Sticky date pudding with butterscotch sauce

IMG_3076 If I was being logical, I would probably present the details of our recent Christmas in July meal in course-order. But it is early, and I’m still suffering the lingering effects of a cold, so let’s just skip to the fun stuff ok? And by fun stuff I mean dessert. Of course. Which on this particular occasion was one of my all time favourites – sticky date pudding, with butterscotch sauce, double cream and almond biscotti. IMG_3063 And while I cheated and purchased the biscotti from my local grocer, the rest was made from scratch over the course of the afternoon. Then set aside, and reheated when the main course dishes had been cleared from the table. IMG_3064 One thing I noticed about this version, was that the ‘pudding’ itself was not overly sweet. Filled with those beautiful dates, yes, but not too sickly sweet as some puddings can be. IMG_3070 The butterscotch sauce, on the other hand, was a sweet syrupy overload, so only a little was needed. Though, the double cream also cut through some of the sweetness just perfectly. IMG_3074 I followed this recipe here, and used muffin tins to create the individual puddings. As to the cooking time, I shortened the initial baking time by 5 minutes, knowing that I would be reheating them later on, and they didn’t dry out in the process. Another tip – the recipe makes a lot of butterscotch sauce – and given how rich it is – a little goes a long way. So you are likely to have some leftover. What about you? Are you a fan of sticky date pudding?

Christmas in July

Happy Monday lovely people! IMG_3080 What a weekend we have just had. Sadly not because of any grand adventures….quite the opposite really. For finally my immune system decided that ‘enough is enough’ and yielded to the cold / flu bug that has been lurking around our house for the last month or so. So, while I was well enough to prepare our special Xmas in July dinner on Saturday night, sadly I was not all that enthused when it came to actually eating said dinner. IMG_3108 But here is a glimpse into the night’s dishes nonetheless. IMG_3099 On the menu… IMG_3104 Ham shoulder, glazed with marmalade, whiskey and dijon mustard. IMG_3086IMG_3088IMG_3085IMG_3118 Turkey stuffed with apple and cranberry (unpictured?!) On the side – duck fat roast potatoes, cranberry and pistachio “stuffing” and a pumpkin, red onion and feta salad. IMG_3120IMG_3081IMG_3093 All together now! IMG_3121 But it was dessert that had me most excited… IMG_3064 Sticky date pudding, served with butterscotch sauce, double cream and almond biscotti. IMG_3070 I only wish my tastebuds has been co-operating! Details of the dishes to follow… What about you? Did you celebrate Christmas in July this year?