That time of year again….

“Yeah. Well, you know me. Give me a full ballerina skirt and a hint of saloon and I’m on board.” Nigel in the Devil Wears Prada(the movie).
This is pretty much how I feel about toffee sauce…give me brown sugar, butter and cream and I’m on board. I have often even wondered if I would eat cardboard as long as there was toffee sauce thrown on it? My guess would be yes. :P
Saturday morning around 10 am I was laying on the couch half asleep. I was bundled up in a blanket with the dog crushing my legs(like she usually does) listening to the comforting voice of Ron MacLean(Hockey Night in Canada host). Yes, Hockey Night in Canada was on at 9 am on the West Coast on Saturday(it sucked because I am not a morning person). You see the NHL decided they would start the season in London, England. The Ducks and the Kings played each other on Saturday and Sunday this last weekend. Which meant no sleeping in for me. Though the NHL season has “officially” started with those two games, the real fun begins today, the “real” opening of the NHL season, or as I like to call it, my happy time. So while I watched the game on Saturday I just kept thinking, comfort/England, comfort/England…and what did I get? Sticky toffee pudding.
Sticky toffee pudding seems to have many different versions of the “pudding” part. One thing that is constant is a toffee sauce and dates in the pudding. Other than that you can find many a variety. This comes from a relative who lives in Perth, Scotland. I messed around with it a bit, so not sure how authentic it is anymore, but tasty all the same. Normally, I would have used pecans(as that is what it calls for) but I didn’t seem to have any, which is highly unusual. But I suspect you could use just about any type of nut and you’d be fine.
So here is the start of the NHL hockey season. Here is to my Flames, who if the pre-season is any indication, will have me swearing and crying all season. Here is to my Danny who is a skilled player on a team known for being goons….good luck Danny! Here is to the happiest time of the year. The time when I can hope that my team will make it to the Stanly Cup playoffs. The time when reality hasn’t set in. :)

Sticky Toffee Pudding

For the pudding:
8 ounces unsalted butter, cut into 1 ounce pieces
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp vanilla
1 ½ tsp baking powder
½ cup water
½ cup milk
1 ½ cups dates, pitted and chopped

Preheat oven to 350F.
Grease and flour a muffin tin(full size muffins, no minis)
In a food processor, blend together butter and sugar, adding the butter one ounce at a time. Add the eggs, one at a time, scraping the sides down after each egg. Add the remaining ingredients, except dates, and blend until smooth. Add dates and pulse to combine.
Using a ice cream scoop, scoop batter into muffin tin(s). Mine holds 12 and could have probably made 14. You can also use pudding cups or ramekins if you would like.
Bake for about 30 minutes. If you are using the larger pudding cup you might have to go as long as 45  minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for about 10 minutes before removing them from the muffin tins. Continue cooling on a rack.

Toffee Sauce:
2 cups brown sugar, tightly packed
2 ounces unsalted butter
1 ¼ cups heavy cream
½ cup nuts(preferably pecans but all I had was walnuts)

Bring cream, brown sugar and butter to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and stir occasionally for about 5 minutes. Stir in the nuts and pour over puddings.

Comments

  1. I love that toffee sauce, too! Totally delicious!

  2. Of course as the wife of a die-hard Canadiens fan, I cannot officially wish you a good hockey season … but secretly, I do!

  3. Oh my! *Drooling* just looking at that toffee sauce. I’ve never made it but it looks like such a versatile sauce.

  4. Wow, these definitely look like they would satisfy my “sticky gooey” sweet tooth! I can’t wait to make them. Thanks for the recipe.

  5. Mmmm, that looks great! I actually just linked to one of your other delicious “puddings” (bread pudding) in a post I wrote. You do know how to tempt my sweet tooth ;-) .

  6. Cheers to the Flames and to your marvelous pudding. It looks fabulously tasty. You’re right – enough toffee sauce and even cardboard would be palatable. But your pudding is much, much better.

  7. I have never had sticky toffee pudding before, but I’m with you – I know I’ll love it because it has toffee!!

  8. Yum! I was so happy when they turned this into a Haagen-Dazs flavor! I’ve never had the actual dessert, though! I have nothing but incentive, now.

    The Kings were my team until they traded Gretzky and the rest of the Gretzky lineup more than a decade ago. By then, I was also in my first year of college and unable to follow the NHL. I’ve been too wary of treachery to go really go back, though I do cheer for the Coyotes when nobody’s looking or listening.

  9. i am a huge fan of sticky toffee pudding and make it all the time, but yours looks like the best EVER – like porn!

  10. Amen, to a successful season for the Flames!
    As for the pudding, it looks amazing. Have you ever tried the Haagen Dazs Sticky Toffee Pudding icecream? It is impossibly good. I could eat the whole pint!

