Monday, April 11, 2011

Hope and Sticky Toffee Pudding

When I go out for dinner and dessert, I’m always hoping for a dessert menu that doesn’t include the standard items of crème brûlée, cheesecake, pie and a chocolate option. I prefer the napoleons, bananas foster, or sticky toffee pudding menus. Here's one of my favorites.

Recipe for Sticky Toffee Pudding

Makes 1 8x8 pan or 6 individual pans

1¼ cup water
1 cup dates
1 teaspoon vanilla
¼ cup butter
¾ cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1⅓ cup flour
¾ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
⅓ cup raisins
½ cup pecans, chopped

Preheat an oven to 350°F. Prepare the baking pans by spraying and lining with parchment paper. Rub butter on the parchment paper.

Bring the water to a simmer. Add the dates and vanilla. Simmer for 5 minutes. Let cool.

Cream butter and sugar. Add dates and water. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and soda. Add to date mixture.

In a food processor, puree until smooth but still a bit chunky. Let cool. Then add the raisins and pecans while it cools.

Bake for 30 minutes (or until a cake tester comes out clean).

Serve with butterscotch sauce, crème anglaise, whipping cream or ice cream and a dusting of icing sugar.


Karen said...

Yumm! and yes, I hope for all of the above.

Chelsea said...

mmm. I adore toffee. It is my weakness. And in pudding form? Ugh, so much for my diet!

Katrina said...

That looks really good. I've never had Sticky Toffee Pudding, but the times I've seen it, it sure looks tasty!

Angela said...

My favorite dessert is the napolean.But I'm sure I would love this too. I'm with you. I look for something different.

Angela said...

I always look for something different. I would order this any time.

Lucy @ Lucyeats said...

Yum that sounds delicious! I like it when creme brluee isn't on the menu because then I don't feel the need to order it and am able to order something new *hehe*