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With school holidays comes an inevitable change of pace.

The kids are home. . . other kids are calling my house home. . . the pantry is forever bare. . . and the noise level jumps from pleasantly enjoyable to ‘lunatic asylum’ chaos.

So, this mother of teenagers takes herself off to her studio to find peace. . . (and to hide, but admitting that would hint at bad mothering skills I suspect). Ahh yes, the studio has been my sanctuary. . . cocooned in my creative space I’ve been plodding away at my big list of Must Do’s; adding the final touches to the new Christmas Collection, writing patterns and styling and photographing.

My classes have also stopped for the term break, so I’m a little lost without my usual gaggle of bubbly and fun cohorts. Last night I decided to have a couple of my creative friends around for a bit of a catch-up, some arty fun and dessert.

What ensued was a night of frivolity with much talking, story-telling and gobsmacking snippets of gossip. . . just the usual girls get-together really. . . followed by Sticky Date Pudding.

Mmmmm. . . . I swoon for sticky date pudding with caramel sauce.


There were a few moment of apprehension and some hesitation as to whether we should sample the sticky date pudding, given the calorie count. . . nah, kidding. . . as if!! Mmmmmm. . . it lived up to its reputation as a gastronomical delight.

I was given this recipe by my friend Marisa who is a chef and it really is quite simple and d.e.l.i.c.i.o.u.s.

Sticky date pudding with caramel sauce



  • 20g pitted dates, chopped
  • 3/4 cup water (200 ml)
  • 1 level teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 60g butter, softened
  • 160g light brown sugar
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 2 eggs

Caramel Sauce

  • 300 ml pure cream
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 80g butter


  • Heat oven at 180 for 15 minutes.
  • Place dates in saucepan with water and cook over medium heat until just boiling.
  • Add bicarbonate of soda and stir well.
  • Remove from heat and cool for 10 minutes.
  • Beat butter and sugar together with whisk until creamy.
  • Add eggs one at a time, beating well between additions.
  • Add flour and whisk to combine.
  • Add date mixture, stirring very well to completely combine.
  • Pour mixture evenly into 1 cup muffin silicon cups and place in oven.
  • Bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until cooked.


Caramel Sauce

  • Combine all ingredients in saucepan.
  • Stir well and bring to the boil. Cook for 2 minutes.
  • Serve with warm puddings.



I think a fun night was had by all. I can’t say I actually achieved much creatively speaking. . . I started some red work embroidery. . . hmmm, not much to show for several hours work. I guess sometimes you just have to enjoy the moment!!

As a new day emerges, I’m off to the beach to walk off my ill gotten gains. . . um, perhaps a bread and water diet is in order today. After that I think I’ll hide out some more in my safe haven to avoid the zany antics of my offspring and their clique.

Until next time,

Hugs ~ Kerry


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  1. oh yum yum YUM!! Sticky date is one of my favourite desserts apart from chocolate-anything! this looks delicious. I must try that recipe.
    Sounds like a lovely night with friends Kerryanne, time well spent i’d say

  2. Oh that pudding looks delish (even though it is breakfast-time here at the time of reading, I could still be tempted LOL).

    Toni xx

  3. At least you have a place you can escape too! I’m going to try the recipe, looks simple and delicious!

  4. It sounds like my house ! I love sticky date and yours looks fantastic . Kerryanne your photos really are stunning !

  5. Ville bara titta in och säga hej.

  6. Hey! That looks almost exactly the same as my recipe! Who knew? Yummeee!

  7. Guess what I had for dessert last night?…yummy! Thanks for the recipe!

  8. Hey Kerryanne! Oooooooohhhh!! One of my all time favourite deserts and one I’ve never tried to make! I shall have to rectify that now that I have a super fantastic recipe! :0) Love your pics, as always. Glad you enjoyed your girly gettogether … counting down to another! :0) Bear Hugs! KRIS

  9. If I didn’t know I would have thought you were describing my house! My house is full of teenagers and I have taken refuge in my bedroom/sewing room too! But really it’s all good I love having them around I’m pleased they like to be here:O)

  10. Anna-Marie Sibon says:

    Is the 180 in the recipe celcious?

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