Adapted from Anna Olson's ‘Sticky maple pudding’ (Sugar)
A great alternative to traditional Christmas pudding. Its quick, easy and not overly heavy, yet still contains that special fruity, spicy, rum flavour. Great for summer Aussie Christmas and for people who dont want to spend hours making the traditional pudding. Bakes in the oven, so no long steaming or soaking required.
1. Preheat oven to 180oC and grease and flour a muffin tray or ramekins and place it in a baking dish.
2. For sauce, melt butter, maple syrup and brown sugar over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Once bubbling, add cinnamon, orange juice and rum/brandy and return to a simmer, stirring. Remove from heat and stir in cream. Spoon 2 Tbsp of sauce into each ramekin and reserve rest of the sauce to serve with puddings.
3. Roughly chop dates and simmer in orange juice and maple syrup, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Add cranberries and dates and simmer for a few more minutes. Remove from heat and stir in baking soda. Let cool while preparing batter.
4. Sift flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger and salt. In a separate bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light. Add eggs one at a time, stirring well after each addition. Add flour mixture alternately with date mixture, stirring well after each addition, starting and ending with flour. Spoon batter evenly between prepared ramekins. Pour boiling water around ramekins (coming up about half way) and bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until a tester inserted in the centre of a pudding comes out clean. Remove from water bath and allow to cool at least 10 minutes, and unmold to serve. Reheat toffee sauce and spoon over warm puddings.
Can also serve with brandy custard, thick cream or ice cream.
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