My Brother’s Last Teen Year (Traditions Of March #2)

We all love our siblings. There is no doubt about it (nodotabotit as my brother likes to say) that a lot of the time, you can share the world with them, even more than your parents and that is totally normal (mummy, daddy you never heard this from me! ;))

But of course then there are the times that siblings fight – I am talking from the stupid hair yanking to sock hitting to pillow fights to more grown up ‘angry discussions’ like taking too long in the bathroom in the morning and sharing the car πŸ˜›

I love my Bhaiya more than this can you believe it!

I love my Bhaiya more than this can you believe it!

When it comes down to the crux of the matter, a sibling is one of your best friends and you don’t even realise it. You appreciate them, you hate them, you get jealous of them, you wonder about them and you learn from them. And that is the relationship that my Bhaiya (*Hindi word for brother) and I have always had πŸ˜€ (though he has never been jealous of me :P)

What is so great about my brother? And why am I being so kind and honest to and about him in this post instead of embarrassing him like a normal sister with any right frame of mind would do?

  1. I am saving his whole collection of stupidity-captured-by-a-click for his 21st – My brother claims he is not even coming to his 21st… πŸ˜›

    Lots of dates boggle the mind ;)

    Lots of dates boggle the mind πŸ˜‰

  2. He has been really nice lately – my brother is a busy almost-man now – When I do see him, which is not so often anymore due to his social commitments and uni and I totally get that, he is really sweet and nice so I guess I kind of owe him one πŸ˜‰

    The things I mix together to owe him one ;)

    The things I mix together to owe him one πŸ˜‰

  3. He is turning 19 – Now I don’t know if he has realised this but this is his last year of teendom – notice I called him almost-man? That is because he is still a teen! I must not hyperventilate, I must not, I will not! Next year will mark his goodbyes to late night popcorn movie sessions (without the popcorn, he is weird) and toodle-loos to putt-putt golf as he enters *dun dun DUN* his twenties… but let us worry about that next year shall we?
To stop hyperventilating it is recommended one eats this batter...

To stop hyperventilating it is recommended one eats this batter…

Here is a secret bro: You know how you say I am not old enough to turn 17? That you cannot imagine me 17? Well guess what, I CANNOT IMAGINE YOU HAVING YOUR LAST YEAR AS A TEEN!

So this is on my Bhaiya’s official to do list this year as a way of exiting the beautiful yet admittedly, a little moody, teenage years with a bang!

I can bribe you anytime birthday boy...

I can bribe you anytime birthday boy…

  1. Eat with a large thick restaurant wiping cloth stuffed inside your collar to avoid food drips on your clothes
  2. Take your amazingly wonderful awesome sister (ahem, any guesses who I am referring to ;)) to a fun day at some carnival and go on every.single.ride.
  3. Joy ride with your P’s on a race track
  4. Awkwardly give a girl a red rose on Valentines Day (you have next year!)
  5. Get stressed about the amount of work you have and have a breakdown (little or fake, it is up to you :P)
  6. Have ma comb your hair and scrub your face one last time like a little boy

So Bhaiya, Happy Birthday was what I was meant to say out of this entire post I suppose. I could not cope if you weren’t there so don’t you dare move out anytime soon you 19 year old you!

I'll lure you back I promise!

I’ll lure you back I promise!

You are awesome bro, simply awesome with so much to offer to every person, uni and science lab you ever come across! Go conquer your last teen year in style πŸ˜€

And when does the food actually enter the equation besides various photos which have been floating throughout the above?

Like my dad, as tradition dictates, my brother has a staple birthday cake. More like a cake than a pudding but it is I guess called a pudding.

Can you not see the moistness of this pudding/cake or whatever :D

Can you not see the moistness of this pudding/cake or whatever πŸ˜€

A very dated pudding.

A Sticky Date Pudding. With warm, drippy butterscotch sauce. And a heaping load of vanilla ice cream all warm and melting, mixing flavours. Yes. He may not be a chocolate boy but like my dad, I make sure that their non-chocolate dishes are celebrated in style. Just like my daddy’s meringue, my first post of this cake last year was long lost in the archives and did not even have pictures. Well I certainly fixed that.

