Nova Scotia Apples - Recipe Box: Sticky Apple Pudding

 

Sticky Apple Pudding
2005 Winner - Evangeline Inn and Motel, Ellen Kennie

2 cups apple cider or water  
1/2 cup chopped dates 
4 tsp. baking soda 
1/3 cup butter 
1 1/4 cup sugar 
3 eggs 
2 cups flour 
1 tbsp. baking powder 
1 tsp. cinnamon 
1/2 tsp. nutmeg 
1/2 tsp. cloves 
2 cups Nova Scotia Cortland apples, peeled and chopped 

In a saucepan, bring liquid and dates to a boil. Boil until soft, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in baking soda. Cool about 20 minutes. Beat butter and sugar until light, add eggs, one at a time. Stir in flour and spices alternately with date mixture. Add chopped apples. Pour into a greased 9 square pan or mini bundt pans. Bake in 350°F oven for 40 50 minutes. Serve warm with toffee sauce.

Toffee Sauce
3/4 cup butter  
1 1/4 cup brown sugar 
3/4 cup whipping cream 
1/2 tsp. vanilla 

Melt butter in saucepan, stir in brown sugar until dissolved. Add whipping cream, simmer until slightly thickened. Stir in vanilla.

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