Had friends over for lunch today and thought I'd try something new. Having never made sticky toffee pudding even though it is hubby's fav, I decided to give it a go and WOWWW!!! It is soo simple and SOOO delicious! (if I seem a little over excited the sugar is still taking effect!)
So here it is
150g dates, stoned and chopped small
250ml boiling water
1 tsp bicarb of soda
60g caster sugar
150g SR flour
Preheat oven to 180°C
In a bowl, mix dates with bicarb and add the boiling water; leave to soak for at least 10 mins
In another bowl cream the eggs and sugar, then add the eggs and the flour.
Finally add the date mixture water and all
Pour into a 20clm square tin and bake for around 30 - 40 mins or until cooked
Whilst it cooks, make the sauce
400g soft brown sugar
a vanilla pod
250ml double cream
Melt the butter, add the other ingredients and bring to the boil. Simmer for around 5 mins until thickened
Once the cake is done, pierce it all over and pour some of the sauce over it, so it soaks in.
Serve with the remaining toffee sauce and cream if wished
MMMMMMM! (speed gained from the resulting sugar rush!!)
I'm always amazed that I like sticky toffee pudding, as I hate really sweet sickly deserts etc. Banoffee pie- ugh! I have a friend who used to supply Fortnum & Masons with his homemade sticky toffee pudding. It was a joy to eat. I will not be making it however as it is lethal and I can't tell you the last time I ate it
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We add chopped pecans (or walnuts) to our sauce - a la Delia:
TA, you must try it - yes it does sound overly sugary, but it's one of those things that is so more-ish .....
With banoffee pie - it does depend on the recipe - with plenty of bananas (good for you), it isn't too sweet .
My son cooked a recipe this weekend, from Jamie Oliver - Hotcross bun-and-butter pudding:
........ just another idea!
Banoffie pie with sour cream or coffee flavoured topping of some description works well and counteracts the sweetness. I love desserts of all kinds - my downfall I am afraid. I would rather do without a starter so that I can make room for a dessert . Thanks for the toffee pudding recipe, hopefully give it a try soon
Toffeeapple said:BS, your son is getting adventurous. Bread and Butter Pudding is one of my favourite things to make if providing dessert at friends' homes. I use a recipe by the late Michael Smith, does anyone remember him?
I don't remember Michael Smith - was he a TV chef?
TA, my son is always trying out new recipes, especially if they have chocolate in them - and when they are successful, he sends a copy to me!
He would make someone a good wife !!!!!!!!!!
Bread and butter pudding is such a comfort food, always acceptable.
I remember Michael Smith- in fact he was the father of a friend of mine and one of my fondest memories from my teenage years is staying overnight with them one weekend, he was a lovely man. At the time he wasn't that well known "down South'- he used to live in Leeds and had a tv programme on Yorkshire TV, but he had just moved down to London and my chum was visiting him and asked me along too. The food was, needless to say, a delight! His "English Cookery' recipe book is excellent, one of my treasured recipe books.The decorations in his house were amazing- this was back in about 1971, when people didn't decorate their houses they way they do now. We girls were busy painting sets for the National Youth Theatre during the Summer holidays and arrived very late on the Saturday night, filthy dirty ... I remember the beautiful bathroom, all "new" victorian plumbing, big mirrors and swags of opulent fabric and the two of us soaking in the big bath and then swaddled in really big bathrobes. We weren't hungry as we had got a lift to his house with his partner who worked in Robert Carrier's restaraunt, we had gone there to meet him at closing time and he fed us all the left-overs....it was a really fabulous weekend!
At the time, being a teenager, it didn't sink in how lucky I was - I know now!
I adore sticky toffee pudding! Never have made it myself. Thanks Shelley!
What a lovely story, Kate.
Reminds me of the time, not so many years ago, that Fiona and I went to Rome for a long weekend. One evening, we found a really good restaurant and ate outside by the street. After the meal, the owner came outside to smoke a cigarette. Gathering together my fledgling Italiano and a bit of courage, I thanked him for the really great meal we had enjoyed. He went back inside and returned with all the leftover dessert dishes.
Wow! They were fantasic. He chatted with us (at my beginner Italiano level) for 20 minutes. A real gentleman. That was the highlight of our trip.
We adore Italy.
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