English Sticky Toffee Pudding

Total Time:
1 hr 5 min
Prep:
20 min
Cook:
45 min
Ingredients
Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 10-inch round or square baking dish. Sift the flour and baking powder onto a sheet of waxed paper. Chop the dates fine. Place in a small bowl and add the boiling water and baking soda; set aside. In a bowl of electric mixer beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla; beat until blended. Gradually beat in the flour mixture. Add the date mixture to the batter and fold until blended with a rubber spatula. Pour into the prepared baking dish. Bake until pudding is set and firm on top, about 35 minutes. Remove from oven to a wire rack. Toffee Sauce: Combine the butter, heavy cream and brown sugar in a small heavy saucepan; heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil gently over medium low heat until mixture is thickened, about 8 minutes. Preheat broiler. Spoon about 1/3 cup of the sauce over the pudding. Spread evenly on top. Place pudding under the broiler until the topping is bubbly, about 1 minute. Serve immediately spooned into dessert bowls. Drizzle with toffee sauce and top with a spoonful of whipped cream.


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This is a great recipe. I have used raisins instead of dates and even apples. My husband loves this dessert. It is very easy to make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Absolutely delicious! Followed the exact recipe. Wouldn't change a thing! Super delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is so delicious, and EASY! Only changed a couple of things, switched out the white sugar with dark brown in the cake, and dark brown sugar in the carmel. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Does ome throw in the water and dates or remove dates from water and add to batter discarding hot water? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Amazing!!!!!! And very easy....a total hit at every dinner party I have served it at! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fantastic! My son and I both have English spouses who pronounced this to be exactly as they remember it. I suspect this will be requested often. Thank goodness it's so easy to make! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great dessert! Next time I think I will buy chopped dates to save on prep time and perhaps just reduce the sugar a tiny bit, since chopped dates have sugar added to them. Also, some reviewers made comments about the dessert being almost too sweet -- take notice that the recipe does not call for sugar to be added to the whipping cream. I wonder if a lot of people are serving full-sugar whipped cream, which is adding to the sweetness factor. I added about 1/2 the amount of sugar that I would normally use to make sweetened whipped cream, and it was just right for me. Also, I used salted butter, and I didn't not think any additional salt was needed. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! I added a little salt to batter as well. Used half and half, didn't have cream on hand. Incredible, we all loved it. Feelin like an accomplished chef right now. Will make again. Must go to the gym, feeling guilty from all the butter and sugar in the sauce....but it was soooo worth it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Tastes great - I steamed it in individual dishes rather than bake. I found the amount of butter in the toffee sauce probably twice what is needed. I dumped half of it off. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was quick and easy but absolutely flavorless. I will not make this again. There are much better recipes on this website. item not reviewed by moderator and published
GR8 recipe! Tweaks to follow: Both batter & sauce could use some salt. Added a pinch of ground cloves w/ flour/baking powder step. Change batter sugar to light brown and sauce sugar to dark brown. Use Medjool dates (my <3 husband pitted and chopped them for me, so I can't comment on how tedious that might have been. Make Sauce 1st, put 1/2 of sauce into bottom of prepared baking dish. Swirl it around dish to coat it evenly then put into freezer while you make the rest of pudding. Set other 1/2 aside to add on top of the pudding once it is baked before broiler step. I Did not reserve any to be drizzled later. "Whipped cream" is a separate topping - should not be added into sauce. It helped balance out the dish. I did not add sugar to the whipped cream. Serving Hot - It makes all the difference - If you prepare the dish earlier you may want to nuke the whole dish for a bit before serving to ensure that all the sugars are melting hot. We served with vanilla ice cream. item not reviewed by moderator and published
According to my 17 year old daughter this is her new favorite dessert...She says it's gooey, yet not too rich with a chewy texture and crunch on the top. I didn't bother with the whipped cream. Also, I used a hand held mixer to puree the dates. Hope it's as good as the one I had at The Haven, in Boston. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was delicious! I served at Christmas dinner and got rave reviews from the family. Some things to note: the 10" cake pan was too big, the cake baked to a height of about 1" and in only 25 minutes rather than the 35 stated. Would have been much better in an 8" pan. Also, when the toffee sauce was made ahead and refrigerated and reheated, the texture changed and was very grainy. This will make about 9 servings. Best if prepared as close to serving as possible. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Perfect recipe. Brought back memories of our trip to Scotland where we had our very first sticky toffee pudding. Made the cake and part of the sauce to soak the cake the day before Christmas. Made more sauce and broiled the top just before serving as Christmas dessert. Heaven on a plate! Nicely serves six to eight. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent recipe! I tasted Sticky Toffee Pudding in England once and this recipe is right on target! I did find chopping dates a very sticky bit of work, but wetting my hands and the blade of a very sharp knife with water every so often made it much easier! I will be making this again for Christmas Day!