Happy New Year! Our First on the First blogging crew is celebrating with Sticky Toffee Pudding, a classic English dessert comprised of a moist date-filled sponge cake topped with a smooth toffee sauce. British pudding is a hot, baked or steamed dessert, and this one is perfect for the cold winter days ahead of us. It also brings back wonderful memories of visiting London and is a tasty complement for daydreaming about past trips abroad and ones to come. Cheers to a sweet 2014!
For the Cake
- 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup pitted dates, finely chopped
- 1 1/4 cups boiling water
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
For the Sauce
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
For the Topping
- 1 cup heavy cream, whipped
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 10-inch baking dish.
- Combine flour, salt, and baking powder; set aside.
- Finely chop dates and place in a small bowl. Add boiling water and baking soda; set aside.
- In a bowl of stand mixer, beat 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.
- For the toffee sauce, combine butter, heavy cream, vanilla, 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
This recipe was adapted from the Food Network. For more Stick Toffee Puddings, check out the following posts!