Sticky toffee puddings

Sticky toffee puddings

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(24 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 30 mins


Serves 4
MasterChef's Gregg Wallace shares his sumptuous recipe for the classic sticky toffee pudding

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal716
  • fat46g
  • saturates26g
  • carbs73g
  • sugars46g
  • fibre2g
  • protein8g
  • salt1.1g


  • 75g dates, stoned and chopped



    Dates are one of the oldest cultivated fruits - it's thought that they were a staple part of…

  • 75g butter, softened, plus extra for greasing



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 50g light brown soft sugar



    Honey and syrups made from concentrated fruit juice were the earliest known sweeteners. Today,…

  • 2 eggs



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  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 140g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
    Baking powder

    Baking powder

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For the sauce

  • 150ml double cream
  • 75g light brown soft sugar



    Honey and syrups made from concentrated fruit juice were the earliest known sweeteners. Today,…

  • 25g butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…


  1. Put the dates in a small saucepan and pour over 75ml water. Bring to a simmer and cook for 3-4 mins until the dates are mushy and have absorbed the water. Gently stir to blend.

  2. Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Grease and line the bases of 4 x 150ml pudding moulds. Cream the butter and sugar with an electric whisk until pale and fluffy. Gradually add the eggs and vanilla, then fold in the flour and baking powder. Mix in the blended date purée and divide between the moulds. Transfer to a roasting tin and pour enough boiling water in to reach halfway up the moulds. Cover the tin with foil and cook for 25 mins until risen and firm to the touch.

  3. Meanwhile, make the sauce. Pour half the cream and all the sugar and butter into a small, heavy-bottomed pan. Heat gently until sugar has dissolved, stirring often. Turn up the heat and bubble for 3-4 mins until the sauce is glossy and thick, then stir in the remaining cream. Re-heat the sauce when the puddings are cooked and serve poured on top.

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oofley's picture
5th May, 2019
Brilliant, 5 star. Had me licking the crumbs off my plate.
Erika Woodcock
26th Mar, 2019
Can this be made the night before?
27th Dec, 2018
So simple so delicious. Mr Wallace, you are a genius!!!!!
27th Sep, 2017
Made this recipe several times, easy and always works out well. I use ready chopped dates and add a little ground ginger to perk it up a bit, and once used some lemon zest instead, not too much.
17th Feb, 2017
This recipe is the worst, they taste of nothing. I was embarrassed to serve them. Trust me and use another recipe for sticky toffee puddings!
30th Mar, 2016
Made these for a dinner with friends who rated this toffee pudding recipe one of the best they'd tried. Very simple to make and if you don't like dates they really aren't obvious in the outcome, they just add some texture/flavour to the mixture. Sauce was great too, and no issues cooking or getting them out of the moulds. Will definitely make again.
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25th Oct, 2014
Absolute heaven! I am lactose-intolerant, so did this with lactose-free (single) cream and the usual dairy-free margarine. What joy to have a favourite taste again! And so easy to make...
14th Sep, 2014
Have made these lots of times as they are so easy and never fail, always light and fluffy. I follow instructions exactly and have never had them go wrong yet. For those who are saying they are tasteless are you using good quality vanilla essence/paste? Guests are usually impressed with these winter puds so will continue to use this recipe again and again.
18th Jun, 2014
I have just made these, I took the comments on board and added more dates but was a bit disappointed on the flavour or lack of it.
27th Feb, 2014
I followed the recipe exactly, except that instead of individual molds, I put all the mixture into one dish. When I took the pudding out after 25 min it was totally uncooked, so I put it back in without the foil but that dried it up. so basically what i had was a dry, dull date cake wh/ needed drowning with the toffee sauce to make it go down. I shouldve known from the picture, it DOES look dry and miserable.


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16th Feb, 2017
do NOT I repeat do NOT bake in hot water as it will never cook. I am not being hateful but these were the worst sticky toffee puddings I have ever made. Heres a tip... don't make them!!
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