individual sticky date puddings

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STICKY DATE PUDDINGS

ingredients

210grams pitted dates,250mls water,1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda, 100grams butter softened,2 eggs,135grams brown sugar,1 cup SR flour

method

combine the dates and water in a pan and bring to a gentle simmer for 5 minutes, turn off the heat and add the bicarbonate soda, stir through and put aside. in a kitchen mixer cream the butter and  sugar until soft and pale, add the eggs and flour and mix until combined. stir through the date mixture.  in a well greased muffin tray spoon in the mixture only filling 1/2 way to allow for rising. serve warm topped with the caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream.

CARAMEL SAUCE

ingredients

150grams butter,250ml cream,265grams brown sugar

method

combine all of the ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to the boil, simmer for 5 minutes or until slightly thickened. pour over puddings.

doughnut french toast Nigella style

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DOUGHNUT FRENCH TOAST

ingredients

4 eggs,1 tablespoon maple syrup, 80ml milk,4 slices of ciabatta bread, 25grams butter,50 grams caster sugar

method

beat the eggs with the milk and the maple syrup. soak the bread in the egg mixture covering both sides. heat the butter in a fry pan and fry the bread golden on both sides. put the sugar on a plate and then dip the cooked bread into it until well coated like a sugared doughnut.

Recipe adapted from NIGELLA EXPRESS.