Sticky toffee apple pudding in a bowl

Sticky toffee apple pudding

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(135 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 40 mins


Serves 6 adults, or 4 adults and 4 kids

Try a fruity version of the classic sticky toffee pudding for a rich after-dinner treat. Serve with cream, custard or vanilla ice cream

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal452
  • fat20g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs68g
  • sugars49g
  • fibre2g
  • protein6g
  • salt1.26g
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  • 85g butter, melted



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

  • 140g self-raising flour
  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
    Baking powder

    Baking powder

    bay-king pow-dah

    Baking powder is a raising agent that is commonly used in cake-making. It is made from an alkali…

  • 200ml milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • 1 egg, beaten



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Bramley apples (or other cooking) apples, peeled, cored and sliced
    Bramley apples

    Bramley apple

    bram-lee app-el

    A large, flattish cooking apple, green in appearance but sometimes with specks of red. The flesh…

For the topping

  • 140g dark brown sugar
  • 50g pecan, roughly chopped
    Pecan nuts



    Related to the walnut, pecans are native to America, and grow enclosed in a glossy, browny-red…


  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Grease a 2-litre/3½-pint ovenproof dish lightly with butter. Tip the flour, sugar and baking powder, along with a pinch of salt, into a large bowl. Mix together the milk, butter, egg and vanilla extract and stir into the dry ingredients until you get a smooth batter. Arrange the apples in the dish, spoon the batter on top and smooth with a knife until the apples are covered.

  2. For the topping, pour 250ml boiling water over the sugar and stir together until smooth. Pour the liquid over the pudding mixture, then scatter over the pecans. Bake for about 40 mins until the pudding has risen and is golden. Use a big spoon to serve the pudding, making sure you get some of the gooey caramel sauce covering the bottom of the dish. Serve with pouring cream, warm custard or vanilla ice cream.

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11th Mar, 2012
Sensational! Complete silence round the table, except for "mmmms" of delight. Very, very easy to make, but did need an extra 10 minutes in the oven.
19th Feb, 2012
This was amazingly simple and yet very tasty and actually considerably lighter than I thought it would be. Great for children and adults alike. Like some of the other reviewers, the whole putting the water mixture on was a bit bizzare but just follow the recipe and you have a tasty, warming dessert that sits beautifully with cream, ice cream or goood ole custard. Loved it!
31st Jan, 2012
Never has anything gone in the oven looking so wrong, yet come out looking and tasting so good. Wow, this is lovely and yummy for such little effort. I have tried a couple of these boiling water affairs before, including a Nigella one, but the all ended up with a dry top and uncooked batter underneath. I would urge everyone to give it a go. Just the thing after a nice long Sunday run!
22nd Jan, 2012
I was so looking forward to making this after the rave reviews but even though I followed the recipe to the letter, it was the most bland, tasteless thing I've ever done! I couldn't taste the apples, there was plenty of sauce but certainly not toffee tasting and the pudding itself had no taste. First time I've ever had leave a negative review on here, back to the drawing board on my search for a dinner party pudding!
23rd Dec, 2011
Yummy and easy recipe. However I would go for toffee apple crumble over this, but it did make a nice change.
26th Nov, 2011
Just made this for friends and it went down really well. The batter hadn't cooked quite as well as I'd have liked in the middle, but it was lovely and crispy on top and fluffy at the sides. Didn't have any dark brown suggar so I made a concoction of golden caster sugar and molasses which came out surprisingly well. Only had one cooking apple, so used that with 4 small normal eating apples. They had a bit more of a tangy bite to them, which was nice and prevented this from being sickly. Will definitely make again, it was lovely and very easy.
16th Nov, 2011
I am not a "pudding person" but I had to go back for seconds, thirds ..... A must try, you won't be disappointed.
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13th Nov, 2011
Really nice pudding, I would allow an extra 15 - 20 mins cooking time though!
10th Nov, 2011
Made this to warm us up on Bonfire Night. So quick and easy to make and really delicious!
6th Nov, 2011
Loved this! I used eating apples, as I have an excess, and light brown sugar instead of dark as that is what was in the cupboard, it had a lovely golden syrup flavour.


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