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
300 ml pure cream
1/2 cup brown sugar
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.
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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ArtfulLee Designed says
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
Oh that pudding looks delish (even though it is breakfast-time here at the time of reading, I could still be tempted LOL).
Jo in TAS says
At least you have a place you can escape too! I’m going to try the recipe, looks simple and delicious!
clare's craftroom says
It sounds like my house ! I love sticky date and yours looks fantastic . Kerryanne your photos really are stunning !
Ville bara titta in och säga hej.
Hey! That looks almost exactly the same as my recipe! Who knew? Yummeee!
Jo in TAS says
Guess what I had for dessert last night?…yummy! Thanks for the recipe!
Kris Meares - Tag Along Teddies says
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
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)
Anna-Marie Sibon says
Is the 180 in the recipe celcious?
Yes Anna-Marie, 180 degrees Celsius. It’s an Australian recipe.