Old Cape Brandy Pudding

Old Cape Brandy Pudding

1 ½ cups flour
1 cup dates (stoned)
1 cup boiling water
¼ teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon bicarb
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup castor sugar
½ cup chopped nuts
2 beaten eggs
½ teaspoon salt

Cream butter and sugar, add eggs, sifted flour, baking powder, salt and chopped nuts. Boil dates, water, add bicarb of soda then add to first mixture, stirring well. Pour into greased flameproof dish and bake for 30 – 40 minutes at 180 C.

1 ¾ cups sugar
1 dessertspoon butter
¾ cup brandy
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
Boil sugar, butter and water till syrup forms. Remove from heat, add brandy and vanilla. Pour hot syrup over baked pudding. It should be completely absorbed. Serve with cream, cherries and grapes or chopped nuts, hot or cold

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