Sticky Date Pudding

This is a favorite dessert and it’s easy to make.
Sticky Date Pudding
90gms Soft Brown Sugar
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Essence
8 Dates
1 ¼ Cup Water
1 Teaspoon Bicarbonate of Soda
120gms Butter
120 gms Caster Sugar
2 Eggs
150 gms Self Raising Flour
3 Tablespoons Cream
Finely grated rind of 1 Orange
Place the vanilla essence ,water and the dates in a saucepan and bring to the boil,turn off the heat add the bicarbonate of soda and cover with lid.meanwhile butter 6 dariole moulds thoroughly and set aside,cream half the butter with all the  caster sugar and the orange rind ,cream for 5 minutes add eggs one at a time and beat in thoroughly ,fold in sifted flour ,chop the dates and mix in with the liquid from cooking the dates.
Spoon the mixture into the moulds filling to about a cm below the rim ,Bake in a pre heated 180c oven for 20 minutes,meanwhile place the brown sugar ,the rest of the butter and the cream in a saucepan and heat thoroughly till combined  reduce heat and simmer 2 minutes after the puddings have been  cooking 20 minutes  pour a tablespoon of this mixture on each pudding and cook them a further 5 minutes,
Unmould puddings onto a plate and  serve with remaining sauce  and thickened cream.

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