This was the recipe I used. I almost thought I stuffed it up by not adding enough water but the decadently moist cake to enter out of the oven proved me wrong. Thank god it proved me wrong πŸ™‚

Hot melt-your-heart butterscotch sauce, thick and dreamy...

Hot melt-your-heart butterscotch sauce, thick and dreamy…

I used this awesome recipe. As perfect and dense and beautiful as it was, it is just off the taste of THE sticky date, the one we always eat at GPK, an Italian restaurant staple in my family. I will try good recipe after good recipe until I find the one Bhaiya, even if it takes 50 birthdays πŸ˜€

But in the meanwhile, I suppose we will just have to keep making and eating this beautiful piece of delicious, close to perfect sticky date… sigh πŸ˜‰

If my brother was a cake

If my brother was a cake

Here are just a couple of changes I made to the recipe before I leave you [[to run to your kitchen to make this]]

  • I added in a tbs of golden syrup when the eggs and vanilla are added
  • I increased the vanilla to 2 tsp
  • I increased the number of dates to 280g
  • Butter increased to 70g
  • The conversion of SRF to plain flour: 1 cup + 1/4 cup plain flour + 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • Like this ;)

    Like this πŸ˜‰

    When the dates start to soften, squish them lightly to keep releasing the flavour but not so totally disintegrated (you want a dark murky water :P)

  • Try not to drink the butterscotch sauce like water – please, I am talking from experience πŸ˜€
I love my Bhaiya more than this can you believe it!

I love my Bhaiya more than this can you believe it!

Happy Birthday Bhaiya again – I know you enjoyed the cake (2 helpings means a lot to me) but I hope you enjoy your year even more πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ :D!!!

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P.S. Terra of Cafe Terra and Donna of The Sugared Pecan have both awarded me blog awards which is most kind and generous of them – however I will not be acknowledging them till my next post as this post is dedicated to my Bhaiya πŸ™‚



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    • Thank you so much – it was perfect for him and his big day πŸ˜€
      I am so glad you enjoyed it so much my friend! (and I had a special place in my heart for the sauce too ;))

      Choc Chip Uru

  3. What a heavenly cake for your brother. I know he’s grown up now, but if this post doesn’t bring a little tear to his eye, I don’t know what would. When I read the part about washing his face it made me feel a wee little tear well up. How special an older brother (and younger.. I have three) is… How fortunate you are to have each other… xoxo Smidge

    • Thank you my friend πŸ™‚
      I do love him like crazy so it means a lot to me that I expressed it well – You too are very lucky to have 3 younger and I’m sure wonderful brothers πŸ˜€

      Choc Chip Uru

  4. Abby says:

    Oohh Love dates! Wow what a moist, delicious looking cake! This will have to go on my list to make. And happy birthday to your brother πŸ™‚

  5. Ambreen says:

    What a perfect treat to celebrate your loving brother’s birthday! That’s so sweet of you to to make his day so special. Belated birthday wishes to your brother πŸ™‚

  6. Just Baked says:

    I don’t think I have ever had a date. But, this cake makes me think it is about time I tried one!! The butterscotch sauce looks especially delicious! Happy birthday to your brother. What a sweet post πŸ˜€

    • You most certainly must πŸ˜›
      Especially with the sauce… which is long finished at my place πŸ™‚
      Thank you my friend, I am glad you liked this post!

      Choc Chip Uru

  7. Maggie says:

    Awww….what an awesome ode to your brother! I have a brother and three sisters an I adore the heck out of them!! So, I totally get your oozing over your brother for his big day. And what a fab treat you’ve made him!! Great job!

  8. Caroline says:

    So, so decadent and fabulous…I’m sure this was delicious! I actually haven’t made anything with dates. Looks like I’m gonna have to change that. πŸ˜‰

    • Dates, even not in desserts are growing on me as well πŸ˜€
      I am so glad you enjoyed this cake – it would go great with tea πŸ˜‰
      And thank you my friend!

