Ultimate sticky toffee pudding

Ultimate sticky toffee pudding

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Prep: 1 hr Cook: 25 mins (can be made 1-2 days ahead uncooked)


Makes 7 little puddings
One of our most requested recipes - puddings don't get any better

Nutrition and extra info

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Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal697
  • fat36g
  • saturates21g
  • carbs92g
  • sugars71g
  • fibre2g
  • protein6g
  • salt1.1g
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    For the pudding

    • 225g whole Medjool date
    • 175g boiling water
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 175g self-raising flour, plus extra for greasing
    • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
      Bicarbonate of soda

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    • 2 egg



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    • 85g butter, softened, plus extra for greasing



      Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

    • 140g demerara sugar
    • 2 tbsp black treacle
    • 100ml milk



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    • cream or custard to serve (optional)



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    For the toffee sauce

    • 175g light muscovado sugar
    • 50g butter, cut into pieces



      Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

    • 225ml double cream
    • 1 tbsp black treacle


    1. Stone and chop the dates quite small, put them in a bowl, then pour the boiling water over. Leave for about 30 mins until cool and well-soaked, then mash a bit with a fork. Stir in the vanilla extract. Butter and flour seven mini pudding tins (each about 200ml/7fl oz) and sit them on a baking sheet. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4.

    2. While the dates are soaking, make the puddings. Mix the flour and bicarbonate of soda together and beat the eggs in a separate bowl. Beat the butter and sugar together in a large bowl for a few mins until slightly creamy (the mixture will be grainy from the sugar). Add the eggs a little at a time, beating well between additions. Beat in the black treacle then, using a large metal spoon, gently fold in one-third of the flour, then half the milk, being careful not to overbeat. Repeat until all the flour and milk is used. Stir the soaked dates into the pudding batter. The mix may look a little curdled at this point and will be like a soft, thick batter. Spoon it evenly between the tins and bake for 20-25 mins, until risen and firm.

    3. Meanwhile, put the sugar and butter for the sauce in a medium saucepan with half the cream. Bring to the boil over a medium heat, stirring all the time, until the sugar has completely dissolved. Stir in the black treacle, turn up the heat slightly and let the mixture bubble away for 2-3 mins until it is a rich toffee colour, stirring occasionally to make sure it doesn’t burn. Take the pan off the heat and beat in the rest of the cream.

    4. Remove the puddings from the oven. Leave in the tins for a few mins, then loosen them well from the sides of the tins with a small palette knife before turning them out. You can serve them now with the sauce drizzled over, but they’ll be even stickier if left for a day or two coated in the sauce. To do this, pour about half the sauce into one or two ovenproof serving dishes. Sit the upturned puddings on the sauce, then pour the rest of the sauce over them. Cover with a loose tent of foil so that the sauce doesn’t smudge (no need to chill).

    5. When ready to serve, heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Warm the puddings through, still covered, for 15-20 mins or until the sauce is bubbling. Serve them on their own, or with cream or custard.

    Recipe from Good Food magazine, November 2006
    BBC GoodFood Magazine

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    Comments (82)

    shnokie's picture

    absolutely gorgeous cooked for part of my mum's birthday the whole family enjoyed made one bug pudding rather than individual ones next time I will line the tin though the sauce is rich but worth the calories lovely with vanilla ice cream will be making it again

    tassimo's picture

    Tried this when looking to try a different sticky toffee pudding recipe.Mine is a copy of one from The Udny Arms Hotel ,Aberdeen. I made this in a square tin rather than indivdual puddings. Whilst it tasted very nice it is not a sticky toffee pudding consistancy, it is more likened to a steam pudding possibly & we all decided it should more be called a treacle pudding. The sauce was very nice & I used the rest of that when making profiteroles. If you are looking for a nice treacle pudding then yes, if looking for a sticky toffee pudding then no.

