about your post:
    1) Did you mean to write sticky ‘tape’ pudding?
    2) When you said out the kettle on I think that would also be for pouring a cup tea to have with the pudding and reward yourself for giving the kids a positive fun family experience!
    Love ya mate.

    Reply
    1. katelikestocreate Post author

      Of COURSE I meant to write “sticky tape pudding”! It’s what Christopher Robin and Harry call it and you know I can’t resist wordplay. And yes: tea is an essential accompaniment to this dessert!

      Reply
  2. Monica

    Mmmm, sounds delicious! I use a Women’s Weekly recipe almost the same as this one. We are pro gluten though, so I guess it’s a big difference. Enjoy that pud! I’m inspired to make one now. Must put dates on the shopping list for next time.

    Reply
    1. katelikestocreate Post author

      Pro gluten! Love it! I got this recipe off a 30-year-old packet of dates in Mum’s recipe file, but I changed some ingredients and added the sauce (it was a cake recipe)

      Reply
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