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There’s one pudding that always makes an appearance in the Baking with Granny household at Christmas (or any special occasion to be honest) and that is Sticky Toffee Pudding.
Why Sticky Toffee Pudding is always a winner in our house is simple…it is amazing! A real family favourite for all of us; soft, sticky sponge, doused in a rich & creamy toffee sauce. Served with your choice of pouring cream, ice cream or (my favourite) custard. It’s no wonder it’s a winner with everyone, from Papa, to the boys.
What Granny likes most about Sticky Toffee Pudding is how well it keeps when made in advance. There’s some recipes that are best enjoyed within the first day or two of being made; Sticky Toffee Pudding however can be made weeks in advance and popped in the freezer. This could be why we always have it on Christmas Day – we’d much rather spend that extra time as a family than preparing yet another dish.
That being said, we usually end up with a small serving of Sticky Toffee Pudding, due to stuffing our faces with the many other dishes we’ve spent the day preparing instead.
Dried Pitted DatesI was (rather shamefully) well into adulthood before discovering that the main staple ingredient in Sticky Toffee Pudding is dates. But given that you will blend/mash them, it’s perhaps not that obvious.
WaterThis is to soak your dates. They provide the moisture and body of the pudding sponge.
Butter or MargarineIt’s personal preference which you use. I usually use margarine as a way to omit dairy from the recipe but Granny prefers butter. Just make sure whatever you use is softened before you start.
Soft Dark Brown SugarThere is a lot of sugars out there to choose from but Granny has it sussed that a soft Dark Brown sugar is the best for Sticky Toffee Pudding. If you’re struggling to find some, a standard light soft brown sugar would suffice.
Free-range EggsThe size of your eggs doesn’t matter too much, just be sure to check they are free-range.
TreacleFor that deep colour and warming flavour, treacle is a must! For those outside the UK struggling to get treacle, molasses can be used as a substitute, although you may need to experiment with the quantities to get the perfect flavour.
Golden SyrupSimilar to treacle, golden syrup will give your Sticky Toffee Pudding a warming flavour but also an undeniable punch of extra sweetness.
Vanilla ExtractA nice little extra that gives a familiar undertone to the flavours.
Self-raising FlourWith a lot of wet ingredients in this recipe, the lift that self-raising flour provides is a must. Remember to sift it before adding to the batter too!
Bicarbonate of SodaThe flour does lift the batter but bicarbonate of soda adds a little extra science to the mixture and causes a chemical reaction to make your pudding rise more – neat, huh?
Have always enjoyed baking with granny.Quite a blessing you are!
Does this recipe need 1 tablespoon of bicarbonate – it seems a lot. Has anyone else tried it?
Hi Sian. Yes it is 1 tbsp of bicarb! If you watch our Facebook Live you can see the full explanation as to why – I thought it seemed a lot too but it really is required.
. Just made this , its was delicious and so easy to make.
Can this be kept in the fridge instead of freezer
Fantastic recipe, I add in some cinnamon to just for added kick. Delicious
Fantastic recipe, I add in some sweet cinnamon to just for added kick. Delicious
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