Sticky Toffee Pudding…
Here we go folks, a collector’s item a rare dessert and one that I love. Sticky toffee pudding is not to be confused with a cake. It is not called a sticky toffee cake for a reason!
That reason is that the British have a confusing and wonderful relationship with the word pudding! To you Americans trading this pudding is kinda similar to an unset ‘mousse’. To us Brits a pudding can be anything from this sticky pudding through to a Yorkshire pudding.
Yes we are a complicated nation, get over it!
I cannot claim this recipe in any way shape or form and I can’t really attribute it to anyone either. That is because it was scribbled on a piece of paper stuffed in the back of a cookery book I bought at a second-hand store.
This sticky date pudding is everything it should be, rich, dark, sweet, sticky and completely indulgent!
Where Does Sticky Toffee Pudding Originate?
The original recipe for this sticky pudding is attributed to Francis Coulson. It was developed for the Sharrow Bay Country House Hotel in the Lake District in the UK in the 1970’s. Odd really as I always associate this with school pudding recipes like spotted dick and rice pudding.
A positive youngster when it comes to favourite British foods.
However it is likely that this recipe is a derivation on an older sticky date pudding ideas that dates back many years. Possibly hundreds because dried dates have been used to enrich British desserts for a very long time.
I genuinely do not hanker after sweet food very often but when I do I want something really sweet none of this messing around. If I want a dessert don’t faff around and give me a ‘health conscious’ dessert.
Give me something loaded with sugar and butter and a bit more sugar but of a different type. Then top it with a sugar sauce and some ice cream on top.
This sticky toffee pudding is not just a good dish this is a great dish.
My wife cites this as her favourite thing that I cook. Whilst I don’t do it often it is a recipe I have used for years because it always works and it is always amazing!
Ice Cream or Custard?
There is an ongoing debate as to how to serve sticky toffee pudding. Is it ice cream or custard? I firmly fall on the side of ice cream. Those that say custard are forbidden permission to cook my recipe! Just kidding… or am I?
However, presenting my sticky toffee pudding in this way was not without problems. Now I shoot quickly all the food you see on my site is as it is eaten.
I am not one of those folks who cooks a separate meal this is my dinner, lunch or supper. I also have a deal with my wife that I can do this so long as our dinner is warm.
However, pouring a hot toffee sauce onto a cold ice cream presents a real challenge on the timing front. A fact that I had completely over looked in my planning!