STICKY DATE SLICE

STICKY DATE SLICE
 
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Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 185g seeded dates, chopped
  • 1⅓ cups (330ml) boiling water
  • ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 60g butter, softened
  • 165g brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup (150g) self raising flour
  • FOR THE CARAMEL TOPPING
  • ½ cup (110g) brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 20g butter
  • 1 tablespoon golden syrup or treacle
  • 1 cup (250ml) thickened cream
  • TO DECORATE
  • 12 Maltesers
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180C/160 C fan forced. Grease and line a 24cm x 32cm slice pan, ensuring paper extends over long sides of pan for handles.
  2. Combine dates and water in a medium saucepan and bring to the boil. Remove from the heat, stir in the bicarb and stand for 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, and then add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  4. Stir in the sifted flour, then the date mixture. Pour the mixture in to the prepared pan.
  5. Bake for about 20 minutes. Cool slice in pan
  6. Make the caramel topping. Stir the sugar and water in a small saucepan over a low heat until the sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil, uncovered for about 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the butter and syrup. Put the mixture in a small bowl and add ¼ cup (60ml) of the cream. Beat with an electric mixer until slightly thickened and allow to cool. Beat the remaining cream in a separate small bowl until soft peaks form. Beat in the caramel mixture until firm peaks form and pop into the fridge until required.
  7. To serve, cut the slice into squares, top each one with a dollop of caramel topping and a Malteser.