This is a very traditional English dessert and there is is reason it is a tradition because it is amazing! Now as most people know, pudding in England or Scotland just means dessert so this is a specific pudding served for Christmas dinner. It is a spongy cake made with sugar, sugar, sugar and dates:) and then it is topped with a rich brandy or scotch toffee syrup. It is truly one of the best parts of Christmas dinner. It is rich, sweet, salty everything you want in a holiday dessert. 

You can make this in individual portions using a muffin tin or ramekins or you can make a large cake in a 9″x13″ baking dish or use a bunt cake pan.  This recipe is for individual cakes.  If you choose the other methods you will need to adjust the bake time.  


Sticky Toffee Pudding

Makes 12 servings

6 oz chopped and pitted dried dates
1 cup water
3 Earl Grey tea bags
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup butter, room temperature
2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 medium eggs
2 Tablespoons molasses
1 1/2 tablespoon dark corn syrup
1 cup + 2 Tablespoons all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder

Toffee Sauce:
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup rum or brandy
1/4 firmly packed brown sugar
4 teaspoons vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350°

Grease and flour a muffin tin.

Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan.  Turn off heat and steep tea bags for about 5 minutes.  Remove tea bags and set tea water aside

In a food processor, blend dates, tea water and baking soda until a thin batter is formed. Set aside.

In a large bowl, using a hand mixer, cream together butter, brown sugar and vanilla extract.  

Add one egg at a time to the butter mixture.  

Add molasses and dark corn syrup to butter mixture and beat well.

In a medium bowl, sift flour and baking powder.

Slowly add flour mixture to butter mixture mixing well until a batter is formed. 

Add in the date mixture to the batter and mix well using a spatula.  

Pour batter into prepared muffin tin filling each cup half way.

Bake for 18-20 minutes until the center is set.  Allow to cool for 10 minutes. 

Toffee Sauce:

Bring all ingredients to a boil and whisk every now and then for about 15 minutes or until the sauce is slightly thickened. 

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