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       Title: Australian Sticky Date Pudding
  Categories: Bakery, Sheet cake, Typed
       Yield: 1 servings
     1/2 c  Butter, room temperature
            -cut into eight pieces
            Plus extra to butter pan
   1 1/4 c  Chopped pitted dates
       1 ts Baking soda
     1/4 c  Granulated sugar
       2 ea Eggs
   1 1/4 c  All purpose flour
     1/2 ts Salt
     1/2 ts Vanilla
   1 3/4 ts Baking powder
 MMMMM-----------------------CARAMEL SAUCE----------------------------
     1/2 c  Butter
     1/4 c  Whipping cream
     1/2 c  Firm packed brown sugar PLUS
       1 tb Firm packed brown sugar
     1/2 ts Vanilla
   This Australian recipe, a very moist cake, not what we'd call a
   pudding, has taken Down Under by storm. you'll find it on restaurant
   and dinner party menus across that country. This version was printed
   recently by the New York times.
   TO PREPARE CAKE: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9-inch round
   baking pan withsides at least 2 inches high, such as a springform pan.
   Place the dates in a saucepan and cover with water (about 1-1/2 cups).
   Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer and cook for 3 minutes. Add the
   baking soda (the mixture will foam) and set aside.
   In a bowl, cream the cut up butter, sugar and eggs, adding the eggs
   one at a time. Gently mix in the flour, salt and vanilla. Stowly stir
   in the baking powder and 1/4 cup of the liquid from cooking the
   dates, until the cake mixture resembles thick pancake batter. Drain
   off remainder of date cooking liquid and discard. Stir in the dates.
   Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until cooked in the center.
   TO PREPARE CARAMEL SAUCE: Combine the butter, whipping cream, brown
   sugar and vanilla. Bring to a boil; reduce to simmer, and cook for 3
   TO SERVE: Drizzle some of the sauce over the cake as it is cooling.
   Serve the rest of the sauce separately.
   Makes 10 servings
   Per Serving:
     Calories: 384 (4% protein, 47% carbohydrate, 50% fat)
     Protein: 4 grams
     Fat: 22 grams
     Cholesterol: 100 mg
     Carbohydrate: 46 grams
     Sodium: 441 mg
     Exchanges: 1 fruit, 1-1/2 starch, 4-1/2 fat
   Source: Oregonian FoodDay 1995
     Typos by Dorothy Flatman