Sticky toffee pudding with caramel sauce
- September 2014
- Serves 9
- Hands-on time 25 min, oven time 50-60 min, plus soaking
This quick sticky toffee pudding makes an impressive dinner party dessert. Serve with ready-made caramel sauce to save time.
- 18.6g (10.3g saturated)
- 44.1g (26g sugars)
- 200g stoned dates, thinly sliced
- ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 75g unsalted butter, softened, plus extra to grease
- 175g light muscovado sugar
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 2 tsp ground mixed spice
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 large free-range eggs
- 225g self-raising flour
- 380ml jar caramel sauce (we used Bonne Maman confiture de caramel, from Waitrose and Ocado, but you can use any good quality caramel sauce)
- Heat the oven to 170°C/fan150°C/ gas 31/2. Put the dates in a bowl with the bicarbonate of soda and 200ml freshly boiled water. Stir and set aside. Cream the butter, sugar and spices together in a large mixing bowl with an electric hand mixer until light and fluffy, then beat in the vanilla extract and eggs, one at a time, mixing well between additions. Don’t worry if the mixture curdles – it will come back together.
- Add the flour, beat well, then pour in the dates and their liquid and mix to make a runny batter. Pour into a buttered 1.6 litre ovenproof dish and bake for 50-60 minutes until the top is golden and firm to the touch, and a skewer pushed into the centre comes out clean.
- Once the pudding is out of the oven, warm the caramel sauce until runny, either in a microwave or saucepan. Poke holes all over the pudding with a skewer, then pour over some of the hot caramel, allowing it to seep into the pudding. Leave to stand for 15 minutes, then cut into squares. Serve with the rest of the warmed sauce drizzled over.
You may not need all the caramel sauce, but it’s good to have extra for pouring.
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