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Mercurio’s Grand Cru sticky date pudding

May 10, 2013

Sticky Date Pudding


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    Image from Cooking With Beer by Paul Mercurio, published by Murdoch Books.

    250g dried dates – chopped in a blender

  • 1 teaspoon Bi Carb
  • 1 cup of Hoegaarden Grand Cru
  • ½ cup of water
  • 100g of unsalted butter – softened
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
  • 2 eggs – approx 62 g each
  • 1 ¾ cups of self raising flour


Reheat your oven to 160° c. Prepare a 22cm by 7 cm deep cake tin by buttering and lining the tin with baking paper.

Put chopped dates into a bowl and sprinkle the Bi Carb over them. In a saucepan add the beer and the water and bring to the boil then pour over the dates and mix well. Leave to soak for 20 to 30 minutes.

Using a cake mixer beat the butter, sugar and the vanilla essence together until creamy. Add one egg and mix well before adding the second egg and mixing that well. Remove the bowl from the mixer and using a spatula fold the date mix through the sugar and egg mix and then gently fold through the self raising flour. Pour in to the prepared cake tin and bake in the oven for 1 hour and fifteen minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out cleanly. If the top browns a little too fast cover it with some al foil.

The Caramel Sauce:

  • 2 cups of cream
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 60g of unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup of Hoegaarden Grand Cru
Cooking with Beer

Recipe and image from Cooking With Beer by Paul Mercurio, published by Murdoch Books.

Put the cream, sugar and butter into a saucepan and bring to the boil then turn down and simmer for about 8 minutes. Add the beer and stir through and simmer for a further 2 – 3 minutes.

Cut a slice of cake, put it on a plate and drench it with the sauce and serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

The Hoegaarden Grand Cru is a big sweet Belgian wheat ale coming in at 8.5%. It has a lovely sweet malt character, subtle wheat influence, spice notes from the coriander and possesses a fruity/estery bite from the yeast and the warmth from the high alcohol. It is a great beer for making cakes and sweet rich sauces.

Like this recipe? You can get more in Paul Mercurio’s excellent Cooking With Beer.

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