Sticky Toffee Date Pudding

I haven’t visited Lancaster in a very very long time. When I was in Grad School in London my cousin had just moved to Lancaster after getting married, I was making plans to visit Lake District not having any idea how close it was to Lancaster. Of course my cousin was most upset with me and I had to make sure the Lake District trip included a stop in Lancaster. I have very fond memories of the trip, my cousin had just moved to Lancaster 3 months ago and when I landed there she had no clue about the city so she and I went about discovering the place with her selling point being the Lancaster Prison – Seriously!!! Regardless, it’s a beautiful small city in the North of England and I wouldn’t go out of my way to go there, but given it was next to Lake District I didn’t mind stopping by. 

My trip to Lake District was gorgeous, the lake, the mountains, the sheep it was all so serene. Just the place I needed to be once I’d completed my thesis. I loved it so much, that when I got married and visited London again I took my husband with me to Lake District and went through the whole experience all over again. 

And of course, how could I have visited Lake District and not had the Sticky Toffee Date Pudding, where it all started. I have no idea what the name of the Cafe was where I had my last authentic date pudding but I can still smell the warm sticky pudding melting the clotted cream and my impatient self diving straight into it to devour as much as possible. It really is a gorgeously put dessert which really tinkers your taste buds. 

So when I had guests coming over originally from London, I thought it’d be nice to give them a treat from their homeland while they’ve been away so long. These turned out exactly how I wanted them and this is no recipe of mine. I used the recipe from the creator of this great dessert and made no changes whatsoever, I wanted to be as authentic as possible. So here’s to Mr. Coulson and thanking him for introducing the world to this lovely dessert. 

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Soften the dates in hot water
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Mash it up and add flour and baking powder
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Whisk butter and sugar
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Add egg and bring together
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Add flour and combine
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Finally add the dates and evenly mix
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Put in 4-6 ramekins and bake
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Cut the top off (if you’ve overfilled the ramekins like mine) turned it upside down and poured toffee sauce and grilled
Sticky Toffee
Serve with warm toffee sauce and ice cream

4 Tbsp butter 
3/4 Cup Sugar
1 1/2 Cup plus 2 teaspoon flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 egg, beaten 
1 1/4 cup pitted dates 
1 tsp vanilla extract

Toffee Sauce
This is the only part of the recipe where I’ve used my own sauce instead of the original. 


  1. Preheat oven to 350 C
  2. Combine butter and sugar (I used a whisk instead of an electric mixer). Beat for a few minutes until fluffy and then add the egg and mix
  3. In a seperate bowl mix flour and baking powder and then add half the flour mixture into the sugar mixture
  4. Mix together and then add the remaining flour and combine with a spatula 
  5. Chop the dates finely and add the remaining 2 tsp of flour and coat and cover with 1 Cup boiling water so they can soften, add baking soda and vanilla and then add the softened dates to the batter 
  6. Grease 4 ramekins with butter and pour the batter into the ramekins to the top
  7. Bake for 20-25 mins or until the skewer comes clean 
  8. Remove from the oven and keep warm 
  9. Set oven to grill/broiler, take the puddings out of the ramkeins and top the warm puddings with toffee sauce, about a teaspoon heaped and let it bubble and take out 
  10. Serve immediately with more toffee sauce and vanilla ice cream or clotted cream 

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