Just the name 'Sticky Toffee Pudding' is enough to make your mouth water! Find out how to make this traditional British dessert.
In Britain, Sticky Toffee Pudding is a classic school pudding, loved by children and fondly remembered by adults. It tastes every bit as wonderful as its name suggests - rich and sweet, particularly when served with the classic accompaniment of a luscious toffee sauce!
Despite its popularity as a British school pudding, Sticky Toffee Pudding was actually invented as recently as 1970, by a chef named Francis Coulson. Stranger still, it's not really British, because the chef had adapted a recipe given to him by someone else - a recipe that turned out to be Canadian!
Nevertheless, its reputation as a classic British dessert persists and it's commonly eaten throughout the UK, particularly in restaurants where it has recently made a comeback!
Sticky Toffee Pudding is a little different to British puddings like Treacle Sponge, because the batter used to create it is much thinner. Also, its sweetness comes from dates, which make it luxuriously sticky without being too heavy.
This recipe lends itself well to a few variations. For instance, it tastes great with a little spice (try nutmeg, cinnamon or cloves).
If you find the sweet-on-sweet of the toffee sponge and toffee sauce a little too overpowering, you can try serving it with a fruity sauce instead!
Alternatively, serve the sponge with cream, ice-cream or English custard. Or - to make it more of a luxurious treat - top it with a scoop of clotted cream instead. Yum!
You can also try adding chopped nuts to the recipe, or using them to top the pudding. Walnuts or pecans work well.