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Sticky toffee pudding

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‘This has always been one of my favourite desserts,’ says Sam Salway, executive chef at South Molton’s The Jubilee Inn.

‘After spending time away in France, tucking into a true English classic such as sticky toffee pudding is a real home comfort.’

Sticky Toffee Pudding

Serves 6

You will need

Dates 400g, chopped
Vanilla extract 3 tsp
Bicarbonate of soda 2 tsp
Water 550ml
Unsalted butter 120g
Caster sugar 350g
Eggs 4
Self raising flour 450g

For the toffee sauce:
Caster sugar 250g
Unsalted butter 180g
Vanilla extract 1 tsp
Double cream 500ml

Method

  1. Add the dates, vanilla, bicarbonate and water to a pan and bring to the boil. Once the dates soften, remove from the heat and allow to cool.
  2. Preheat the oven to 170°C. In a bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until pale.
  3. Continuing to mix, one by one add the eggs to the sugar mixture.
  4. Add the flour and cooled date mixture and combine.
  5. Line mini loaf tins with butter and baking parchment. Fill 2/3 full, cover with foil and bake for 50 minutes.
  6. For the toffee sauce: in a dry pan over a medium heat, make a golden caramel with the sugar. Add the butter, then the vanilla and stir to combine. Add the double cream and bring back to the boil before removing from the heat.

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