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September 26, 2010

Decadent Sticky Toffee Pudding

Hands up who has never tasted or loved Sticky Toffee Pudding. It is one of those divine winter baked desserts that just fill the spot on a chilly wintry day. And on a hot summer night served with a big scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream it is just as delicious! Served with dollops of cream, creme fraiche, custard, vanilla ice cream or whatever takes your fancy…..sticky toffee pudding is rated up there with Malva pudding, Cape Brandy pudding, Vinegar pudding, Ginger pudding….those fabulous South African stalwarts that have stood the test of time. There is a new challenge up over at JustChef’s Blog which made me quite excited when I read about it. Fact is, I can afford to buy the Fresh Living Magazine and it really is a great buy. I enjoy sitting down and reading it the evening after I have done my grocery shopping at Pick ‘n Pay I enjoy looking at the recipes and reading the ingredients but, most times, I never get around to making those that appeal to me so the idea from JustChef to issue a twice a month challenge of a recipe from the current months issue of Fresh Living is really a great idea and one that I am so happy to participate in. Well done JustChef for thinking that one up. I am most impressed. The selector of the recipe to be challenged is Mr JustChef…a man with a sweet tooth (just like me) so the first challenge issued was for the amazing sounding Decadent Sticky Toffee Puddings on Page 67 of  the September Issue of the magazine.

Photo borrowed from JustChef

I decided that I would bake the pudding for National Braai Day seeing as there would be lots of family around to polish off the pud…..otherwise my LowGI eating plan flies out the window yet again!! Method in my madness hey? I carted the last 4 squares of the pudding over to the neighbors yesterday afternoon as the matriarch of the family was having a birthday! So I don’t have anymore to entice me back into the kitchen every hour or so hehe!

I found the recipe easy to follow and an absolute delight on the tastebuds. Only thing I changed a bit was that I made 1 1/2 times the recipe of the sticky toffee sauce (and I used some Molasses to make mine) because I like to serve the warm pud with some extra warm toffee sauce on the side with double thick cream. YUMMY!!!


250g Fresh Dates, depipped

5ml Bicarbonate of Soda

85g Softened Butter

170g Castor Sugar

2 XL Eggs

170g Self Raising Flour

¼ tsp Ground Mixed Spice

¼ tsp Cinnamon

1/2 tsp Salt (my own addition because I like salt in my baking)

30ml Bulgarian Yoghurt

For the Toffee Sauce:

115g Butter

115 Muscovado Sugar (I used 1/2 Treacle Sugar and 1/2  Molasses)

150mls Fresh Cream


Preheat the oven to 180˚ Celsius

Butter a medium sized ovenproof dish (I used a rectangular one) or 6 to 8 ramekin dishes

Place the dates into a bowl with the bicarb and cover with 200mls boiling water

Leave to stand until soft, then drain and blend into a purée (I used my handheld stick blender for this)

Whisk the eggs and the sugar until thick and pale

Melt the butter and pour it slowly into the thick egg mixture while beating

Sift together the dry ingredients then fold into the egg mixture

(I added the zest from an orange at this stage)

Fold in the yoghurt and the pureéd dates

Pour into prepared dish or ramekins and bake for 35 to 40 minutes

While the pudding is baking place the butter, sugar and cream for the sauce into a saucepan

Boil gently over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved and a thick, dark sauce has formed

Remove the pudding from the oven and poke all over with a skewer to make some holes

Pour on the sauce (I made extra and reserved some for serving on the side in a little jug)

Serve with ice cream, clotted cream, thick vanilla custard or créme frâiche (I prefer the créme frâiche)

Divine Sticky Toffee Pudding


browniegirl xx 

33 Comments leave one →
  1. September 26, 2010 5:25 PM

    A helping of that would go down so well right now! We’ve gone from a hot, windless day to an overcast chilly afternoon complete with gale force winds.

    • September 26, 2010 5:58 PM

      Ooooh its chilly here too Halfy. and wet!!! I could do with some of this again now too hehe. Blame your weather on Supagran…she took Himself on a highly successful clothes shopping trip LOL!! Big hugs to you all xx

  2. September 26, 2010 5:53 PM

    I have to be honest…if I had not seen a photo of this dessert accompanying the recipe, would have probably NEVER tried it. The whole pudding thing.

    But did, made it for Christmas several years back and now it’s a much anticipated holiday dessert. I mean dates and caramel sauce alone would get me interested.

    Would be a lovely dessert for more than a holiday…now why have I never considered that?

    • September 26, 2010 5:56 PM

      I am so glad that you did get to see a photo and fell in love with this dessert Barb. Its just fabulous and so easy to make. And yes its good for any time of year, just for no reason at all other than needing a bit of sweet comfort. Hugs and thanx for the visit. Im just reading your spiked apple crisp now hehe :o) xx

  3. Debra permalink
    September 26, 2010 5:54 PM

    I love the Fresh Living magazine and make something out of it from time to time! OH and how I love Sticky Toffee Pudding, but I’ve never made it myself, looking at your pics I must definitely make some, but not soon, gotta get rid of a little fat first, will have to make it my special treat when I break the 90’s.

