Thursday, April 23, 2009

Sticky Toffee Pudding

The picture has NOTHING to do with this post. I just can't post something without a picture! I have been promising this recipe to a friend at work. Instead of writing it out the old fashioned way I thought it would be nice to share with you folks. (and it is always nice to have in my recipe archives) My friend Anna gave it to me years ago after she made it up for us a work. It is simply delicious! I cooked it for my in-laws last week and my MIL wanted the recipe, that is a FIRST. Just goes to show how darn good it is!

Sticky Toffee Pudding
3/4 cup dates (pitted & chopped)
1 teaspoon baking soda
4 Tablespoons of butter
3/4 of super-fine sugar
2 eggs
3/4 cup self rising flour
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Mix dates & baking soda. Pour 300ml boiling water over dates & leave to stand. Cream butter & sugar until pale. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beat well after each. Gently fold in flour. Stir in date mixture and vanilla. Pour into buttered cake pan. Bake @ 350 degrees for 39-40 minutes until done.
Butterscotch Sauce
2/3 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup of heavy cream
1 vanilla bean (split)
2 oz butter (1/2 stick)
Combine all ingredients in a pot. Bring to a boil then simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and remove vanilla bean. Pour on & serve!
I always buy the "superfine sugar" that it the above recipe calls for but my MIL suggested putting regular sugar into a food processor. What a good idea!
I like to make it up and serve it cold with warmed sauce.....the flavor, texture, and contrast in temperature really make it happen!
Remember that vanilla extract I made months ago. I used it for the above recipe and have and it seems to do the trick. I will being buying some more vodka to start my second batch since it needs to sit for 3 months.


Danni said...

I'm SO like you with the pictures. I cannot post without a photo. :-)
And your photo is...hilarious! What a good dog! Er, bunny! Er...doggy rabbit. The serious gaze he has...delightful.

The pudding sounds to die for...definitely going to try this. Gotta say, the dates as an ingredient set me off a bit, but hey, one of the best cakes I ever had had dates in it (and I didn't know it at the time!). :-)

Kelly said...

I coppied and pasted this recipe to myself in my email so that I can try it. I can't wait! It sounds so good.

Captain Hook and Lady Crochet said...

I will be trying this one! I first heard about this when I was watching the food network. They were doing some special on Hagendaas' next flavor. The one who won was sticky toffee I love it!
PS: I like the pic too!!!! :0)

Captain Hook and Lady Crochet said...

SO I have a queation...How long will this V.extract last? SHelf life I mean. SO do youscrape the inside out but add it and the beans to the vodka? Hmm.. I will be trying this too!

Anonymous said...

Sounds yummy! I can't post a blog without pictures either but sometimes I will have to do without pictures though.

Anonymous said...

OMG! What a great image of your German Shorthair!!! precious!!!

Leasmom said...

oh my god does that sound good. And your doggie looks hilarious in the bunny ears. Thanks for sharing.

YD, sometimes with ♥June and ♥Angel Samantha said...

She is so cute! You can tell by her expression that she wanted that thing off of her. :)
Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Joanna@BooneDocksWilcox said...

and if I have several photo's I have to decide which one makes the "cover."

The recipes sound great.

Lynnie said...

That does sound scrumptious! I do need to tell myself from time to time that dessert does not ALWAYS have to involve chocolate! This looks like a good recipe to pull me away from that trap!

Country Girl said...

Thanks to all for your comments. I have been a little deliquent in blog world lately!

Farmgirl, glad I am not alone!

SBF, about your question. Not sure on the shelf like. I'd say a long time as it's main ingredient is vodka. Yes, that is what I did with the vanilla bean.

Kathryn and Ari said...

WOW! What a day to visit. There isn't much that I like as much as I like Sticky Toffee Pudding. I can't wait to try this recipe. Thanks!

warren said...

Your dog is gonna pee in your cheerios when he sees that pic!

Paula said...

Wow- that sounds good!
Love the picture- i can almost tell what he's thinking~~
"Get this &%$# thing off my head!" LOL

Jennifer said...

The picture is so cute! The recipe sounds delicious, I'll have to try that sometime. Thanks for sharing. I've been wanting to make extract forever and have never gotten around to doing it.

Dianna said...

Ooh, that sounds yummy! And I agree about the pictures.