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Banana and Date Pudding

This recipe for Banana and Date Pudding comes from Leiths Simple Cookery and has been reproduced courtesy of Leiths School of Food and Wine in London.

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Ingredients for Banana and Date Pudding

1 ripe banana
1 egg
140g caster sugar
55g butter, softened
few drops vanilla extract
140g self raising flour
½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
pinch of salt
85g dates, roughly chopped
Butter, for greasing

To serve:
Butterscotch sauce, vanilla ice cream

How to make Banana and Date Pudding

To prepare ahead the puddings can be made in advance and frozen then defrosted and reheated as required.

  • Preheat an oven to 190°C/375°F/gas mark 5.
  • Grease a 6 large hole muffin tin well, put a disc of silicone paper into the bottom of each hole.
  • Liquidise the banana, egg, caster sugar, butter and vanilla extract together. Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt into a large bowl. Make a well in the centre.
  • Pour the liquidised mixture into the centre of the well and add the dates. Stir together thoroughly. Pour the mixture into the tins and put into the oven for 10 - 15 minutes until well risen and golden.
  • When the puddings are cooked, remove from the oven, turn out and allow to cool slightly on a wire rack.
  • Serve the puddings warm with the butterscotch sauce poured slightly over and around and vanilla ice cream.

Note :

Bake the mixture in muffin cases and serve as a cake at tea time.

Serves 6

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Published with permission of Leiths School of Food and Wine

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