this is a lovely easy take on the classic steamed date pudding. the coconut toffee is delicious it doesnt taste of coconut but adds a wonderful earthy sweetness which has its own treacle like flavour that is typical of this cake and compliments the pudding so lovely. Best served warm with your favourite vanilla ice cream of choice with lots of the toffee drizzled over the top. Here we bake the pudding which makes the recipes easier but still keeps its typical moistness
chop the dates into small pieces ensuring there are no hidden stones in the middle.
In a bowl pour the boiling water over the dates and leave to sit.
make 2 flax eggs by mixing together the ground flax seeds and the water in a mug, mix well and leave to sit for 5 mins.
In another bowl add the sunflower oil, vanilla extract and molasses and mix until homogeneous.
Mix together the flour, sugar, baking soda and baking powder in a large bowl.
In a food processor blend the dates and water till you reach a smooth caramel like texture.
Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and mix in the flax eggs, the date mixture and the sunflower and molasses mix until well combined.
Line a baking tray approx 34cm (13 inches) x 34cm (13 inches) with baking parchment and pour in the cake batter.
Level out and put in the oven to bake at 180 for 30 mins
While the cake is baking in the oven time to make the coconut toffee
In a large bottomed pot on high heat add the water, lemon juice and coconut sugar and use a whisk to stir continuously to avoid any of the sugar catching to the bottom and burning.
After approx 3-4 mins the sugar should start to dissolve into a smooth caramel.Gently add the coconut cream from the top of the can of coconut. Be careful not to add any of the water from the can of coconut milk just the cream from the top of the can. Continue to heat and stir until it starts to become really bubbly and lovely and smooth. Once smooth turn off the heat and leave to one side to cool and thicken up.
Take the cake out of the oven and leave to cool. Once cool add 1/2 of the toffee on top of the cake to give a glaze and add a lovely sweetness. keep the remaining ½ of the toffee to serve on top of the ice cream with the pudding
cut into brownie shaped pieces and serve with dairy free vanilla ice cream with hot toffee poured on top