Sticky Toffee-Date Pudding

Serves 6-8

Ingredients for the cake:
1/4 cup butter, melted - plus extra for the baking dish
1/3 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1 cup + 2 tbsp self-rising flour
1/2 cup whole milk
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup chopped dates

For the sauce:
3/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed
2 tbsp unsalted butter
2 1/4 cups boiling water

1. Preheat oven to 375 F and butter a 1.5 quart capacity baking dish.

2. Combine sugar with flour in a large mixing bowl. 

3. Whisk together the melted butter, egg, milk and vanilla, then pour this mixture over the dry ingredients and stir together slowly with a wooden spoon. Incorporate the dates into it, then scrape the whole thing into your baking dish and spread it out.
4. For the sauce, sprinkle the brown sugar over the cake mixture and dot with blobs of butter.

5. Then pour the boiling water over the entire thing and bake it in the oven for 50 mins. The top of the dessert should be springy and spongy, and underneath, the sauce will be bubbling and brown and richly decadent. Let the pudding rest for 10 mins before serving it with vanilla ice-cream or regular heavy cream.