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Victorian Sticky Toffee Pudding

Deliciously sweet and indulgent, this Victorian classic is a treat everyone will love.


For the Pudding

  • 175g dates (stoned)
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tbsp coffee essence
  • 75g softened butter
  • 200g light soft brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 175g self raising flour
  • 75g walnuts, chopped

For the Sauce

  • 175g light soft brown sugar
  • 115g butter
  • 6 tbsp double cream
  • 50g chopped walnuts

Step 1

In a medium sized bowl, soak the dates with 175ml of boiling water along with the coffee essence and bicarbonate of soda. Leave them to cool completely. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/ 350°F/ gas 4. Grease the pudding basin with butter. In a large mixing bowl, mix the butter and sugar with an electric whisk until smooth. Beat in the eggs one by one continuing to mix until smooth. Fold the flour and chopped nuts into the mixture and add the cooled date mixture, including the water. Mix well with a wooden spoon until smooth and evenly combined. Pour into the pudding basin and cover with greased foil.

Step 2

Bake in the oven for one hour 20 minutes. Check if cooked by inserting a knife or skewer, if it comes out clean the pudding is cooked.

Step 3

To make the sauce tip the brown sugar, butter, nuts and cream in a saucepan and gently heat and continually mix the ingredients together until smooth. Bring to the boil and remove from the heat and allow to cool. In the meantime turn out the pudding. Always use oven gloves when handling a hot pudding basin. Loosen the pudding all round using a palette knife then remove the pudding onto a plate (the best technique is to place a large plate on top of the pudding and invert it, shaking it gently). Serve with the sauce.

View Table of Bowl Sizes
Size Diameter Inches Litres Fl oz [UK] Fl oz [US] Pints [UK] Pints [US]
18 22cm 8.5 2.5lt 88 84 4.4 5.2
24 20cm 7.5 1.75lt 62 59 3.1 3.7
30 17cm 6.5 1lt 35 33 1.8 2.1
36 16cm 6.0 900ml 32 30 1.6 1.9
42 14cm 5.5 650ml 23 22 1.1 1.3
48 12.5cm 4.5 400ml 14 13 0.7 0.8
54 11.5cm 4.0 250ml 9 8 0.4 0.48