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is by far the best tasting as well as EASIEST recipe for Sticky Toffee Pudding anywhere!! I have a very large family and do not want to make single servings and I do not want to mash the dates or use corn syrup in the toffee sauce so this recipe comes out ahead for simplicity as well as taste for me. The only thing I do differently is add pecans to the cake batter. I know it may not be *authentic* but I really like the texture of crunchy with the sweet dense cake! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Just took my lovely sticky toffee pudding out of the oven and completed the sauce. This is absolutely heaven in a dish and I've been making this recipe as a Thanksgiving dessert for awhile. My husband raves about it. He thinks the bits of dates are bits of toffee. Since he hates the look of dates and says he would never take a bite of one, I just smile and say "Glad you love it!" It's one of his all time favorite cakes. Even if he has no idea he's actually eating dates!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
If you are looking for an authentic sticky toffee pudding recipe, LOOK NO FURTHER. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for a 2012 Olympic party due to the London location and it was amazing!!! I did like another reviewer suggested and put light brown sugar in place of granulated sugar and dark brown sugar in the sauce in place of light brown sugar. It was delicious, rich and I will definitely be making it again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have had many sticky toffee puddings in England and just had to learn how to make it here in the States. I will say this is very authentic, delicious and decadent. Not one thing would I change. I'm drooling just thinking of it, so may have to make it again soon!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
SOOOOOOO GOOD. I made this as a dessert for a surprise dinner tonight for my husband.Of course I had to try beforehand and OMG this is one of the BEST desserts I have ever tried ( and I've tried ALOT!!! WOW. Great recipe , thanks for sharing!!! Definitely saving this : item not reviewed by moderator and published
Oustanding, blew my family away! Just wonderful flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I found this recipe online after seeing an episode of "The Best Thing I Ever Ate," and after rave reviews from my family at Christmas dinner, I modified the recipe ever so slightly by adding flour to make the cake a little sturdier for mini cupcakes. I filled the cupcakes with the toffee sauce, topped them with a Swiss meringue vanilla butter cream frosting, and won first prize AND bakers' choice award in a cupcake competition! Although I wonder if I can improve on perfection, the next batch will have salted chopped pecans sprinkled on top as another reviewer suggested. This is one of the best dessert recipes I have ever made! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Had a SMALL portion of sticky toffee pudding in a very nice restaurant for lunch the other day and HAD to let my husband try it. I searched for a recipe and found this one had the highest reviews. Definitely not the easiest dessert you'll ever make (I'm more of a cook than baker, but it's definitely delicious!!!! My husband who isn't even as big a fan of desserts as I am, is in the kitchen getting seconds! YAY - so worth the effort. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The reviews are spot on. Simple to make and everyone thought it was great. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I fell in love with the Haagen Dazs sticky toffee pudding ice cream flavor and then they took it off the shelf. SInce then, I have seized every opportunity to order it when a restaurant offers it. I was so pleased to find this recipe when I did a search. I followed the recipe to the letter and it came out perfect. It was super easy and a hit! item not reviewed by moderator and published
One great addition is to add coffee (or use in place of to the water that the dates are soaked in. It gives a depth of flavor that works well in this dish. I discovered STP while on holiday in Scotland and this is a great recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is one of my favorite recipes ever! This was easy to make and so good, my family loved it also. I served mine with a bourbon whipped cream. When I make this again I am also going to try sprinkling some salted chopped pecans on for serving. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this exactly by the recipe and wouldn't change a thing. This was the hit of my holiday dinner! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yummy! I made this for my co-workers and everyone liked it. I know that this pudding is sweet, so I only drizzle the sauce maybe 1/4 worth of the sauce and save the leftover as a side. Also, I used raisins as I do not have any dates when I made it. Super moist! This recipe for keepers, thanks much!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
its my go to dessert! love it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My wife made this over the weekend. It was one of the best, if not the best dessert I have ever had. Highly recommend it!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wow, Wow and Wow!!! Need I say more? I messed up with the baking powder and baking soda and didn't make the whipped cream, and nevertheless, absolutely DELICIOUS!! You must make and,.....supposedly Kate Middleton's favorite dessert. Now I see/taste why! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious as promised. I opted for salted butter, tastes great. Will make again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
DELICIOUS!! This is a great dessert. I was under the impression that it has to be served warm or straight from the oven. It is still delicious when cool or the next day. I will be making this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
