Recipe: Banana sticky pudding with earl grey dates and toffee sauce

A scrummy dessert from Marina Social's head chef

Recipe: Banana sticky pudding with earl grey dates and toffee sauce

Made all the banana bread you can possibly eat? Still have ripe bananas. Marina Social Dubai’s head chef Will Stanyer shares a comforting banana pudding with lashings of toffee sauce.

Pudding ingredients:
• 300g soft dark sugar
• 285g unsalted butter
• 3 medium eggs
• 300g plain white flour
• 20g baking powder
• 330g chopped banana
• Pinch of sea salt flakes

• Cream together the butter and sugar using a wooden spoon or a kitchen mixer with a paddle attachment.

• Add the eggs slowly, one by one, ensuring each one has been incorporated to the mix before adding the next.

• Now add the rest of the ingredients and mix to a smooth batter.

• Transfer to a none-stick, greased baking tray and bake for 20 to 25 minutes at 170˚C, using a cake tester or thin metal skewer to test that it is cooked.

• To serve, allow the pudding to cool until it is warm enough to handle.

• Cut it into rectangles using a serrated knife and serve with a generous amount of the toffee sauce.

• Drain the dates and serve these on the side, and add a scoop of your favourite ice cream.

Toffee sauce ingredients:
• 150g unsalted butter
• 150g dark soft sugar
• 150g double cream

• Melt the sugar and butter together in a pan.

• Add the double cream and bring to a boil.

• Whisk until smooth and serve hot.

Earl Grey dates:
• 125g dates
• 250ml water
• 50g wugar
• 1 Earl Grey tea bag

• Boil the water and sugar and infuse the Earl grey tea into this for five minutes.

• While still hot, pour over the dates to rehydrate them.

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