Kate Middleton's favourite sweet treat is perfect for an alternative festive pudding, here's the royal recipe

The Princess of Wales is obsessed with this dessert

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Kate Middleton's favourite dessert has been revealed by a former royal chef and it would make the perfect alternative Christmas pudding.

While Christmas might still feel like long way off, families are already starting to work out their Christmas plans, from buying the best toy advent calendars for kids to booking their Christmas food delivery slots while avoiding the worst supermarkets for Xmas food deliveries.

And Christmas dinner wouldn't be complete without a dessert - but if you're looking for an alternative that will go down a treat with the whole family, then Kate Middleton's favourite dessert just might do the trick.

The Princess of Wales is said to be particularly fond of sticky toffee pudding with chocolate sauce, according to former royal Chef Darren McGrady.

"Although I have never actually cooked for the Duchess of Cambridge, I know that sticky toffee pudding was one of her favourites," he told Delish.

"I know Kate would love this." He went on to reveal a quick swap at Buckingham Palace made the dish creamier.

"The original sticky toffee pudding recipe had apricots in. And at Buckingham Palace we changed it to dates, and these make it much creamier and much richer in my opinion."

How to make Kate Middleton's favourite Sticky Toffee Pudding

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Ingredients and method:

  1. Coat chopped dates with bicarb soda in a bowl and add boiling water. Stir until the soda dissolves and leave to cool.
  2. Add all the sauce ingredients together and bring to a boil before simmering for four minutes. Pour 1.5 cups into a greased two pint pudding basin and allow to cool (save the rest for pouring over the pudding to serve)
  3. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, add the egg, vanilla essence and keep beating. Fold in the flour and baking powder and add the date mix and chocolate chips.
  4. Spoon into a bowl on top of the cold sauce.
  5. Pour into a pudding bowl and steam over a pan of hot water for one hour.
  6. To serve add the remainder of the sauce and a dollop of whipped cream.
  • For the pudding:
  • 6oz of medjool dates, pitted and each cut into 8 pieces
  • 1tsp bicarb soda
  • 1/2 pint boiling water
  • 1 Egg
  • 2oz Butter
  • 6oz all purpose flour
  • 6oz granulated sugar
  • 1tsp vanilla paste
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup of Scharffen Berger chocolate chunks
  • Whipped cream
  • For the Sauce:
  • 11oz dark Muscovado sugar
  • 7oz unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup of Scharffen Berger chocolate chunks
  • 9tbsp heavy cream

Darren told Delish, "This is how we prepared it at Buckingham Palace," he added that 'the Queen loved this at Sandringham when it was really cold outside, and when she was at Balmoral, and the rest of the royal family did too.'

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Selina Maycock
Senior Entertainment Writer

Selina is currently a Senior Entertainment Writer for Goodto.com, formerly Senior Entertainment writer for Woman&Home, and My Imperfect Life and has more than 16 years of experience in newspapers, magazines and online. She currently writes a mix of Entertainment news - including celebrity births, weddings and reality show line-ups including Strictly, Dancing On Ice and The Great British Bake Off, reporting the the latest news about the Royal kids Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet as well as Family news stories from baby names to store closures and product recall warnings. Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.