Cinnamon myrtle-spiced sticky date pudding with macadamia brittle

Served with a butterscotch sauce, this rich sticky date pudding takes inspiration from native Australian ingredients.
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6 - 8
1H 5M

The ultimate comfort food gets a bush-inspired upgrade. Macadamia brittle ups the ante and cinnamon myrtle, used fresh or dried, is a sophisticated swap for of its namesake spice. Use it sparingly, though, as the flavour is stronger than traditional cinnamon.

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Macadamia brittle
Butterscotch sauce


1.Preheat oven to 180°C. Lightly grease a 23cm round, 3cm-deep cast iron pan. Sift flour, sugar and spices into a large bowl. Gradually add butter, milk and eggs and stir to combine. Add dates and stir to combine; spoon batter into prepared pan. Bake until top is lightly golden and cracked (40-45 minutes).
2.Meanwhile, for brittle, line an oven tray with baking paper and place on a wire rack. Combine sugar and 80ml water in a small heavy-based saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring continuously until sugar dissolves. Stir in the glucose then increase heat to medium and bring to the boil. Boil, without stirring, until the mixture reaches 130°C on a sugar thermometer (6-8 minutes). Stir in macadamias and simmer, stirring occasionally, until mixture reaches 150°C (5-6 minutes). Remove from heat. Add butter and stir in bicarbonate of soda until well combined. Pour onto prepared tray and, using a knife, spread into a thin layer. Set aside to cool completely then crumble.
3.For butterscotch sauce, place sugar in a heavy-based saucepan with 60ml water over heat; cook without stirring, until a golden-brown caramel forms (8-10 minutes). Gradually whisk in cream taking care as it will spit, until combined. Remove from heat and gradually whisk in butter until combined. Keep warm until ready to serve.
4.Serve hot pudding, drizzled with butterscotch sauce and cream and topped with brittle.

Dried cinnamon myrtle is available from specialty food shops. If unavailable, substitute ground cinnamon.


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