First on the First: Sticky Toffee Pudding

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!

12 responses

  1. A sensational dessert that I was lucky enough to enjoy straight from the oven. Loved the fresh whipped cream and warm sauce that accompanied it. In short, on a scale of 1-10, your Sticky Toffee Pudding was an 11!

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