14 January 2010

Sticky Toffee Goodness!

A couple of months ago, my hubby and I went on our second honeymoon. We spent a couple days in Paris and then spent almost a week in Scotland. I'll be honest, Paris is absolutely gorgeous, and I'll definitely go back in the future, but Scotland is where I want to live. I was almost in tears having to come home. One of my favorite things that I ate while in the land of thistle and heather was Stocky Toffee Pudding.

It's another one of those "don't let the name fool you" kind of recipes. Puddings in the UK are actually more like a cake. This one is topped with an amazing caramel sauce. I also wanted to try and get it as close to the one I had by serving it with custard (I almost had a major FAIL on my hands when I accidentally boiled it while trying to get it into an ice bath; I rescued it with my food processor though). I got the recipe for the pudding off of All Recipes and the recipe for the custard from Better Homes and Gardens via Tastebook. Anne and Honey Mim, this one is for you!


Sticky Toffee Pudding
Recipe from All Recipes, adapted by me

1 3/4 cups dates, pitted and chopped (I used raisins since I forgot to pick up dates)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup boiling water to cover
1/3 cup butter
3/4 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 1/8 cups self-rising flour
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 stick and 1 Tbs butter, cut into chunks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a small bowl combine the dates and baking soda. Pour enough boiling water over the dates to just cover them. Allow to cool.
  3. Cream the butter with the white sugar until light. Beat in the eggs and mix well to combine. Add the flour and date mixture (including water) to the egg mixture and fold to combine.
  4. Pour the batter into one 8 inch round baking pan (I used a square instead). Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 to 40 minutes. Let cool, slice and serve with warm caramel sauce.
  5. To Make Caramel Sauce: In a small saucepan combine the brown sugar and heavy cream. Heat on medium heat until the sugar is dissolved; do not allow to boil. Remove from heat and add the butter and vanilla. Stir until the butter is thoroughly melted. Use immediately (I out about 1/2 cup of the caramel sauce on the cake straight from the oven after poking holes all over the top for extra sticky goodness).

Stirred Custard
Recipe from Better Homes and Gardens

5 egg yolks, beaten

1-1/2 cups milk
1/4 cup sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  1. In a  heavy medium-sized pot use a wooden spoon and stir together egg yolks, milk, and sugar.
  2. Cook and stir continuously with the wooden spoon over medium heat until mixture just coats the back of a clean metal spoon (temp should be 160F on a candy thermometer; do not allow to boil; also, don't rush this step or it will curdle). Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
  3. Quickly cool custard by placing the saucepan in a large bowl of ice water for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Pour mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a clean bowl. Place plastic wrap directly on top of the custard to prevent a skin from forming. Chill for at least two hours before serving.


Sharon's Mum Anne said...

That looks good and just the pud for our cold snowy days. I hadn't heard of it with chilled custard that must be the Scottish way maybe? This is what I call a boy's pudding along with spotted dick, jam rolypoly and all those other "stick to the ribs" desserts that men seem to love.

Kris said...

this looks yummy!

Honey Mim said...

Why don't you ever tell me when you're making this stuff?? I want to EAT it, not just look at photos of it. Hope it was as good as it looks.

Sunshine said...

Anne - I'm not sure, but it might be the Scottish way. I'll never eat it another way again, it's just that good.

Kris - Thanks for stopping by!

Honey Mim - I still have some left if you want to come over and eat it.