680g pitted dates
5g bicarb soda
340g self raising flour
5ml vanilla essence
200g brown sugar
2g vanilla paste
Pour 600ml water over the chopped dates in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Remove from the heat, add the bicarb soda and leave to stand.
Cream the butter and sugar together until white. Add the eggs while beating. Fold in the flour and date mixture with the vanilla.
Pour into a lined steaming pan or ramekins and place in an oven dish. Carefully pour enough water to height of halfway up ramekins or pan.
Cover with foil and cook in an oven at 190 degrees (no fan) until a skewer comes out clean.
Combine the ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to the boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 3 minutes. Pour a little sauce over the warm pudding and allow to soak in. Serve the remaining sauce with each portion.