I’m a big fan of James Martin. I have a few of his books and his classic recipes never fail me.
This is actually become a running joke in my house, as everytime he comes on the TV he is called my TV boyfriend. I wish. (I really do).
Apparently, the way to my heart is through a great pudding, This sticky toffee pudding is a go to recipe for me and delivers everything you want from a sweet, gooey pud.
The recipe is taken from BBC Good Food magazine and appeared as a dish on ‘Operation Hospital Food‘, where James featured in a documentary that focused in improving the food that hospital patients are served (see, he’s a nice bloke too. *swoon*).
That’s why this recipe serves 10 people – or two very greedy people over the space of a few days.
- 50g butter, plus extra for greasing
- 150g soft dark brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 175g pitted dried dates
- 300ml water
- 1 tbsp (0.017 litre) bicarbonate of soda
- 175g self raising flour, plus extra for dusting
- ½ tsp (0.0029) vanilla extraxt
- 2 tbsp (0.03 litre) black treacle
- 1 tbsp (0.017) golden syrup
- 50g butter
- 50g soft dark brown sugar
- 25g black treacle
- 50g golden syrup
- 300ml double cream
1. Preheat the oven to 190°C / 375°F / Gas Mark 5
3. Using the food mixer with a bowl and whisk attachment, blend the butter and sugar together
4. Place the dates and water into a saucepan and bring to the boil
5. Slowly add the golden syrup, treacle and eggs to the butter mixture and carry on mixing
6. Turn the mixer down to a slow speed and then add the flour
7. Once all the ingredients are combined turn off the mixer
8. Puree the water and date mixture and add the bicarbonate of soda
9. Quickly add this mix while it is still hot to the egg mix
10. Once the mix is combined pour into the buttered and floured cake tin and bake for 40 – 45 mins at 200C / 400F / Gas Mark 6 until the top is firm to the touch
11. Leave to cool
12. Put all sauce ingredients except for the cream into a sauce pan
13. Heat gently until the sugar has dissolved
14. Add the cream and bring to the boil
15. Stir the boiling sauce until the desired consistency is reached
16. Reheat the sponge in a preheated oven at 180°C / 350°F / Gas Mark 4
17. Cut the pudding into squares and serve with the toffee sauce