Sticky Toffee Pudding

A cakey food for the gods drenched with warm, gooey sauce. Drool!

July 2010 | By
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July 2010

A cakey version food for the gods drenched with warm, gooey sauce. Drool!

You can bake these babies in a toaster oven—just make sure you use one with a thermostat and take care not to overcrowd the tray. Try to space them about two inches apart to give them room to bake evenly.

Yield 12 small cakes 
Prep Time
15 minutes 
Baking Time
12 to 15 minutes

1 1/4 cups dates                                     
1 cup boiling water                                     
1 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
4 large eggs                                        
1 teaspoon vanilla extract                   
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup buttermilk
      (No buttermilk? Use plain yogurt or sour cream instead)

For the pudding sauce
3/4 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup heavy cream


Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease pudding molds. (Learn how to grease a pan here)

In a bowl, steep dates in 1 cup boiling water for 5 minutes. Drain and reserve 1/4 cup of the water. Pulse dates in a food processor until roughly chopped.

In a medium saucepan, melt together butter and sugar on medium heat.

Remove from heat and mix in eggs one at a time.

Mix in vanilla extract and dates.

In a separate bowl, whisk together all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Gradually add in to batter. Add the buttermilk, mixing until combined.

Transfer batter to pudding molds and bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until cake tester inserted into one of the molds comes out clean.

8  Make the pudding sauce: In a saucepan over low heat, combine butter, brown sugar, and heavy cream, stirring constantly until smooth and slightly thickened. Spoon over pudding. Serve individually on dessert plates with more sauce.

Saucy tip: 
What makes this dessert so yummy? The sauce. So make sure to use good quality butter and cream. For an added crunch, you can add some chopped nuts to the batter, about 1/2 to 1 cup (walnuts work really well here). When you want to indulge a little, you can serve each pudding with a scoop of ice cream.

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