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    Steamed date puddings with spiced pears

    Delicious on their own, the spiced pears compliment the puds perfectly.

    • Vegetarian
    • Preparation time: 15 minutes
    • Cooking time: 40 minutes
    • Total time: 55 minutes 55 minutes

    Serves: 4

    Ingredients

    • 50g unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
    • 100g stoned dates, chopped dates
    • ¾ tsp bicarbonate of soda
    • 80g light brown muscovado sugar
    • 1 large egg
    • 1 tbsp golden syrup
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 130g plain flour, sifted
    • SPICED PEARS
    • 250ml apple juice
    • 50g clear honey
    • ½ Cooks’ Ingredients cinnamon stick
    • 1 star anise
    • ½ Cooks’Ingredients vanilla pod, slit
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 2 slightly firm conference pears, peeled, quartered, cored

    Method

    1. Preheat the oven to 190c, gas mark 5. Butter 4 x 150ml ramekins. Put the dates in a small pan with 175ml water. Bring to the boil; simmer over a low heat for 5 minutes. Take off the heat and stir in the bicarb of soda – it will froth up.
    2. In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until light and creamy. Add the egg, then the syrup, vanilla and flour. Beat in the date mixture in two batches.
    3. Divide the mixture between the ramekins; put them in a roasting dish with boiling water that comes two thirds of the way up their sides. Cover them loosely with foil and bake for 40 minutes until the tops are risen and set.
    4. Meanwhile, put all the ingredients for the spiced pears in a pan; cover with a circle of baking parchment. Bring to a simmer, then cover and cook over a low heat for 10 minutes, or until the pears are tender. Remove them to a bowl andsimmer the liquid with the lid off until it reduces by about half. Pour this over the pears, leaving the spices in the pan. Leave the pears to cool.
    5. Serve the puddings with the spiced pears and perhaps some crème fraîche.

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    Drinks recommendation

    This sweet wine from the Rhône has a luscious honeyed flavour that will partner the delicate spice in this fruity pudding superbly.Bin number: 787339

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