      Choc Chip Uru

  9. I feel the same about my brother, we are so close, and he is 20 so we must be very similar! We have had worse than angry discussions though lol we cuss and cry but in the end I would bake him a lovely cake too:]]]

    • Aww too sweet – nothing says ‘let’s make up, sorry for breaking your guitar’ like a big cake πŸ˜‰
      And we must be! I am 16 with my now-19 year old bro – that is so cool πŸ˜€

      Choc Chip Uru

    • Haha I did spoil him rotten but he is my older brother πŸ˜›
      And thank you – I am thrilled you liked this cake so much – it is a definite must try πŸ˜€

      Choc Chip Uru

  10. Justine Duppong says:

    Aww, how sweet! You know, I don’t think my brother even looks at my blog! He also had the book I published in high school sitting on his shelf for years without opening it up (not much of a reader). I think his wife is a devoted reader of the blog though. πŸ˜‰

    • Thank you πŸ˜€
      And it looks like you have some serious bribing – I mean demanding of him (he has no idea what he is missing out on)
      Definitely do the whole sister + wife overpowering πŸ˜‰

      Choc Chip Uru

  11. Maureen says:

    What a lovely post. You are very lucky to have a brother who loves you and he’s doubly lucky to have a sister who can cook!

    I LOVE sticky date pudding and would eat it every week if my waistline would cooperate.

    • Thank you my friend – our actions imply more than our words usually how special we are to each other (like him devouring 3 huge pieces of cake ;))
      And I am glad you enjoyed this cake πŸ˜€ – I am the same (stupid ever expanding waists :P)

      Choc Chip Uru

    • Thank you so much – dates are definitely one of the most delicious cooking ingredients, especially in desserts and I am sure you will enjoy it πŸ˜€

      Choc Chip Uru

  12. Happy Birthday to your brother, siblings are very important and I love seeing my own daughter and son play together and always look out for each other. Yes they argue and fight but deep down it’s love…
    Thanks for stopping by Foodness Gracious too πŸ™‚

    • Thank you very much on behlf of my bro and me πŸ˜€
      And that butterscotch is so addictive – do not make it! Actually do but exercise self control πŸ˜‰

      Choc Chip Uru

  13. Anita Menon says:

    Such a sweet ode to your brother. I love my younger brother and this post resonates everything that I feel for him. He got married recently to a beautiful girl. but we are still goofy as ever. You have made me so so nostalgic. Thanks for sharing a wonderful post and recipe

    • Thank you so much πŸ˜€
      And I am happy this post reminds me of your wonderful siblings – congrats to him by the way πŸ™‚
      Most happy you enjoyed this post my friend!

      Choc Chip Uru

  14. What a lovely post and ode to your dear brother. When I read what you wrote, I saw the history of my brother and I in your words…although we are much older now. That is a delicious birthday cake you made for your brother. The dates must have made the cake very moist and creamy. I love the butterscotch sauce (you should try this one, it’s made entirely in the microwave!)

    • Thank you so much – I am glad we remind you of such wonderful memories πŸ™‚
      And also that you enjoyed this cake – the dates give it a lot natural sweetness which make it really moist as well πŸ˜€
      And thanks for the wonderful tip (though it is truly dangerous to me… ;))

      Choc Chip Uru

  15. Your stories just make me smile, reminds of how my younger sis & I fight, pulled each other’s hair, made up.. until today we still tease & ‘fight’ whenever we get to see each other about once or twice a year. the bond never ends πŸ™‚
    and oh your stick date pudding sounds amazing! wish i have u as my sista πŸ™‚

    • Haha, your memories sound so awesome as do your meetings today πŸ˜‰
      Thank you so much! I am so glad you enjoyed this – and we can definitely be foodie sistas πŸ˜‰

      Choc Chip Uru

  16. beccysfoodies says:

    yummm! that looks so good! i was on the hunt for a date cake (i am a bit of a date fan) and that looks perfect! so moist and with that butterscotch sauce…mmmmm πŸ™‚

    how funny is this, we are both in yr 11 and i also have a brother who is turing 19 this year – only in a few months!! how cool! πŸ™‚

    once again – awesome cake!! πŸ™‚ really can’t wait to make! Top job once again! πŸ™‚

    • Thanks πŸ˜€
      I hope your hunt is certainly over πŸ˜‰ – If you are a date fan, this was made for you!
      And that is crazy cool – I can’t believe we are so similar (and in our love for food!) – isn’t having a 19 yr old bro the best?