There was a Famous Ice Cream made w/Sticky Toffee Pudding in Vanilla Ice Cream.Do a "work in" w/softened "World's Best Vanilla" ice cream and allow to "set up" again~DELICIOUS! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I lived in England for 3.5 years and sticky toffee pudding quickly became my favorite dessert over there. I wanted to make it myself and have had trouble finding a good recipe. This is the best recipe I have found for making it myself...very authentic. I feel like I'm eating a Cartmel's pudding. I don't use any othe rrecipe. I make it for all holidays and everyone loves it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I didn't give this 5 stars, because I almost never give perfect scores. But this was relatively easy to make, not expensive to make, did not take very long, and was very tasty. I was skeptical about the glowing reviews, but this was very good. Highly recommended. If this is indeed Catherine Middleton's favourite dessert, I can see why. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made this decadent dessert more than once and each time it is absolutely delicious. I would consider this recipe a "no fail" WINNER!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this for the dessert part of a St. Patrick's day dinner, and it was a big hit! I doubled the recipe, using 2 10" springform pans. I used unsalted butter, as written, but added salt to the cake and to the caramel, which I think is important for flavor. I also used dark brown sugar for the caramel. Served with whiskey whipped cream. Several people said it was one of the best desserts they'd ever had. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was an amazing recipe. Very moist and makes you keep wanting to eat more. All of my guests went for seconds! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I thought this sounded good, but I figured the reviewers were overstating just how good it was. Then I made this for my husband and 8 friends... one of them was going for seconds before I got my first serving! They all wanted the recipe and asked if I would make it again tomorrow. I'd say that's a home run. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was absolutely AMAZINGGGG!!!!! I followed it exactly as instructed above, only I used dark brown sugar for the sauce instead of light brown sugar. I truly cannot WAIT to make this for people again. This is an absolutely delicious dessert and is sure to impress! Just make sure you make enough because everyone will want 2nds and 3rds!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
So, so good. The pudding is soft and warm when you cut into it and the toffee sauce glaze on top just adds a little something extra to the already moist bread. I introduced this to my mom and she has been making it and claiming it as one of her signature desserts ever since. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is my new favorite dessert. SO decadent. I'll be making this many, many times! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This needs to be served hot. It is a traditional English dessert and this recipe is very delicious. For the women who said it turned out dense and light brown and tosses it out - that is how it is supposed to be. Its a very sticky moist dense cake. The topping all should not separate and should be easily reheatable in the microwave. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The sauce made this recipe. And don't get me wrong, the sauce is good (how could it NOT be...cream, butter, brown sugar), but the cake had such little flavor on its own. And I even added 1/2 tsp salt to the batter. I'm going to have to try another recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Sorry, I'm a "Salted Butter" gal! I used salted in the cake (and I'm glad that I did). I used unsalted in the sauce and it tasted "empty". I added about 1/8 tea salt and it made ALL the difference! I will use salted butter the next time that I make it. Sure, you can't use salted in everything but I associate toffee flavors with that salty/sweet flavor that you get with salted butter. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wow. I've traveled to England several times and sticky toffee pudding is my very favorite indulgence when I am there. This is most definitely the best I've ever had! I was nervous while making it because I wasn't sure of consistency, etc, but I did exactly as told and it turned out beautifully! Now the bigger test is to see if my English husband agrees with me! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for St. Patrick's Day. My family loved it so much, they asked me to make it again a couple of days later. It's become an instant favorite, and the standard against which other desserts are measured :-). item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this in a couple of those six portioned mini-bundt pan silcone (muffin) pans. Just adjusted the cooking time as needed till done. Plopped them out and made the nice sauce. The sauce was perfect at completion ~ but I let it sit for awhile and it completely separated into a fat layer of melted butter and a fat layer of caramel. I read on-line that you can resurrect a broken caramel sauce this way: by re-heating it later on with a bit of hot heavy cream. I did this ~ the next day ~ scooped the whole mess into a heavy bottomed saucepan, added a wee bit of hot heavy cream and whisked and heated it altogether ~ this worked beautifully and from then on the sauce "stayed together" even for days later with additional reheating. For service I simply nuked the cute little cakes ~ and added the warm toffee sauce over the top.....absolutely delicious. As I was only doing it as a recipe taste test ~ I never made the whipped cream. My friend who tested my dessert said, "THIS is what I want for you to make on my birthday, for my birthday -- forever -- don't change a thing -- this is perfection in a dessert" Well of course you have to love that kind of honest commentary LOL! It's really cool to know you have this nifty dessert trick up your sleeve if you want something super simple....that might well be the best dessert someone has ever eaten ;-) item not reviewed by moderator and published
