Sticky toffee pudding..sticky toffee pudding, sticky toffee pudding…
I like the way these words sound when you say it over and over. The first time I heard about sticky toffee pudding was from a food network show, SCOOP!; it’s a contest for a new flavor of Hagen Dazs ice cream. I only caught the last part of that series, where only 3 contestants were left and of course the winner was ..you guessed it, sticky toffee pudding ( all three finalists sound and look equally delicious to me, though).
I’ve never heard of this pudding before but it sounds delicious to me, so I immediately went online to search for a good recipe. I found lots, but I settled for this one from BBC Food because it seemed easy enough but I never get to making it until, well, just last week.
The only hard part here is converting the measurements of ingredients.
I baked mine in mini-fluted pans that I recently purchased and I added grated chocolate to the toffee sauce, I can’t help it, I must have chocolates, it still tasted like toffee though..
I didn’t change anything else in the recipe.. I also already included the conversion and a substitution so you won’t have to search for it any more.
So without further ado, here’s the recipe for…
- 200g (7 ounces) dried dates , stoned and chopped. Buy Medjool if you can
- 250ml (1 cup) black tea (not too strong) ( I used darjeeling black tea)
- ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda (it's actually baking soda)
- 85g (3 ounces) unsalted butter , softened
- 175g (6 ounces) self-raising flour *
- 1 tsp mixed spice
- 175g ( 6 ounces) golden caster sugar
- 2 eggs , beaten
- FOR THE TOFFEE SAUCE
- 100g (3.5 ounces) light muscovado sugar
- 100g (3.5 ounces) unsalted butter
- 142ml carton double cream
- * 2 ounces grated bittersweet chocolate (optional)
- Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4.
- Put the dates and tea in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Cook for 3-4 minutes to soften the dates. Stir in the bicarbonate of soda.
- Beat the butter and caster sugar together with electric beaters until pale and creamy, then beat in the egg, flour and mixed spice.
- Fold in the date mixture and pour into a buttered ovenproof dish or brownie tin.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the top is just firm to touch.
- Meanwhile, make the sauce by putting the sugar, butter and cream in a pan over a low heat and simmer until the sugar has dissolved. Cook until the sauce is a lovely toffee colour.
- * If using, add grated chocolates, stir until chocolates are melted.
- Cut the pudding into squares and serve with the warm sauce and a scoop of vanilla ice cream ( you don't really need this)