There has been a recent trend in America of people talking all about the “new” and on-trend sweet treat they just can’t get enough of—British Sticky Toffee Pudding, or British Sticky Toffee. However, for those actually from Britain, this is nothing new. In fact, this beloved dessert has been a staple in many homes since before most people can remember.
So, in an effort to pay homage to one of our favorite sweet delicacies and its growing international popularity here alpha pharma australia is a guide to British Sticky Toffee Pudding and what makes this dessert so great.
A Pudding or A Cake?
If you have never tried British Sticky Toffee Pudding before, you may be confused by its formal name. While “pudding” may be in its moniker, this dessert is actually a cake—and a cake unlike any other. It is drizzled twice in rich, dark-brown sugar and has a sweet and gooey consistency that has to be tasted to be believed.
The base cake is spongey, light and delicious, but it is the sweet toffee sauce drizzled on top that makes this cake truly one of a kind. Of course, it needs to be served with the right accoutrements as well—typically vanilla ice cream or custard will accompany this warm cake and make the perfect pairing.
Not-So-British Sticky Toffee Pudding
Like all great things sterobody.com, there have been some copy-cate versions of the British Toffee Pudding that have made their way into the dessert world, the most common being Sticky Date Pudding. It is similar in look and construction to the British Sticky Toffee dessert with a few exceptions (mainly being more dates and less toffee).
This version of the popular dessert is most common in Australia and New Zealand.
How to Make British Sticky Toffee Pudding
The only thing that comes close to eating British Sticky Toffee Pudding, is making your own British Sticky Toffee.
Much like “the perfect” chocolate chip cookie recipe, different bakers tend to have different versions of what they believe is the best British Sticky Toffee Pudding recipe.
Here’s a basic look at a traditional British Sticky Toffee recipe from the Food Network.
A great British Sticky Toffee Pudding all comes down to a delicious sauce. Here’s what you will need to make that sugary sweet sauce.
- 2 1/2 cups heavy cream
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1 stick sweet unsalted butter
To make this sauce, heat half the heavy cream, sugar and corn syrup together with the butter. Then continue cooking and stirring regularly until the sauce becomes a dark, beautiful amber color. It may take up to 40 minutes.
Then add the 1 ¼ cups of heavy cream, it will bubble up when it is done. Set aside and get ready to pour it on top of your cake.
Start by gathering your ingredients.
- 1/2 stick sweet unsalted butter, plus more for greasing
- 6 ounces dates, pitted
- 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- Pinch salt
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 teaspoon orange zest
Then, it’s time to start cooking the perfect base cake.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Grease seven 1/2 cup ramekins and set aside.
- Combine dates and ¾ cup water in a saucepan. Cook until dates are soft (15 minutes).
- Puree the soft date mix in a blender and let cool.
- Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in bowl and set aside.
In an electric mixer, mix together the cream, brown sugar and butter until it is light and fluffy.
From there, add the vanilla, egg, zest and date puree together then stir in your dry flour ingredient mix. Place the mixture into two ramekins and bake for 20 minutes.
Once the cakes have cooled, remove them from the ramekins and cut in half horizontally. Pour the toffee sauce on the bottom of the ramekins. Add the bottom layer of the cake, then more toffee sauce, then the top cake layer and more sauce. Keep covering with sauce and make sure to serve with some ice cream and you have a delicious British Sticky Toffee Pudding!
That’s all you need to make British Toffee Pudding, then it is time to start enjoying this truly delicious and detectable toffee pudding for yourself.
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