Pre-heat oven to 180° C, 160° C fan, Gas mark 4.
Place dates in a mixing bowl, add 225ml (8 fl oz) boiling water. Add the bicarbonate of soda and leave for 10 minutes.
Grease a 2 pint pudding basin.
Place the Stork, sugar, eggs, flour and spice in a mixing bowl and beat together until smooth. Stir in the dates together with the soaking liquid.
Pour mixture into the basin and bake for 1 hour.
To make the sauce, place all the ingredients in a heavy based pan and heat until the sugar has dissolved, stirring occasionally.
Pour the sauce over the pudding. Serve with a large spoonful of Elmlea Whipping if liked.
Recipe courtesy of Stork