    Hope you are well!
    Lots of love

    • September 26, 2010 6:41 PM

      Thanx so much Debs, it is a fab little dessert to make. It makes quite a big one so you could halve the recipe if its just for you two…seeing as Jamie still cannot tuck into this…although I know he would love it if he could hehe. All well thanx. Hope the weightloss is going well. Hugs and love xx

  4. Griet permalink
    September 26, 2010 6:36 PM

    Soulsista, ma dit jy lekker, sjoe. now if all my stuff was not packed in boxes I would have made this, but I will make it when the new boss and his lovely wife comes to dinner.

    Love you lots

    • September 26, 2010 6:39 PM

      So lovely to see you around still pop. I thought you might be cut off from the lappie by now hehe. This was stunning dessert. You will love it. Im thinking about you so much and praying that the move goes well. Love you lots too xxx

  5. September 26, 2010 7:44 PM

    Been craving some home cooked food since I never have enough time these days. Am making a lamb curry and was just drooling over the through of a malva pudding. This is close enough so thanks for posting. Although I won’t get to it today, I certainly do want to try it sometime. Yummmmmmmmmm!

    • September 26, 2010 8:50 PM

      Hmmmmm some of this after a lamb curry would be good! Have you got a malva recipe? If not shout and I will send you one. Huggies and thanx for the visit and comment. Always appreciate comments and feedback. xx

  6. September 26, 2010 8:14 PM

    I also like salt in my baking, O Captain, my Captain. This pudding looks like a real winner!

    Come see what I’ve been baking! 😉 xxx

    • September 26, 2010 8:49 PM

      Ooooh ooooh Im scooting over there straight away……thanx Jo. Hugs xx

  7. September 26, 2010 10:07 PM

    Colly, lethal my friend. I am not great om puds, but I have to tell you, this one will have me coming for seconds!!!

    • October 13, 2010 12:29 AM

      Hehe, it really is delicious Nins, thanx so much for the visit and the lovely comment. I appreciate them all xx

  8. September 27, 2010 5:21 AM

    Browniegirl, I’m S H O U T I N G!! Yes please if you have a malva pud recipe, I’d be MOST grateful indeedy. Thanks SO much x
    Always a pleasure to pop in when I can. It’s a great stress release 🙂

    • September 27, 2010 8:45 AM

      Will send you one now. So glad you shouted 🙂 Always glad to be a stress reliever hehe! Love and have a great week xx

  9. September 27, 2010 9:25 AM

    oh how totally divine! sticky toffee pudding is high up there on my list of decadent desserts! looks grand!

    • October 13, 2010 12:21 AM

      Hehe….same here Meeta, I have come across a few others who did the same challenge who think it is too sweet!!! NAH!! Its delicious! Thanx for the pop in! MWAH!

  10. September 27, 2010 12:45 PM

    You’ve nailed this pudding on the head! Super Yummy. I have eventually got all the ingredients and am making this tonight – can’t wait!

    • October 13, 2010 12:22 AM

      Thanx Rosemary, I bet yours turned out well too. It’s pretty easy to make and so yummy if you have a sweet tooth 🙂 xx

  11. September 27, 2010 4:59 PM

    I loved this challenge, even if the pudding was far too sweet for me 🙂

    • October 13, 2010 12:23 AM

      I definitely don’t have that problem Tandy hehe….I loved the challenge and the pudding 🙂 xx

  12. September 27, 2010 7:49 PM

    I will get the dates soon and try it, but tomorrow I fully intend making one of those puds with the hot sauce poured over it when it comes out of the oven! They are all right up my street. 😀

    • October 13, 2010 12:24 AM

      I love any sauce or cake that has hot sauce poured over it when it comes out of the oven adee…thanx so much for popping in 🙂 x

  13. September 27, 2010 8:59 PM

    my family”s favourite pud ! and I have never dared to make it myself.. so thanks !! I shall definitely get myself together to do it!

    • October 13, 2010 12:24 AM

      Oh do make it Gaby, it is easy and so delicious. Really worth it to please the family xx

  14. September 29, 2010 5:24 PM

    This looks wonderful, Brownie!!

    • October 13, 2010 12:25 AM

      Thank you Polks, and thanx for popping in. Always lovely to see you xx

  15. September 30, 2010 12:27 AM

    This looks decadent and lovely – all good qualities!!! (If you have any leftovers you might try making it up into individual trifles… It was recommended to me once and I have always wanted to try it!)

    • October 13, 2010 12:26 AM

      Ooooooh trifle with leftovers??? Why didn’t I ever think of that. Sounds wonderfully decadent! Thanx so much for that tip…and also for the visit. xx

  16. September 30, 2010 9:05 AM

    I love a good baked pudding, especially one with a decadent sauce such as this. YUMYUMYUM.

    PS: Can I be your neighbour? 🙂

  17. October 13, 2010 12:28 AM

    Come on over to my side of the pond Marisa hehe 🙂 I also love any baked puddings. Tonight it’s so cold and the wind is howling at galeforce proportions outside…would be perfect for a bowl of this with some hot custard 🙂 xx

  18. January 22, 2011 2:46 PM

    Evil! Evil! Evil! This looks SO delicious, Colleen! Only problem is: Taiwan = no dates, no self raising flour, no mixed spice and nothing that even remotely resembles Bulgarian yoghurt! 😦

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