Sticky toffee pudding
Gooey, sweet and deliciously spongey, sticky toffee is the king of puddings. Ours is great hot or cold and goes perfectly with ice cream.
- 200g dried dates, stoned and chopped
- 250ml black tea
- ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 85g softened unsalted butter
- 175g self-raising flour
- 1 tsp mixed spice
- 175g golden caster sugar
- 2 eggs, beaten
- For the toffee sauce:
- 100g light muscovado sugar
- 100g unsalted butter
- 140ml carton double cream
Heat the oven to 180°C/fan 160°C/gas 4.
Put the dates and tea in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Cook for 3 - 4 minutes to soften the dates.
Stir in the bicarbonate of soda.
Beat the butter and caster sugar together until pale and creamy, then beat in the egg, flour and mixed spice.
Fold in the date mixture and pour into a buttered ovenproof dish or brownie tin.
Bake for 30 - 35 minutes or until the top is just firm to touch.
Meanwhile, make the toffee sauce by putting the sugar, butter and cream in a pan over a low heat and simmer until the sugar has dissolved.
Cook until the sauce is a lovely toffee colour.
Cut the pudding into squares and serve with the warm sauce and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.