    Cookiewookiewoo's picture

    Fabulous! A real crowd pleaser and very forgiving as gets better if it's sat around for a while!
    No need for aluminium tins; I used large foil cupcake cases (got 12 cakes out of this recipe, quite a loose mixture so poured mixture from a jug) and froze them in a ziplock bag. Then a week later removed from freezer & after 15 mins removed the paper cases and popped them all top down in a large baking dish. (They bake quite flat topped so they look just like little puddings!!)
    I made double quantity of sauce (don't even think about making less than double as it is wonderful), and poured three quarters over the semi-defrosted puddings and left them to fully defrost and soak up all that sticky toffee goodness. 5 hrs later I warmed them through properly til piping hot and reheated the leftover sauce. Utterly lovely. Sticky Toffee Pudding must have dates in (says Mr Cookiewookiewoo) and soaking them in tea def gives a better flavour. The cakes are surprising light and when out with the sauce something magical happens! Mmmmm. Sorry had a nigella moment there.
    Some other commenters have processed the dates til less lumpy but we loved the pulpy bits.

    Melectra's picture

    I used one and a half times the recipe which made one large pudding (in a bread tin) and 10 mini ones which I used muffin cases for. The latter took 20 mins and the larger one 35 mins. As suggested by others, demarera gave the sauce a lovely butterscotch flavour. I soaked the dates in tea the gave them a quick blend to make them leas chunky. The finished pudding was absolutely delicious; rich and tasy, but light too. A huge hit with everyone who tasted it.

    bsturge's picture

    Really delicious and easy recipe. I shall make this for my next dinner party. I didn't have Demerara sugar and used caster and it worked fine.

    JoJoDel's picture

    Really delicious moist recipe. We made this for pudding club and everyone said it was the best sticky toffee pudding they had tasted.

    rachelemmalouise's picture

    You have to try this pudding - it really is amazingly good! It has got to be the best sticky toffee recipe out there. My family were super impressed and I can't wait to make it again.

    haughjan's picture

    Excellent recipe! I tried it for the first time over the Christmas period. I prepared them on Christmas Eve and left them sitting in the sauce for 2 days out of the fridge. I reheated them gently in the oven before serving. The only changes I made to the recipe was soaking the Medjool dates in (English Breakfast) tea instead of plain hot water for extra flavour and making 1.5 portions of the sauce. I will be definitely making this recipe again.

    staggerlee's picture

    Delicious, have made it twice now and its fantastic. I wasn't able to get mejool dates so used a cheaper variety. One slight change that I made was to blitz the dates before adding to mixture, which gives a lovely smooth texture.

    Royal O'Queen's picture

    This is a great recipe. I made and froze after soaking in sauce as suggested and were lovely. I made with Deglet Nour dates as Medjool dates come from an appartheid state, you know where. I also made extra sauce as advised and everyone loved them.

    Krista1101's picture

    I made these with a few substitutions, where I live it's hard to get a couple ingredients.
    I used molasses in place of treacle, light brown sugar in place of demerara, and dark brown in place of muscavado.
    Made them the night before, and left them covered, soaking in the toffee on the counter overnight.
    They were amazing!
    Best puddings I've ever had, I will continue to use the molasses in place of treacle, I loved the flavor it added, without being cloyingly sweet.

    I also used a muffin tin, and got 12 out of it. Baked about 17 minutes at 350, for any other north Americans out there :)

    I served them hot with clotted cream, and everyone had seconds, definitely a hit.

    eugenia a.'s picture

    Great recipe! I also substitute the black treacle syrup with muscovado sugar. Fantastic taste. I filled 11 little aluminium cups.
    Thank you very much.
    Greetings from Italy

    cshobbs's picture

    What lovely puddings!
    I wish I'd read the online recipe beforehand because I would have had time to make the day before and sit in the sauce. Oh well, it was still good.
    I was in a rush and burnt the sauce first time round. Not to be defeated I tried again. I sorted it and it was wonderful.
    As I'm a coeliac, I used gluten free flour and added a little xanthan gum.

    susie_owl's picture

    Fabulous recipe, really easy to follow. Agree with the other posters though, you'll need two lots of the sauce - it's to die for!

