For hammering out indecision
This Sticky Toffee Pudding is Jaw-breakingly good! Packed with sticky dates and smothered in a velvety sauce it will undoubtedly set your teeth on edge, bounce you into sugar rush central, place you back on earth with a sticky smile on your face and hopefully help you hammer out any indecision.
It’s blowing a gale outside, and I’m stuck with some turbulent, job related decision making. I’ve never been a fan of toxic environments, where people tear each other down rather than supporting each other and building something up. I needed something to smash through my indecision, help me put things into perspective and to break the problems down into bite-size pieces. What better than this glorious British favourite to help cut through the crap.
Best eaten in your favourite armchair, in front of a windswept window on a cold autumn afternoon. Feet up, phone off, thinking cap firmly in place!
- For the pudding
- 200g fresh pitted dates
- 90g softened butter
- 170g dark brown sugar
- 1 tbsp golden syrup
- 2 tbsp black treacle
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 200g self-raising flour
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- For the sauce
- 200ml double cream\80g butter
- 80g dark soft brown sugar
- 4 tbsp black treacle
- 2 tbsp golden syrup
- Preheat the oven to 200oc and grease 8 x 150ml dariole moulds.
- I have also been known to use 2 x large foil take away trays to make loaf style pudding, this is a great option if you want to freeze half!
- Place the dates and 300ml water in a pan and bring to the boil
- Whisk the butter and sugar until fluffy
- Gradually add the syrup, treacle, vanilla extract and the eggs to the mixture
- Then add the self-raising flour and mix well until all is combined
- Using a blender, puree the date & hot water mix, add the bicarbonate of soda
- Quickly add this to the egg and flour mix, stirring to combine
- Fill the moulds, bake in the oven for 20-25 mins, if using the foil trays, it will need an extra 7-10 mins - check the top is firm to touch before removing
- For the sauce
- Place all the ingredients in the pan and bring to the boil
- Simmer for 3-4 mins until glossy
- Remove the puddings from the moulds/ portion pudding and pour the sauce over the top
- Serve with clotted cream, ice cream or eat it just as it comes!
- Sugar rush- jaw-breakingly delicious!