We have been obsessed with Sticky Toffee Pudding ever since we first tried it at Gordon Ramsay Steak in Las Vegas! So when our friend and fellow chef contributor, Vanessa (who is from England), asked us which recipes we would like her to help with for the blog, we knew exactly which one we wanted! This Sticky Toffee Pudding with it’s tasty date sponge cake and irresistible toffee sauce will be your next favorite dessert!
Why is it called “pudding?”
If you haven’t ever heard of this dessert then you may be wondering what it is, especially if you aren’t from or familiar with desserts originating in England. This bears no resemblance to “pudding” as it is known in North America. We don’t have to get too detailed here, but generally, a British “pudding” is the term used to refer to a sweet or savory dish, that is either steamed or boiled. Sticky Toffee Pudding was originally steamed, but now they are most often baked. And this Sticky Toffee Pudding is simply an amazing, decadent dessert.
The base of this dessert is a rich dark and dense sponge cake with finely chopped or, in this case, pureed dates. Also, the molasses and brown sugar contributes to its rich and deep flavor profile.
The cake is good on its own, but the sweet toffee sauce makes this dessert extraordinary.
DO NOT SKIP THE SAUCE!
How to serve Sticky Toffee Pudding
Traditionally, Sticky Toffee Pudding is served warm with the sauce drizzled over the top, along with some vanilla ice cream or other custard. But they are often better after a day or so of soaking in the toffee sauce for extra sticky puddings.
If you don’t want to eat your puddings right away, you can drizzle half of the toffee sauce into an oven safe dish and place the cakes on it. Then drizzle the rest of the sauce over the cakes and cover the dish with foil. As the cakes cool, the toffee sauce will soak into them and become sticky, hence the name. Store the dish in the fridge or freeze it, and when you are ready to enjoy them, you can place the whole covered dish in the oven to reheat before serving (see instructions on the recipe card below).
Pro tip: Always keep additional sauce around to serve with the cake to make it extra decadent!
We hope you enjoy this recipe for Sticky Toffee Pudding! If you give it a try, leave us a comment below or tag us on Instagram @cooking_with_wine!
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