For awhile now I’ve been wanting to try some sticky toffee pudding. My dearest and best friend who has ties to Britain has enticed me with his description of this dessert. I get a bit intimidated whenever I want to bake something that I’ve never tried, since I don’t have a reference to compare it to. But then again most of the things I want to try and eventually do bake are probably something I’ve never tried before!
This dessert is most commonly known as Sticky Toffee Pudding, however I’ve seen it also as Sticky Date Pudding. Dates are the star and most prominent ingredient. The “pudding” is a moist date cake that is soaked and drizzled with toffee sauce. It is very much British in nature and rumor has it that it’s the Duchess of Cambridge’s favorite! I ‘m excited that this post is very timely with the birth of the third in line to the British throne–Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess on their new bundle of joy! Now the waiting game of revealing his name.
I had intended to make some sticky toffee pudding for my friend’s birthday, but never got around to it since the recipe I selected called for Tate and Lyle’s Golden Syrup, which after some research I finally found at Cost Plus World Market. This store is way too dangerous for me since I come out with treasures and goodies I had no intention of buying.
In any case, the best I could do before he went off to the UK and Barcelona to celebrate his birthday was to make a simple galette with his favorite fruits. Oh and a promise to make Sticky Toffee Pudding with him when he returned.
Thinking that I had three weeks before I would make this . . . well let’s just say my generous sister came home with some gorgeous fresh plump organic medjool dates and my three weeks became three days!
The recipe I finally selected is called Sticky Date Pudding from the amazing blog Exclusively Food. I selected this from so many other recipes because it included the ingredients in both weight and volume. Although weight is probably the most ideal in baking, I somehow feel that seeing a recipe in volume is comforting. The other most important criteria was the raving reviews. With so many positive feedback and comments, I was definitely sold. Check out their website and their other awesome recipes-I have my eye on making these Blueberry Friands!
Just look at these dates?! My sister found these plump organic fresh dates that were just gorgeous!
I was quite happy with the results. I thought that the pudding would be overly sweet because of the dates and the toffee sauce, but to my surprise it had a nice pleasant sweetness with some rich caramel overtones. Note that I did use salted butter and this helped balance out the sweetness. The pudding was indeed moist with specks of those beautiful organic medjool dates.
The recipe called for using a springform pan, which I also used. Sticky Toffee Pudding is often served as individual sized portions that can be baked in smaller ramekins. I suppose this recipe could be adapted accordingly. However, I love the way this came out. Such a thing of beauty to photograph. I didn’t want to cut into it. But duty calls . . . just one . . . last . . . look.