Phil Vickery's sticky toffee pudding recipe

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Sticky toffee pudding is a classic dessert and this recipe puts a twist on the much-loved cake. This is the most indulgent dessert for after dinner

Serves6
SkillMedium
Preparation Time10 mins
Cooking Time50 mins
Total Time1 hours
Cost RangeCheap

Phil Vickery's sticky toffee pudding is a classic dessert. This recipe puts a twist on the much-loved cake - and makes it truly delicious. This is the most indulgent dessert you can possibly make - it's made of soft sponge and sticky toffee to make a fab pud that's the best dessert to follow up dinner with. Sticky toffee pudding is comfort food at its finest - you can curl up on the sofa with a bowl of hot sticky toffee pudding, or you can just as easily enjoy it after dinner with friends and family. If you're serving it up to kids, just make sure it's cooled down well enough, as it can get incredibly hot - same goes for adults!

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Ingredients

  • 175g (6oz) dates, stoned and chopped
  • 1tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 300ml (½pt) boiling water
  • 55g (2oz) butter
  • 175g (6oz) caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 175g (6oz) self-raising flour
  • 1tsp pure vanilla extract

For the sauce:

  • 397g can caramel

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Method

  1. To make this steamed pudding (opens in new tab), preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F, gas mark 4). Mix the dates and the bicarbonate of soda.
  2. Pour the hot water over and leave to soak while you make the batter.
  3. Whisk together the butter and the sugar, then add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  4. Fold in the flour, and then stir in the date mixture and vanilla. Pour into the prepared tin or ramekins.
  5. Bake in the centre of the oven for 20-25 mins for individual portions or 40-50 mins for the square tin, until cooked (test with a skewer).
  6. For the sauce, spoon the caramel into a microwave safe bowl and heat for about 1 min.
  7. Cut the pudding into squares for individual servings, and pour over the warm caramel sauce.

Phil Vickery has been part of the This Morning team for over 20 years and his recipes are unsurprisingly a huge hit with families as they are fuss-free, wholesome and delicious. He’s one of the country’s most-loved chefs and is passionate about using locally sourced ingredients to cook classic British dishes. In fact, in Phil’s spare time he likes to spend ours on his farm tending to the land and livestock, which includes pigs.