Sticky Toffee Pudding

Total Time:
1 hr 30 min
1 hr 30 min

Serves 6 to 8

  • For the pudding:
  • 2 1/4 cups pitted dates
  • 3/4 cup dark spiced rum
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 cups packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for the baking dish
  • 3 large eggs
  • For the toffee sauce:
  • 1 1/2 pounds (6 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 3 cups packed dark or light brown sugar
  • 1 cup brandy
  • Whipped cream (optional)
For the cake:
  • Preheat the oven to 350degreesF. and butter a 9 x 13-inch baking dish.

  • In a small saucepan, combine the dates, rum, and 3/4 cup water. Bring the liquid to a boil, reduce to a simmer (BTB, RTS ), and cook for 5 to 7 minutes.

  • Remove the pan from the heat, add the vanilla, and let the liquid cool. Puree the mixture in a food processor until smooth, and reserve.

  • Sift the flour, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder into a medium bowl.

  • Combine the brown sugar and butter in a large mixing bowl and beat until homogeneous. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Gently stir the flour mixture into the butter-sugar in thirds. Stir in the reserved date puree.

  • Transfer the batter to the prepared baking dish and bake for 35 minutes or until set in the middle. Let cool for about 10 minutes.

  • For the toffee sauce:

  • While the pudding is baking, combine the butter, brown sugar, brandy, and 1/2 cup water in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer (BTB, RTS), whisking frequently. Cook over medium heat until the mixture thickens to a sauce consistency, about 15 minutes.

  • To finish the pudding:

  • Using a skewer or chopstick, poke holes in the pudding every inch or so.

  • Pour half the toffee sauce over the cake and let it soak in for at least 20 minutes.

  • Serve the pudding in a warm pool of the remaining sauce. Garnish with whipped cream if desired.

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