Baking, FOOD, My recipes BAKING AT HOME 18 April 2012

I had a craving for sticky date puddingย the other day, and we had a couple of prunes leftover from the packet that we bought for Hunter, so I decided to try out making it myself! I used this recipe.

Happily, I ended up with a very soft and moistย cake, which was the PERFECT texture imho. The glaze on top was a bit heavy-handed though, and I probably should have poured on about half the portion, because we tend to prefer not-too-sweet deserts. I’d say the end result was very similar to what you’d get in restaurants outside in terms of sweetness, and we tend to have our homebaked desserts at half sugar.

This dessert is relatively low effort to make, and is pretty delicious, especially served with a big dollop of good quality vanilla ice cream. We’ve already eaten the whole thing! I’d make it again for sure ๐Ÿ™‚

Cooking the prunes in water


Sifting together the dry ingredients. Love the smell of cinnamon and nutmeg ๐Ÿ™‚


Adding the wet ingredients


Just before going into the oven


Cooking the caramel glaze whilst the pudding bakes. Mmmm... bubbling goodness....


Poured on top of the freshly-baked cake


Homebaked sticky date pudding ๐Ÿ™‚ SMELLS AMAZING!


And, I baked a banana bread. Yet again! It seems to be my favourite go-to dish.. I bake it really frequently because we love it, it keeps well, and Hunter LOVES it ๐Ÿ™‚ I would never give him store-bought banana bread because I know they have little banana and are loaded with sugar. But when I make it at home, I actually use very little sugar and barely any butter.

My banana bread looks oddly dry, but it’s actually very moist. I cut down dramatically on butter (only a small dollop) and instead use plain yogurt and sometimes some sour cream. It makes the banana bread SO moist and gives a great subtle tang – wayyyy better than using butter imho!

Banana bread fresh out of the oven. Best served with freshly-whipped maple butter ๐Ÿ™‚

[EDIT: upon request, here’s the Banana Bread recipe ๐Ÿ™‚ ]

  1. Beat 100g butter and 100g brown sugar together until creamy
  2. Add 1 egg and beat in
  3. Add 3-4 mashed bananas, 3 tbsp plain yoghurt and 1 tsp vanilla essence.
  4. Add 225g sifted plain flour, 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda, 1 tsp cinnamon and pinch of salt salt and beat in gradually.
  5. Pour into a greased loaf tin and bake at 180c for about 1 hour or until golden-brown and cooked.

And this was actually eons ago, but I was craving a good sausage sandwich today and remembered these pics ๐Ÿ˜‰ It was a small and casual BBQ dinner we had, kids included. I adore BBQs because it always means we have the typical Aussie ‘dish’ – a sausage and grilled onions slapped on thin white bread, and drizzled with tomato sauce. PERFECTION.

A relaxed weekend BBQ


Super-healthy pasta salad to off-set the BBQ goodness!


Sausage sandwich. LOVE.



  • tyra8 posted on April 18, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    I LOVE sticky date pudding! YUM!

    • Beverly! posted on April 18, 2012 at 8:07 pm

      me too!! It’s not very common here in SG though, oddly. I love it freshly baked ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Rowene posted on April 18, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    haha so funny how u crop the photo. looks like some serious conversations going on between 2 baby gals & M!

    • Beverly! posted on April 19, 2012 at 6:20 pm

      Oh hahahah true, they are very captivated by him!

  • Sarah posted on April 19, 2012 at 3:39 am

    I would love to have your banana bread recipe! The one I normally use is so full of sugar :S

    • Beverly! posted on April 19, 2012 at 6:29 pm

      Just updated the post! All you need is 1 bowl to mix everything in ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Ling posted on April 19, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Agree with the above, please share banana bread recipe? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Beverly! posted on April 19, 2012 at 6:36 pm

      Hee just updated it with the recipe. All you need is 1 bowl to mix everything in ๐Ÿ˜€

      • Ling posted on April 20, 2012 at 11:47 am

        THANK YOU ๐Ÿ˜€
        Trying it out this weekend!

  • Jenny posted on April 21, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Looks lovely! In the recipe, it says 100g butter and 100g sugar, so how much yoghurt and sugar did you actually use? Can’t wait to try this version.

    • Beverly! posted on April 24, 2012 at 9:46 am

      I used 3 tbsp yogurt, 2 tbsp sour cream, 100g butter, 100g brown sugar ๐Ÿ™‚ Very moist!!

  • Julia posted on May 1, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    I love sticky date pudding but it always seemed so complicated. Will look forward to trying your recipe this weekend. Also love making banana bread. I like mine with wholemeal flour though, makes me feel healthier about eating it ๐Ÿ™‚

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