i don’t really know when was it that i happened to fall for this one. have always loved the idea of a date and walnut quick bread. or date pancakes. perhaps date granola bars. you get it.
if you read Enid Blyton as a child like i did, you would delight in this read.
an internet search on a sticky toffee pudding recipe returns endless results. but my search quite ended with this version from the guardian. i think the secret to a good sticky toffee pudding really lies in its toffee sauce. use only dark muscovado sugar and medjool dates for best results. and yes, serve warm! with ice cream, if you must.
175g medjool dates, stoned and roughly chopped
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
300ml boiling water
50g unsalted butter, softened
80g caster sugar
80g dark muscovado sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp baking powder
for the toffee sauce
115g unsalted butter
75g golden caster sugar
40g dark muscovado sugar
140ml double cream
1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C. Butter a deep bottom baking dish.
2. Make the sauce by putting all the ingredients into a pan with a pinch of salt and heating slowly until the butter has melted, then turn up the heat and bring to a boil. Boil for about 4 minutes, until the sauce has thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon. Pour half the sauce into the base of the dish and then put it in the freezer while you make the rest of the pudding.
3. Put the dates and bicarbonate of soda in a heatproof dish and cover with boiling water. Leave to soften while you prepare the rest of the pudding.
4. Beat together the butter and sugar until fluffy, and then beat in the eggs, a little at a time. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and a pinch of salt until well combined, and then add the dates and their soaking water, and the walnuts, and mix well.
5. Take the dish out of the freezer and pour the batter on top of the toffee sauce. Put into the oven for 30 minutes, until firm to the touch, and then take out of the oven.
6. Heat the grill to medium, and poke a few small holes evenly over the surface with a skewer or fork, and then pour over the rest of the sauce. Put briefly under the grill, keeping an eye on it as it can easily burn.
this has really got to be the ultimate stodgy, gooey and unapologetically sweet sticky toffee pudding ever!
restaurants where i thought their version of sticky toffee pudding came, well, close to this! nevertheless, i’m no longer ordering this off a restaurant menu!
the black rabbit, bangalore
the social, bangalore
fenny’s lounge, bangalore