First, McGrady says to prepare the sauce by adding all of the ingredients to a heavy-based pan. Next, you should stir over a high heat until everything is combined.
Bring it to a boil and simmer for four minutes. McGrady advises to pour about one and a half cups of the sauce into a greased two-pint pudding basin and allow to cool. You can save the remaining sauce to pour over the pudding.
Next, McGrady says to place the dates in a bowl with the bicarb soda and the boiling water.
You should stir until the soda dissolves and then leave it to cool.
Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, add the egg and vanilla and keep beating.