Heat the sugar and water in an 18 cm heavy-based saucepan until the sugar has melted and bring to boil.
Meanwhile sift the cake flour and bicarbonate of soda together.
Mix the buttermilk with the melted butter and golden syrup and add to the flour mixture.
Mix to form a stiff batter.
Spoon the batter into the boiling sauce, pressing it down with the back of a spoon so it can spread slightly (the mixture will foam and break apart).
Simmer slowly, uncovered, for 20 minutes.
Remove from heat, cover and leave to stand for 10 minutes.
Serve with custard or cream.
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