    Table_for_Ting's picture

    This recipe is absolutely fool-proof! I left out the black treacle syrup and used brown sugar instead of demera sugar and it still turned out great. I made some slight alternations to the recipe as wanted to reduce the amount of sugar used in this so click on the link below for the revised recipe

    huysie's picture

    Absolutely gorgeous pudding. We live in France so can't get Black treacle easily but I used golden syrup and was still fab. I used 8 ramekins and made enough for all of us. As suggested made the day before and was a godsend as only have a single oven and was cooking roast beef and all the trimmings for 8 on the day. Just popped them back in the oven whilst we were on cheese and they were gorgeous. Only thing I would suggest is doubling the sauce but we are quite greedy with our sauce.

    spiridussha's picture

    this is pudding is FAB...is so easy and great recipe. baked this many times and had tons of compliments

    Summer68's picture

    I made this today and added one ripe banana and some mixed spice- my husband said its the best sticky toffee pudding I've made! It had a lovely taste of banana.

    Clairedjones's picture

    I don't normally comment on recipes on here, in fact this is my first post, but this was so good I have to share!

    Excellent recipe, tastes exactly like one of the posh waitrose ones you can buy. I used half caster to half light brown sugar in both parts of the recipe. Also made half quantities, but it was enought to feed four. Baked it all in one tray instead of serpents mini ones which cooked in 40 minutes. ,

    belindacaroline's picture

    Superb! Whenever we go out to eat I invariably choose this on the menu. If done well it is to die for, if done badly then it is incredibly disappointing. So, I decided to make some myself and see how I got on. A perfect success the first time with this recipe. Like some other commentors, I made in one large tray bake (greased and lined with parchment) and cut into squares. I also added chopped pecans as another commentor suggested, which added a lovely extra dimension to the taste and texture. I can see this would be very useful as a pudding to make in advance and simply heat up and can't wait to make it again.


    Questions (13)

    elsacraig's picture

    Can anyone help me please? What is 175g of boiling water in Fl.oz.?

    stonking's picture

    Is 225g the weight of the dates before they're stoned?

    mcg5's picture

    The recipes states that "(can be made 1-2 days ahead uncooked)".
    At what stage do you leave it uncooked as I do not find this very clear? Do you leave the cake mix uncooked in the moulds before cooking or is this statement referring to a different stage?
    Please clarify. Thanks

    Charlotta.hill's picture

    What would the cooking time for a circa larger 1 qt. dish be? Prefer to make a large batch instead of smaller little pots :)

    goodfoodteam's picture

    Hi Charlotta.hill, thanks for your question. We haven't tested making this recipe in one large dish so cannot guarantee perfect results. Baking a mixture designed for individual pots in one large dish can sometimes cause problems because the cake structure can't support itself on a larger scale or it may cook too quickly on the outside before cooking properly in the middle. Do test it after the first 25 mins and put it back if it needs longer, perhaps covered with foil if the top cooks too quickly. Please do let us know how it goes. 

    Charlotta.hill's picture

    I am actually making half the recipe which fits in the 3 small pots that I have. Approx 9cm in diameter :) I am going to have one now and freeze the cake for later. Can you freeze the toffee or how does that work? The puddings are in the oven now and they look amazing! :)

    goodfoodteam's picture

    Great! So glad it's going well. You can freeze the puddings with some of the sauce poured over. If you have lots of sauce left you can freeze that too and defrost and warm the extra sauce in a small pan before serving. Hope this helps. 

    valeriebott's picture

    What size tin please?

    goodfoodteam's picture
    Hi there, you need to use seven mini pudding tins, each about 200ml/7fl oz.
    kath11ellis's picture

    Can I leave out the dates as I don't have any?

    goodfoodteam's picture
    Hi there thanks for your question, we would not normally recommend leaving out an ingredient from a baking recipe, but as kath11ellis has tried it then it should be ok. Hope this helps.
    kath11ellis's picture

    I left out the dates and used golden syrup instead of the treacle as I didn't have any of that either and it was heavenly anyway. Will definitely make it again.

    Tips (1)

    GeorgiePorgie35's picture

    If using this recipe to make muffin size puddings I'd recommend baking them on the lower middle shelf and either lowering the oven temperature to 170c or 160c or not using the fan oven setting as these cooked in 15 mins in 180c fan oven.