Sticky Date Slice

Sticky Date Slice

I feel a bit guilty about this recipe because it’s so good and I’ve been “sitting” on it for so long. I haven’t been keeping it to myself deliberately, because this recipe is way too tasty to be secret, I just got distracted by so many other recipes. That’s the eternal dilemma, so many delicious recipes to make and share and so little time to blog them in.

Do you know I only discovered Sticky Date Pudding in my twenties? (Don’t worry, I’ve been making up for lost sticky date time ever since!) I was backpacking in the Warrambungles and our hostess Liz made delicious dinners every night. We actually only planned on staying one night, but when Liz served the sticky date pudding for dessert, we decided to stay an extra night… But only if she could promise me the leftover sticky date pud for dessert the next day. That’s a true story and that’s how my sticky date obsession was borne! First there was  Liz’s original Sticky Date Puddingthen there was the Sticky Date Cheesecake and let’s not forget the uber delicious  Sticky Date Cookies too! So I’m super pleased to add this delicious slice to my sticky date repetoire!

Back to this slice, it’s deliciously light, and stand alone delicious, but don’t miss the caramel topping and the crowning Maltesers because they take the slice to a whole new level. Just be careful not to beat the caramel cream too far, because no one likes a split sauce.

Anyhoo, if you love sticky date pudding, you’re going to love this slice! It’s the teatime alternative to the traditional pud, although no one is going to say no to a square or two of this for dessert and I’m talking from experience here!

 

Sticky Date SliceMakes 12

Ingredients

185g seeded dates, chopped

1 1/3 cups (330ml) boiling water

1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

60g butter, softened

165g brown sugar

2 eggs

1 cup (150g) self raising flour

FOR THE CARAMEL TOPPING

1/2 cup (110g) brown sugar

2 tablespoons water

20g butter

1 tablespoon golden syrup or treacle

1 cup (250ml) thickened cream

TO DECORATE

12 Maltesers

Sticky Date Slice

How to – Traditional

  1. Preheat oven to 180C/160 C fan forced. Grease and line a 24cm x 32cm slice pan, ensuring paper extends over long sides of pan for handles.
  2. Combine dates and water in a medium saucepan and bring to the boil. Remove from the heat, stir in the bicarb and stand for 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, and then add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  4. Stir in the sifted flour, then the date mixture. Pour the mixture in to the prepared pan.
  5. Bake for about 20 minutes. Cool slice in pan
  6. Make the caramel topping. Stir the sugar and water in a small saucepan over a low heat until the sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil, uncovered for about 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the butter and syrup. Put the mixture in a small bowl and add 1/4 cup (60ml) of the cream. Beat with an electric mixer until slightly thickened and allow to cool. Beat the remaining cream in a separate small bowl until soft peaks form. Beat in the caramel mixture until firm peaks form and pop into the fridge until required.
  7. To serve, cut the slice into squares, top each one with a dollop of caramel topping and a Malteser.

Sticky Date Slice

How to – Thermomix

  1. Preheat oven to 180C/160 C fan forced.Grease and line a 24cm x 32cm slice pan, ensuring paper extends over long sides of pan for handles.
  2. Add dates, boiling water and bicarb to TM bowl and stand for 5 minutes.
  3. Add butter and sugar to TM bowl and mix for  10 seconds  on speed 6.
  4. Add eggs and flour and  mix on speed 4 for 5 seconds  or until just combined. Pour the mixture in to the prepared pan.
  5. Bake for about 20 minutes. Cool slice in pan
  6. Make the caramel topping. Stir the sugar and water in a small saucepan over a low heat until the sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil, uncovered for about 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the butter and syrup. Put the mixture in a small bowl and add 1/4 cup (60ml) of the cream. Beat with an electric mixer until slightly thickened and allow to cool. Beat the remaining cream in a separate small bowl until soft peaks form. Beat in the caramel mixture until firm peaks form and pop into the fridge until required.
  7. To serve, cut the slice into squares, top each one with a dollop of caramel topping and a Malteser.

    Other info

Prep and  Cooking time: 40 minutes + cooling

The slice will keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Sticky Date Slice

  • Our whole family LOVES sticky date pudding, I just know this will be a favourite in our home, I’m going to forward this onto my daughter and get her to make it!!

  • Oh my goodness Sam, you’ve been holding out on us!! I can’t wait to make this 🙂

    • I think it was because I made it and it got eaten before I got a chance to take pictures. I made it again and every time the same thing happened. I can’t imagine why 🙂

  • Ooooooooh! I love sticky date anything so I HAVE to try this!

  • Sarah Norman

    This looks yummy although i would say the little squares are far too small and also you have omitted the best thing which goes with puddings like this and that is custard!!

    • Ah yes! I love a bit of custard. This would be great with custard (just take the cream and Maltesers off first!) yet it’s lovely and light on it’s own! When it comes to slices like this, size definitely matters!

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    I love sticky date! I recently made a sticky date bundt cake, an ode to my love for it 😀

  • Merilyn

    Looks good thanks sammie!
    I love dates and sticky at that!
    I could leave out the sugar and would be sweet enough for me!
    Much love m)x

  • What a brilliant idea for a sticky date slice. The family will love this one. How much fun are the Warrumbungles? We went there for an excursion at school and were billeted at different families but I wasn’t fed this well. Lucky you to discover sticky date pudding in your twenties – I thought it was a much more recent discovery. Wonderful recipe thank you 8)

    • It takes sticky dating to a whole new level! And yes, the Warrambungles were so much fun! Would love to go back one day 🙂

  • Brittney

    Just wondering how far ahead could you make the topping, would it last a few days also?

    • I’m trying to remember… I think I made it the night before and decorated just before serving.

      • Brittney

        Ok great thank you 🙂 I’ll try that