  11. Let’s hope it’s a good one, Peabody! Love that sauce!

    (I’m watching my Leafs tonight …)

  12. That looks soooooo good. I adore toffee in anything too!

  13. My goodness, this is to die for~the stickier, the better!We may be having this dessert this weekend~it is beautiful!

  14. Yummy! (Except the nuts, I don’t like walnuts.)
    Your poor Flames (my #3 team)- with Iron Mike there will be alot swearing, won’t there?

  15. :-) I kept thinking, that looks like an upside down muffin…then I read the recipe. I guess I know my muffin shapes!

  16. Peabody, you take all my recipes that I want to make and do them. If only I had the money, I got the mouths for sure.:Pout:

  17. MrsPresley says:

    i LOVE LOVE LOVE sticky toffee pudding! :) your version seems particularly light in color compared to the recipe i have used… i’d be interested in comparing that taste. either way, i am like you and anything with brown sugar and cream or toffee and i can’t wait to eat it!

    as others mentioned, you should try the haagen daaz ice cream flavor, it’s pretty good too :)

  18. I feel for rugby (and cursing not being able to see any games of the World Cup) what you feel for hockey…and I feel for toffee sauce what you feel for toffee sauce, and nuts, and butter…well you get the pint…oh …point!
    Gt my first “bowl” of pecans from our tree on sunday, and they are so tasty. Problem is I am fighting a family of racoon and a white fox who come shopping for them at night…now I just unleash the dog (except on the white fox)…I want my nuts!!!
    Fabulous dessert as always!

  19. My English bloke would adore this! I’ll have to surprise him and make it. Have you ever tried Haagen Dazs Sticky Toffee Pudding ice cream? Oh My! You would be in heaven :)

  20. These are so beautiful and look scrumptious!

  21. Oh my!! I have never had sticky toffee pudding, and this looks very sinful!!!

  22. These photographs are sooo amazing. It makes me wonder why on earth haven’t i still tried this sticky toffee pudding.Can u believe it.Not even once !!!

  23. Oh, sticky toffee pudding…I haven’t had this in years, but all of a sudden, I’m sitting here wishing that fork in the last photo belonged to me! :-) The toffee sauce is dreamy. :-)

  24. Now that Autumn has arrived here I’m in need of some sticky toffee pudding, yours looks gorgeous.

  25. Sticky and yummy! Delicious!

    Paz

  26. Well, Peabody, if it’s any consolation, our Padres sucked right down to the longest tie-breaker playoff match in NL history (or something like that) all the while the Chargers are busy losing all their games so far this season…Yes, the MoH is seriously dragging already and less than enthused about football this year. Maybe he needs a bit o’ that sticky toffee pudding there.

  27. YUM!!!!!! Never had sticky toffee pudding, but this looks like a very good version.

    Wish it was cold enough to use a blanket for any reason – sounds nice!!

    Hope this is the best hockey season ever. :)

  28. “The time when reality hasn’t set in” HA HA HA!!! As a Blues fan I totally relate! Here’s to a great hockey season, complete with curses and tears–and God willing, a win or two.

  29. Everytime I hear the word “hockey”, I think of you–really! Happened today.

    OK, now to your puddings. Amazing. Simply amazing. Those are the best looking ones I’ve ever seen!

  30. Sticky toffee pudding has always interested me…but I haven’t tried it yet would you believe! I like your muffin cup sized ones…another STP recipe bookmarked! :)

  31. You always made my mouth watering. You bake heavenly. The season hit here is after soccer, is rugby world championship.Maybe I try to bake this pudding to watch the games.

  32. haha, I LOVE that quote from “The Devil Wears Prada.” Sticky-Toffee-Pudding is such an elegant, “different” dessert; and you’ve certainly done it justice :0)

  33. Geez lady, I have to wade through an ocean of comments to leave one myself :) My dog crushes my legs (and sometimes chest) too. This recipe looks great. I am a toffee/caramel/butter/cream whore, so I hear ya!

  34. Gosh, this look utterly yummy!! I could just imagine this for dessert tonight. =)

  35. Oh man it’s almost time for croissant bread pudding with toffee sauce!! WOOOOOOOO!!!! My absolute favorite dessert of Fall & Winter thanks to my lovely Gracie!!!

    I’ve tried Nigella’s sticky toffee pudding and it was horrid.. ugh. This looks nothing like it – yours looks SO GOOD. Good enough that I might try sticky toffee pudding again… ;)

    xoxo

  36. you probably won’t believe me when i say that i’ve never made a proper pudding before… but i will try this recipe, toffee is always sure to win me over, this just looks too scrumptuous!

  37. that looks absolutely delectable! i have never made or eaten sticky toffee pudding, but it sounds even better than bread pudding!!

  38. Your recipe looks absolutely delicious – and since Sticky Toffee Pudding is one of my favorites – I may give it a go!

  39. You’ve done it again, Peabody! This pudding already has me drooling and I haven’t even started cooking yet ;) … Thanks for sharing the recipe with us. We are proud to have it included in this week’s FoodieView Recipe Roundup! Take care- Michele

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