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Sticky Toffee Pudding to die for ...

Why did I call this post "Sticky Toffee Pudding to die for"? Because this is not a health food recipe. Eat too much of this and you will die young but with a huge smug grin on your face.

The pudding is what might be referred to in the UK as "stotty" pudding (i.e. heavy and filling) and the sweet, sticky sauce is so good that neighborhood kids will throw grappling hooks onto your roof and climb into your kitchen with big dessert spoons between their teeth to get at it.

Sticky Toffee Pudding is a traditional British dessert and there are many ways to make it. If you Google "sticky toffee pudding" you will find lots of repetitions of the same basic recipe that originated with Jamie Oliver. All of them feature pitted dates in the recipe.

I have the greatest respect for Jamie Oliver which is why I chose to make my pudding different. Here is how I made it.

  • 2 large apples
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • Vanilla Essence
  • 2 eggs

The Pudding:
  • Peel and dice the apples then cook them in a pan with half the sugar until mushy
  • Stir in the flour and baking powder then break the eggs into the mixture
  • Add a splash of vanilla essence and the cinnamon
  • Mix thoroughly until the batter is thick and smooth then transfer it to a greased baking dish
  • Bake for 45 minutes at 400F

The Sauce!
  • Gently melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a pan
  • Stir in the remainder of the brown sugar, a splash of vanilla essence and bring to the boil
  • Stir continuously - no really, I mean it - and let the mixture boil for a couple of minutes
  • When the sugar/butter mixture has turned to a thick, sticky toffee, stir in some cream (50/50 coffee cream is ideal)

John's Notes
Okay, let's be honest. The pudding is only there to give us an excuse to eat the sauce, so go ahead just make the sauce and pour it over ice cream, sponge cake or whatever takes your fancy. Have fun, the sauce takes only 5 minutes to make, 5 hours to digest and 5 days to recover from the guilt!

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