Sticky date pudding with butterscotch sauce


Today, I have for you a gooey, toe-warming, decadent dessert – Sticky date pudding! It’s a popular Australian dessert that is similar to English Sticky toffee pudding, and is best served warm with oodles of silky butterscotch sauce. It’s perfect for the fast approaching Aussie winter! 

I’ve been thinking, if I were given a wish to eat one thing for the rest of my life without gaining weight or losing my liking for it, it would be sticky date pudding. Yes no fancy foie gras or croquembouche or even Nutella. It would have to be a decadent, warm date pudding steeped in a silky butterscotch sauce. Every morsel reminds me of days gone by of milkmaids singing in unison while churning butter. Perhaps I provide an oversimplified view of the past, please don’t burst my bubble.

The English know this as Sticky toffee pudding, but ‘down undah’ it is fondly referred to as Sticky date pudding, coz the Aussies like to keep it simple (fairy bread anyone?).

I first tried making this around seven years ago while I was home with my parents after my undergraduate degree. I used a Jamie Oliver recipe and I remember my Dad telling me he’s never tried a dessert as good. I was over the moon.

Many years later, I’ve tried making it in many different ways but the version below remains my favourite. You could soak chopped dates in water and baking soda but I often buy date paste from the Middle Eastern grocery stores – it just makes it easier and provides a consistency more of my liking. Don’t feel obliged to purchase date paste, chopped dates work really well and is the traditional method.

Now the butterscotch recipe I have here, I will speak in hyperbole and say it’s the BEST butterscotch sauce I’ve tried! It’s so easy and I can’t stop licking it by the finger-ful. You can make it to your preferred consistency, or even some salt to change this to a salted butterscotch sauce. Make a large batch to use it for other purposes (or to eat by the spoonful, no one’s judging).

I made this while my dad was visiting and adored seeing the look of contentment on his face. Could you ask for a better reward?! You have to try it for yourself!

The sauce and the pudding together are a match made in heaven. Try it and let me know if it reminds you of floating on a cloud, relishing butterscotch showers, with angels strumming harps in the background.



Sticky date pudding
Prep Time
35 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
1 hr

A delicious and toe-warming Australian dessert that is similar to English Sticky toffee pudding. This is perfect for winter and even summer if you love dates and butterscotch sauce!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Australian
Servings: 5 people
Author: Tamara at Foodieverse
  • 3/4 cup self-raising flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped dates soaked in 1/2 cup boiling water with 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup softened butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
Butterscotch sauce
  • 3/4 cup cream
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
Extra butter for ramekins
    Cream for serving
      1. Add boiling water to dates and 1/2 tsp baking soda. Set aside for 15 mins. 

      2. Cream sugars and butter. 

      3. Add and beat eggs until pale. 

      4. Add vanilla extract, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and flour. 

      5. Gently fold till well combined. 

      6. Add dates and combine until batter is smooth. Some chopped pieces of date will remain.

      7. Butter ramekins and divide batter between the 5 ramekins. Fill half way up. 

      8. Bake at 180c for 22-25 minutes. 

      9. Let cool for 10 minutes before removing from ramekins. 

      Butterscotch sauce
      1. Combine ingredients and bring to boil, stirring continuously once mixture comes to boil. Make sure to stir with wooden spoon.

      2. Simmer for 2-3 minutes until it's reached a rich butterscotch colour and take off heat. 

      To serve
      1. Place pudding on a plate and drizzle generously with butterscotch sauce. 

      2. Drizzle 1 tbsp of cream on each pudding.

      3. Take a bite, die and go to heaven. 


      Watch how to make Sticky Date Pudding

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