21 - 23 October 2022 ExCel, London

A sticky – but light and airy – sponge pudding treat. With that special comforting Lyle’s Golden Syrup warmth.

Prep: 30 minutes
Cooking: 45-55 minutes
Serves: 9

175g (6oz) moist stoned dates, finely chopped
250ml (9floz) water
1 rounded tsp Dr. Oetker Bicarbonate of Soda
75g (3oz) unsalted butter, softened
50g (1.7oz) Lyle’s Golden Syrup
150g (5.5oz) Tate&Lyle Light Soft Brown Sugar
1 tsp Dr. Oetker Madagascan Vanilla Extract
2 large eggs, at room temperature
175g (6oz) self-raising flour

(Toffee sauce)
75g (3oz) unsalted butter
95g (3½oz) Lyle’s Golden Syrup
75g (3oz) Tate&Lyle Light Soft Brown Sugar
150ml (5floz) double cream

Bake this splendid sponge:

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C Fan, 350°F, Gas 4. Pop the dates into a pan with the water, bring to the boil then lower the heat and simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat, stir in the bicarbonate of soda and set aside.
2. In a new bowl, beat the butter, Lyle’s Golden Syrup and Tate&Lyle’s Light Soft Brown Sugar until soft and creamy, then beat in the vanilla and eggs.
3. Fold in the flour and the dates with their liquid, mix well to give a soft consistency. Spoon into a greased 20-23cm (8-9”) square shallow parchment lined cake tin, and bake on the middle shelf for 30 minutes. Lightly cover with foil and cook for a further 15-20 minutes (until a fine skewer comes out clean when poked through the centre).
4. Meanwhile, put all the ingredients for the Toffee sauce into a medium-sized non-stick pan and stir together over a low heat until the Tate&Lyle’s Light Soft Brown Sugar has dissolved.
5. When the pudding is ready, cut into portions, pour over the warm toffee sauce and serve.

Enjoy that rich golden sponge – just don’t skimp on the sauce!