Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Becoming a diabetic

Since a few weeks ago, after making my first creme caramel with sponge, I've begun gorging on sugary, creamy desserts and no wonder the love handles have grown larger and it'll be no surprise if I become a diabetic.

Firstly, it didn't help with scrumptious ice cream with exotic flavours such as pistachio, cookies and cream, caramel praline, and green tea. Secondly, I am addicted to a new show called "MasterChef" and I am so tempted to make all the sweets. This is one of them and I can tell you that it is a bit too sweet for my asian tastebuds but rich and tasty nonetheless.

Sticky Date Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce & Almond Praline


Sticky Date Pudding Ingredients
180 gm dates, pitted and chopped
310 ml water
1/2 tsp bicarbonate soda
165 gm brown sugar
60 gm butter
2 eggs
150 gm self raising flour

Method:
  1. Grease 8 dariole metal moulds with melted butter. Preheat oven to 170 degree Celcius.
  2. In a saucepan, bring the chopped dates and water to boil. Remove from heat.
  3. Sprinkle the bicarbonate soda into the dates mixture and stir. Set aside.
  4. Beat the sugar and butter together.
  5. Add in the eggs into the sugar and butter mixture, beating well after each addition until the batter is creamy.
  6. Add the dates into the creamy batter. By this stage, the mixture will look very watery.
  7. Sift in the flour and fold until combined.
  8. Divide equally into the 8 dariole moulds and bake in a bain marie (water bath) with the water covering 1/3 of the height of the moulds, in a 170 degree Celcius oven, for 40 mins.

Almond Praline Ingredients
110 gm sugar
35 gm slivered almonds

Method:

  1. Melt sugar in a small saucepan without stirring until light golden brown and no sugar crystals are visible.
  2. Quickly pour the toffee onto a sheet of non-stick baking paper and sprinkle the slivered almonds over the toffee.
  3. Wait until the toffee sets before breaking it into pieces.

Butterscoth Sauce Ingredients
50 gm butter
220 gm brown sugar
250 ml whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla essence

Method:

  1. Place all the butterscotch sauce ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a slow simmer. Stir to combine.

To serve: Invert the hot pudding onto a plate, top with the butterscotch sauce and a piece of almond praline. Serve immediately.

Note: I had used 300ml cream simply because I didn't want 50ml cream leftover so the sauce was way too watery. This recipe was too sweet for my tastebuds so if I am to do it again, I'll cut down the sugar in the pudding to 90gm as I can always use more sauce if it is not sweet enough, and the dates are pretty sweet on its own.

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