Pour the water into a saucepan, add
the dates and bicarbonate of soda and
bring to the boil.
Add to the flour mixture,
stirring well. Turn the batter into the pre-
pared dish and bake for 30-45 minutes.
Boil the sugar, water and butter until
syrupy. Remove from the heat and add the
brandy and vanilla essence. Pour the hot
syrup over the baked pudding, and leave
until completely absorbed. Serve with
cream or ice cream.
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