      Choc Chip Uru

  17. awww, that is such a sweet bday wish! being a single child i always wanted an elder sister with whom i could share clothes, go shopping, have teen-talks & all that. Never wanted a bro really esp after seeing how my friends used to get bullied around by their elder brothers, but reading this now im wishing i had one! πŸ™‚ the sticky dates pudding looks fantastic, esp with vanilla icecream it must have been delecious!

    • Thank you so much πŸ˜€
      I dream of having an older sister for sure but an older brother may be arrogant but certainly does not bully me – your poor friends! Trust me, an older bro is awesome!
      And I am so glad you enjoyed this recipe – it most certainly was delicious πŸ™‚

      Choc Chip Uru

    • Haha, I completely forgive you (while writing this post, I was too distracted eating the cake πŸ˜‰
      I am happy to hear you and your brother are so close and I agree – a must make πŸ˜€

      Choc Chip Uru

  18. Denise says:

    How delightful to have such a sweet relationship with your brother! I think you will remail close, even though he is growing up. There are always fun new things around the corner!
    This date sticky pudding sounds like something I should try! I grew up somewhat near the date farms in Southern California and so I have always loved dates. I use them in various cookies, breads and rice dishes but have never tried to make a sticky pudding and this looks yummy.
    I love reading your blog and getting your view point on things. Quite impressive for one so young! πŸ™‚

    • You are so positive – I completely agree πŸ˜€
      And your date farms sound so wonderful! I am sure you must love using them in sweet recipes but this one personally tops all πŸ˜‰
      Thank you so much for your support as well – sometimes I am a little daunted but I love blogging!

      Choc Chip Uru

  19. Eliot says:

    Your brother is lucky to have a little sister like you! My sister and I fought like cats and dogs when we were growing up. It wasn’t until we were adults and actually when she was traveling in Europe for her own university experience that we ironically became close.

    Great post and great recipe (again)!

    • I love that travelling in Europe brought you together – just the excuse I need πŸ˜‰
      And thank you very much – I am sure you will love it if you make it my friend!
      You are too kind (as always!)

      Choc Chip Uru

  20. Suzi says:

    What a lovely post and you are certainly a thoughtful and caring sister. Your brother is very lucky to have you and I’m sure he know it. Beautiful cake. I do think I would be very tempted to eat the butterscotch sauce. Have a wonderful day and Happy Birthday to your brother.

    • Thank you my friend – Your kind words are much appreciated and I am very happy you enjoyed this cake and post πŸ˜€
      And I am also thrilled I am not the only sweet sauce addict πŸ˜‰
      Hope you have a wonderful week!

      Choc Chip Uru

  21. Susie says:

    What a nice cake for your brothers last years of official teendom. I love my brother the same and he is my best friend although when we were young you may have thought we were going to kill each other lol.

  22. What a great cake for your brother’s birthday! I’m sure my siblings would have been happy if I had ever cooked them a cake – ever. πŸ™‚ Brothers and sisters really are great, unforunately now that we’re all in our 20s we live 2 and 4 hours from each other. And your brother is lucky to have such a sweet sister! He better take you to that carnival πŸ˜‰

    Wonderful recipe, this cake sounds amazing!

    • Hehehe, looks like you are overdue and they are waiting outside your door right now πŸ˜›
      I am so glad you enjoyed this cake and it seems like the perfect excuse to go visit them and catch up πŸ˜€
      And thank you – I am working on the carnival πŸ˜‰

      Choc Chip Uru

  23. NerdyBaker says:

    No a big date fan but my dad is. This seems like a “just for my daddy” type of dessert. I am sure he will love it.
    Yes, siblings are the best! My mom is gone and the three of us really respect each other and my sister and I have always been close. I love my brother but he is a bit arrogant! O well, he is a good uncle to my kids!
    We also had sibling “physical fights” until I was in college (and I am the baby)! Around then though it was just for fun, it got the blood pumping and us laughing.

