A sticky, spicy and moreish pudding - brilliant way to round off a winter meal
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Medjool dates have a soft texture, with a wrinkled skin and sweet flesh. They break down into a delicious pulp when cooked, making them ideal for this recipe, although prepacked chopped dates will also work.
Spiced pear pudding
If you’re not a fan of dates, swap the madeira cake for ginger loaf cake, preparing it in the same way. For the sauce, peel, core and chop 4 medium pears and put into a pan with a handful sultanas or raisins, 1 tsp ground cinnamon, zest 1 lemon, 2 tbsp honey and a splash orange juice. Cook gently for 10 mins until the pear is softened and starting to turn pulpy, adding a little more juice if it becomes dry. Assemble and microwave as before.