Sticky gingerbread puddings with toffee pear sauce

A doubly delicious dessert that’s hard to resist!

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Serves: 6

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

160g dates, stones removed, chopped

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

75g unsalted butter

150g caster sugar

2 large eggs, beaten

175g self, raising flour, sifted

2 tsp ground ginger

80g Greek-style yoghurt

For the sauce

100g unsalted butter

2 ripe pears, peeled and diced

175g soft brown sugar

180g double cream

Method

1. Preheat the oven 170°C/R­3.

2. Place the dates in a small bowl and pour over 150ml of boiling water. Stir in the bicarbonate of soda and leave to one side.

3. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add each egg and stir well after each addition. Fold in the flour and ground ginger.

4. Stir in the yoghurt into the date mixture – it will be quite runny.

5. Pour the batter into six small pudding moulds and place on a baking tray.

6. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the puddings are brown and springy to touch.

7. Leave to cool in the moulds before removing with a palette knife.

8. To make the sauce, melt the butter in a shallow frying pan and add the pear. Cook until soft and caramelised. Meanwhile, place the cooled puddings into six bowls.

9. Add the sugar and cream and continue to stir until the sauce is bubbling. Remove from the heat, pour evenly over the puddings and serve.

Recipes and image courtesy of rachelsorganic.co.uk

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