    • Like my lemon meringue for my daddy, this is the perfect staple bonding recipe πŸ˜€
      And I am so happy you have a wonderful relationship with your family (and trust me I think it is a brother thing, arrogance :P)
      Kiddy fights are always the best right? πŸ˜€

      Choc Chip Uru

  24. Big brothers are the absolute best. Heck, I’m about triple your age and still adore my big brothers, so rest assured that the feeling never goes away. And, since I’ve never made anything as amazing as this cake for mine, I’d say you’re in good shape for life. Wow, it looks delicious. I agree, that one photo with the melting ice cream combining with the rich butterscotch sauce is fantastic.

    • That is so nice to hear that things never change (though I am sure any cooking helps with that, I have seen your posts and wow they are whipped ;))
      I am so glad you enjoyed both post and photos – thank you πŸ˜€

      Choc Chip Uru

  25. Heather says:

    This is so sweet, it is so nice to see that you have a wonderful relationship with your brother. I too am very close to my little sister, it seems we become even closer as each year goes by πŸ™‚

    I hope your Brother enjoyed his day and enjoys his last year as a teen- once you hit your twenties time literally flys by!

    • I am so happy to hear you and your sister are close πŸ™‚
      And my brother definitely did enjoy his day and cake for sure thank you πŸ˜€ – Though I will let him know about your advice πŸ˜‰

      Choc Chip Uru

  26. Ruth says:

    Aww, this post is so sweet! (the cake/ pudding looks delicious, as always! ) I don’t have older siblings but I definitely went through that with my younger brother, he turned 23 last week, unbelievable!

  27. Such fun reading what you had to say about your brother. It’s been so-o long since my brothers and I were teens. I was caught in the middle and we three fought and argued. I can’t remember, did we get along before we turned old and grey?! Now, however, they are pretty good guys. What a yummy recipe, CCU, thanks for sharing your version of your brother’s birthday cake, umm, pudding.

    • Hehe, I love how you describe your relationships with your siblings – aren’t they the best friends for life πŸ˜€
      And I hope you enjoy this pudding-cake – thanks my friend πŸ™‚


  28. Movies to putt putt-Ha! That does make him sound kind of old. I never frequented putt putt, not that enjoyable to me!
    Anyhow this does look like a divine way to indulge and say good bye to teendom! Sweet of you to make this for your brother, wish I could have a slice. Dates are one of the best dried fruits to put in a baked good. Delicious post!

    • Thank you my friend so much for everything πŸ˜€
      Though I can’t believe you don’t like putt putt, we could totally go the movies and have this for afternoon tea πŸ™‚

      Choc Chip Uru

    • Thanks my friend – and you must know exactly what I am going throug πŸ˜€
      And I am glad you enjoyed this cake – but believe it or no chocolate involved – wow right? πŸ˜›

      Choc Chip Uru

    • Haha, I am sure I am a horrible sister at times too – it is the crux that matters πŸ˜€
      And I very glad you enjoyed this cake and syrup – thanks πŸ™‚

      Choc Chip Uru

  29. So funny that with my siblings, we still have our set of arguments but after that all is forgotten. In fact I learn to appreciate my family more now then when I was younger.

    Very nice outcome with the dates and that cake looks so fabulous. Thumbs up again for your baking skills.

  30. I’m really agree with you..! I have really great and lovable sister, even though we have lots of friend to share and hangout with, but my sister always be the best bestie for me, she’s like my soulmate and I feel lucky have her as a fam and friends I love your date cake, btw that’s look tempting!


  31. Great post hahaha I love my sister and we have a great relationship but still we have siblings fights too hehe πŸ™‚ This recipe is great! I love cakes with dates hehe I agree with Nami so many date recipes lately! so excited πŸ˜€ thanks for sharing!

    • Thank you πŸ˜€ – Glad to hear your sis and you are so close!
      Also thank you so much for your kind words – I am sure you will definitely enjoy this recipe πŸ™‚

      Choc Chip Uru

  32. I’ve seen so many good dates recipe lately. I used to see some dates recipe here and there, but lately I’ve seen like 5-6 date recipes a day! Your cake looks so yummy! I’ve never used dates for cooking/baking. It must be delicious!

    • Looks like dates are definitely the new ingredient – move over chocolate (wait no sorry not possible ;))
      I am really glad you enjoyed this cake, thank you so much – I think you seeing so many dates is a sign that you should definitely bake with dates πŸ˜€

      Choc Chip Uru

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