Friday, 31 July 2015

Date Pudding


Success of baking depends on the right quantity of ingredients and the consistency of batter/dough you make. Once you get a hang of these steps, you will find 'baking' to be as easy as your regular cooking. Today I wish to share the recipe of date pudding, which is one of the basic pudding recipes. This can be served as a dessert alone or in combination with vanilla ice cream. Warm date pudding served with vanilla ice cream makes an excellent combo and you may want include this in your special dinner menu. Here’s the step-by-step method of making this dessert.

Ingredients:

All purpose flour or maida – ½ teacup or 100ml measure
Sugar – ¼ teacup or 50ml measure
Sour curds – teacup or approximately 65ml
Milk – 1 tablespoon
Cooking soda – a pinch
Baking powder – ½ teaspoon
Plain butter – 25 grams
Dates – chopped finely, 2 tablespoons
Vanilla essence – few drops
Butter – for greasing 

Method – preparing the batter: Sieve flour, cooking soda and baking powder together 2-3 times. Keep aside. 

Powder sugar finely using a mixer-grinder and transfer it to a bowl. Add butter and vanilla essence to the bowl and beat with flat spoon or hand blender till the mixture turns creamy. Add curds to the mixture, and beat the contents together till the mixture has uniform creamy texture. Now add flour mixture little by little while beating continuously till all the flour is added up. Next add milk and blend very well. Finally add the chopped dates and mix well with the batter (Fig.1).

Fig.1: Mix chopped dates with creamy batter
Grease a microwave safe bowl (approximately 6” in diameter) with butter. Add in the pudding batter and gently shake the bowl so that the batter settles evenly (Fig.2).

Fig.2: Pudding batter ready to bake
Baking instructions: Preheat the microwave oven using the convection mode at 200oC for 2 minutes. Place the bowl on grill tray and bake at 200oC using the convection mode for 12 minutes or till the crust turns golden brown in color (Fig.3).

Fig.3: Bake the pudding till the crust turns golden brown!
Once baked, remove from the oven and allow it to cool. Cut the pudding into quarters and serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream! (Fig.4)

Fig.4: Cut into quarters and serve with ice cream!
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