This hand-written recipe was given to me by a family that runs a little inn out in the ENglish countryside. Our tour bus pulled in for lunch on a cold, wet rainy day, and this was served to us warm at the end of the meal---very memorable. I have eaten something similar in New England called Sailor's Duff. Bon Apetit!


  • 2 oz. butter
  • 6 oz. granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 8 oz. plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/2 pt. hot water
  • 1/2 tsp bicarb (baking soda)
  • 6 oz. stoned dates (pitted)
  • vanilla essence (vanilla flavoring)


Cream butter and sugar, add egg and beat for a few minutes. Fold in flour. Soak dates in water with b. powder, bicarb and essence. Sitr into flour mixture. Turn into 7X7 pan (I use 9 by 9), greased and bake approximately 30-40 mins. moderately hot oven.(325-350). Melt 3 oz. butter in saucepan, add 6 oz. brown sugar, (dark, soft brown sugar for richer topping) and 1/4 pt. whipping cream and boil for 2-3 minutes until fudgy. Pour over hot pudding. ENJOY!!

Serves 6-8

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Submitted 6/13/05.
Source: An Inn in England
Submitted By: Nelda Fletcher
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