Essential Sticky Toffee Pudding

Sticky toffee pudding is a traditional dessert consisting of a rich moist sponge cake made with chopped dates and covered in a toffee sauce.  The British often serve the dish with a vanilla custard or vanilla ice cream.

  • By Kim Collishaw
  • December 12, 2018
Image Author: Culinary Capers

    Ingredients

    Sticky Toffee Pudding

    2 cups dates
    1 cup boiling water
    1 Tbsp baking soda
    2¼ cups all purpose flour
    1 tsp salt
    1 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
    1½ cups granulated sugar
    4 large eggs (room temperature)

    Pour into your prepared pan and bake at 325* for approximately 45 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

    Toffee Sauce
    1 cup unsalted butter
    2 cups packed brown sugar
    1¼ cups cream
    1 tsp vanilla

    Preparation

    Pudding

    Spray desired pan (a 10” deep cake pan or bundt pan).

    Coarsely chop dates. Sprinkle baking soda over dates. Cover with boiling water and stir. Cool.

    Combine butter and sugar in a mixing bowl. Beat until smooth. Add eggs (one at a time) scraping the bowl as you proceed.

    Combine all dry ingredients and add to the butter/sugar mix. Add date mixture and mix until just combined.

    Pour into your prepared pan and bake at 325* for approximately 45 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

     

    Sauce

    Melt the butter  in a heavy pan. Add brown sugar and stir until combined. Bring to a boil. Stir in cream and vanilla.

    Simmer, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened (approximately 5 minutes)
    Cool and store.

    Warm before serving.

    Note: The pudding can be prepared entirely in advance and will keep very well once cooked, lasting five or six days in an airtight box in the fridge or up to three months in the freezer. Before serving, just warm it up in a low oven for about 15 minutes covered (defrost first if it has been frozen).

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