Sticky date with hot butterscotch sauce, scones with jam and cream and self-saucing golden syrup pudding
After we recently looked back on the Nan dinners that are full of nostalgia as well as flavour, we thought it might be time to take a look at that other great comforter: Nan-style desserts.
Now, we know everyone has their own versions of what brings back childhood memories of Nan, Granny, Nonna, Abuela, Oma, Meemaw, Yiayia… But there are some dishes that are delicious and we love to share for their feelings of Nan-type food because they are warming, sweet and comforting.
So it was great fun to join Today Extra‘s Britt Cohen to walk through a couple of my favourites;
- Sticky Date cake with hot butterscotch sauce
- Classic scones
- Self-saucing golden syrup teacup pudding (made in the microwave)
I’m not saying these reflect everyone’s Gran — certainly, my Oma made some very different desserts — but these are memories of my Nan, and I hope they bring some warmth, comfort and deliciousness into your life too.
So grab a spoon and a hot cup of sweet, milky tea and get ready for some classic, easy and timeless Nan-style desserts.
Sticky date pudding with warm butterscotch sauce recipe
You can call it pudding, but honestly this is really just cake that you douse in pools of caramel sauce. It’s great however you serve it, but warm cake with cold ice cream and hot butterscotch sauce is always a crowd-pleaser.
This is a simple version of a classic recipe and trust me, you’ll always want to make a double batch of the sauce and keep it in the fridge for emergency desserts of just about any kind.
RECIPE: Sticky date pudding with hot butterscotch sauce
Classic easy Aussie scones recipe
Nan and Mum both used to make beautiful scones, and they could whip them up at a moment’s notice whenever unexpected guests suddenly turned up. They take moments to mix and less than 15 minutes in the oven.
It’s a skill I was determined to master. The trick, according to Nan, is to touch the dough as little as possible once the wet ingredients go in. So use a round-bladed metal knife to mix, knead as a little as possible and don’t worry about getting the tops smooth. A rustic look is all part of this easy scone recipe’s charm.
Of course, they are always best east warm out of the oven on the day they’re made with the jam of your choice and lashings of thick cream.
RECIPE: Classic, easy scones
Self-saucing steamed golden syrup pudding in a teacup recipe
Classic golden syrup self-saucing pudding has long been a favourite in our family. But the day we discovered you could make it in the microwave in tiny little serves cooked in less than five minutes, well, that was a glorious day.
As a safety warning: if you are going to cook these in teacups in the microwave, just make sure there are no gold rims or metallic paints on the teacups. You cannot put metal in the microwave, so skip the embellished Royal Doulton in favour of plain mugs or teacups.
After that, you need to make sure you have plenty of golden syrup in the bottom of the cups for the self-saucing effect. Other than that, it’s just mix the ingredients up, pop them in your teacup and about 2½ minutes in the microwave will give you that steamed pudding delight.
RECIPE: Self-saucing golden syrup teacup pudding
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