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Sticky Date Pudding With Caramel Sauce



In a medium bowl, mix the dates (use kitchen scissors to chop the dates rather than a knife), bicarb and water together.
Set aside for 10-12 minutes.
In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar.
Add the eggs one at a time.
Beat in the vanilla.
Fold in the cooled date mix and the flour.
Pour into a greased 20cm round cake tin.
Bake at 180oC for 40-45 minutes.
Cool for 5 minutes, cut and serve from the tin (it keeps it warm).
Carmel sauce:.
Place all the ingredients in a medium pot and stir over a medium heat until combined.
Simmer gently until thickened (about 5 -8 minutes).
To serve: pour over the pudding and let it soak a little before eating.