Just a perfect dessert. To contrast the toffee sauce, I crushed some pasticcios on top and served with some segmented orange. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Just made this recipe for the Christmas holiday...and the dessert was simply incredible! Took the suggestion from others to replace the white sugar in the cake with light brown sugar and to replace the light brown sugar in the toffee topping with dark brown sugar which resulted in a STP that reminded me of the one I had in London. To enhance the whipped cream topping I followed Alton Brown's recipe of adding two tablespoons of white sugar (along with a teaspoon of vanilla as suggested by others) to just slightly sweeten it. Another hint to making the whipped cream-place the bowl and the beaters in the freezer before hand to completely chill them. From now on this STP will now be served during all of our Christmas dinners. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just made this recipe for Sticky Toffee Pudding and it is excellent. Living in NYC we have a few good options for STP (Schillers, Dublins, Tea and Sympathy). Now we have found this and I am just as happy! However, I've been trying to find something that matches the many versions I have had in the UK. The only change I made to the recipe was to use dark brown sugar for the toffee sauce instead of light (because that is what i had on hand). Those in my family who had never had it before were very impressed and my wife agrees that it is great. i am a bit suspect of their enthusiasm though as I think they are just bolstering my cooking confidence so I cook more instead of them. Many thanks for posting this. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We originally had sticky toffee pudding in London about 8 years ago. It was a big hit with our family and we have used this recipe over and over again. I also keep the pudding in the pan and pour the sauce over and then broil. I serve with vanilla bean ice cream and extra caramel sauce. This is a real winner! We travelled back to the same restaurant where we discovered sticky toffee pudding, and I can honestly say that mine was better! Great dinner party recipe, too. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The only reason I tried it is because I am in love with Johnny Depp and heard he loves it, so I was like "What the Heck!" I was a little nervous because I have never had dates, but it was love at first bite! Loved it almost as much as I love Johnny! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I fell in love with the ice cream so I wanted to try the real thing. My cake part was light gold and dense. I threw it away. Maybe i'll try the other cake recipe and see if there is a difference. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Replace the white sugar with light brown sugar and add 1 tsp of cinnamon - it will taste just like the Haagen Daz flavor!! Super yummy! I used a dark pan so I reduced the cooking time to 23-24 minutes item not reviewed by moderator and published
I must say this is the best pudding ever...My husbend and I tryed sticky Pudding in a restrant in California and fell in love with it! We asked for the recipe and our waitress said sorry it's a secrete! NOT ANY MORE....HA HA..... We love to serve it in a little bath of half and half and drizzle extra toffie sauce over the top.....YUMMM......It's all most that time of year again..... item not reviewed by moderator and published
this is the MOST gorgeous sticky toffee pudding i have ever had. i had never made one before but had them in several pubs and restaurants all around england. my husband said this was better than any one we have ever had in a restaurant !! the dates give the cake such a delicate flavour while the toffee sauce adds just the right moisture and texture to the cake. i use brown sugar in the cake recipie and use dark brown sugar for the toffee sauce -- also i don't remove the cake after baking and put on a wire rack, i just leave it in the pan while the toffee sauce is bubbling and poke holes in the cake with a toothpick so that the sauce really sinks into the cake once i put it back into the oven. ** THIS MAKES YOU FORGET ANY OTHER DESSERT YOU HAVE HAD :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love this recipe. Easy and amazingly delicious (just like restaurant toffee pudding) I was nervous when I was finished because the batter seemed running, but it baked perfectly. Poked many holes in the done cake before pouring the toffee sauce on top to get toffee more incorporated into the cake before serving. Enjoy this recipe, it won't disappoint! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for my sweetie on Valentine's Day and we both went crazy! If I ordered this in a restaurant I might have screamed with delight! It is so good warm! I have never made sticky pudding before and didn't even know it had dates in it! Very easy directions to follow and I didn't change a thing! Thanks for a 5 star recipe to add to my repertoire! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This dessert was a hit with everyone who tried it. This is now one of my favorite desserts! It is very moist and tasty! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I didn't love the cake for this recipe, but the sauce was great. In the future, I am going to use the cake recipe from Gale Gand and the Toffee Sauce recipe from here. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yum - as good as any I've had in restaurants. Easy to make and impresses the dinner guests! The caramel sauce is decadent - I scaled back slightly on the butter and it was still delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was surprised with the result, the pudding was tasty, although someone advised me to first keep dates in boiling water and then add the backing soda just before adding them to the mixture!! the more dates the tastier .... good luck and happy eating item not reviewed by moderator and published

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