Diane Claughton's "Easy Does It" Recipes

Sticky Chicken Serves 4

  • 1 orange, grated rind and juice only
  • 1 tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp clear honey
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 12 large chicken drumsticks

Place the orange rind and juice in a large bowl and stir in the sugar, honey, cayenne, ginger and salt. Add the drumsticks, cover and chill for an hour or two, turning from time to time. Set on a non stick baking sheet and roast at 375-400F for about 40 minutes or barbecue until cooked through and nicely browned. Serve hot or cold.

Toffee Pecan Pudding Serves 4

  • 3/4 cup dates, stoned and chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/3 cups self-rising flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Sauce recipe:

  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup demerara or light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans

Preheat the oven to 350F and grease an 11x7 inch baking dish. Boil the dates in the water for about 5 minutes until soft, then add the baking soda. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, then add the eggs and beat well. Mix in the dates, flour and vanilla, then pour into the greased baking pan and cook in the preheated oven for about 30-40 minutes, or until just firm to the touch.

To make the sauce, simply place all the ingredients in a pan over a low heat and stir together until blended, then bring to the boil. Some of this can be poured over the pudding, or it can be kept totally separate and ladled over the pudding when served.