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Joe Allen's Date Pudding

-----Original Message----- 
From: Christian
Sent: Thursday, January 14, 2016 10:35 PM
Subject: Date pudding

Dear Uncle Phaedrus,

I used to frequent Joe Allen's restaurant in Miami Beach, FL. They had the 
most remarkable dessert called the date pudding. It was actually a muffin 
baked with dates that had the top cut off and was served hot with vanilla 
ice cream on the side. They then poured what I believe was hot toffee sauce 
over the top of the whole thing. Joe Allen still has a restaurant in 
operation in New York, but they do not list the dessert on their menu. Could 
you please help with the recipe?

Thank you!

Hi Christian,

I could not find a recipe, actual, copycat, or "tastes-like" for that date pudding. I found lots of rave reviews of the pudding, but no recipe.

When Joe Allen's closed, the staff moved around a lot. I found news of them being at all these Miami area restaurants, none of which seemed to last very long:

1) Café 46 at 190 46 St, Miami
2)Morgans on the Beach
3)Georgia’s Union
4)PB Steak

The latest that I saw, from 2014, had them at 5) Soyka at 5556 NE 4th Court, 305-759-3117

The sticky date pudding is on Soyka's menu:

"Since opening in 1999, Soyka has often been credited with sparking the Upper Eastside’s revival. But the 2010 arrival of three Joe Allen veterans as executive chef, pastry chef, and sommelier signaled a culinary revival for the restolounge, always a neighborhood focal point, now more food-focused. The contemporary comfort food menu ranges from fun small plates (deviled eggs with smoked salmon and dill, crisp-fried fiocchi pockets with gorgonzola sauce, oysters Rockefeller) to heftier items like burgers and steak au poivre. And don’t miss the sticky date/toffee pudding"

No luck with any date pudding recipes from any of those restaurants. There are sticky date pudding recipes on the web, but none that fit the description enough for me to recommend one.


Uncle Phaedrus,

Wow, you work really fast! I am familiar with Soyka, I will see if I can speak to the pastry chef next time I go down to Miami. 
Thank you so much for the effort, I will pass the recipe to you if I can get it. I am sure that you and the fellows will love it!

Happy new year!

Lazarus New England Style Ham Loaf & Pineapple Sauce

-----Original Message----- 
From: Emily 
Sent: Friday, January 15, 2016 4:25 PM
Subject: Lazarus recipes

Pineapple sauce.......... Thank you

Hello Emily, If you mean the pineapple sauce that was served with the New England Style Ham Loaf, see below. I found this posted on a message board.


Lazarus New England Style Ham Loaf

2 pounds ground ham
1 pound ground pork
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
3/4 cup milk
2 eggs

Preheat oven to 350º.
Mix pork and ham until well blended.
Add the graham cracker crumbs, milk and eggs.
Mix all ingredients until thoroughly blended.
Place into two greased loaf pans and bake for 1 hour.

Slice and serve with pineapple sauce.

Yield: 10 to 12 servings.

Pineapple Sauce

20 ounce can crushed pineapple
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
Pinch ground cloves

Combine the pineapple, sugar and 3/4 cup of water in a saucepan.
Over medium heat, heat to boiling.
Mix the cornstarch with remaining 1/4 cup of water.
Add cornstarch mixture to the hot pineapple mixture and cook until sauce is 
slightly thickened and becomes clear. 

Rike's Sloppy Joes

-----Original Message----- 
From: Emily 
Sent: Friday, January 15, 2016 12:16 AM
Subject: Lazarus recipes

The coin room sloppy joe

Hello Emily,

Before Lazarus bought out Rike's, "The Coin Room" was part of Rike's. Rike's sloppy joe recipe is here: Tastebook


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