Clement Clarke Moore wrote “Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse”; but I gather they would be stirring if they had Sticky Toffee Pudding baking in the oven! This classic British dessert is perfect for this time of year and is personal favorite of Kate’s. A frequent visitor of The Old Boot Inn which is located near the Middleton’s home in Bucklebury, Kate is said to have ordered this frequently. A feature in Celebrate’s “Favorite British Desserts” we sure hope Pippa let her sister be the taste tester!
Sticky Toffee Pudding: (serves 8)
- 3 1/2 oz of chopped dates
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract
- 1 tsp of baking soda
- 2 cups of water
- 2 cups of self-rising flour
- 4 TBS of softened unsalted butter
- 3/4 cup of packed soft light brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup of heavy cream
- 2 TBS of unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
- 3 tsp of chopped fresh ginger (optional; if you want extra spice)
- Preheat the oven to 350 F. Lightly grease a 9 x 10-inch rectangular baking pan.
- Mix the chopped dates with the vanilla extract and baking soda with 2 cups of water.
- In a separate bowl, cream the butter and packed light brown sugar together until pale and fluffy, then gradually beat in the egg
- Sift the flour and gradually add this to the creamed mixture with the pumpkin pie spice and ground cinnamon.
- Add the date mixture and stir to combine.
6. Pour into the baking pan, and bake for 40 minutes until it’s spongy to the touch.
To make the sauce:
- Mix the heavy cream in a pan with the unsalted butter and dark brown sugar. Add the ginger if you like and stir over low heat until the sugar is dissolved.
- Serve the pudding with the sauce poured over followed by a drizzle of cream.
The great thing about this dessert is that you can freeze it for up to a month since it makes many servings. If you are freezing it, I would make the sauce fresh as needed. And there you have it, one of the best desserts I have ever made and I am not exaggerating! The flavors of the brown sugar, pumpkin spice, and cinnamon are to die for, and the warmness of the cake combined with the gooey-ness of the sauce makes both your belly and heart melt.