Perfect Sticky Toffee Pudding. British comfort food! NEW RECIPE VIDEO!!! (2024)

Perfect Sticky Toffee Pudding. NEW VIDEO RECIPE!! The best version of this classic British dessert that I’ve ever tried. Baked in muffin pans for perfect portions of this moist, rich dense dessert served with an indulgent toffee sauce.

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Perfect Sticky Toffee Pudding with easy toffee sauce.

Originally published Jan 2013.

This is the best sticky toffee pudding that I have ever tried. It borrows some of the best elements from a few different recipes for this classic and iconic British dessert.

Sticky Toffee Pudding should be light in texture with a crumb structure that stands up when baked but collapses in the mouth to a dense, sweet, sticky, soft texture.

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Sticky toffee pudding single serving from bundt pan.

This recipe hits all of those points and also has a perfect toffee sauce that soaks into the rich moist pudding lending yet another delicious dimension to this tempting dessert.

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Perfect Sticky Toffee Pudding

If you have a favourite pudding form or mold, feel free to use that and keep an eye on it while baking, taking it out as soon as the centre is firm. It is better to err on the side of slightly under-baking than over-baking with this recipe.

I have baked these in muffin tins, which for me is the perfect serving size for this very rich dessert. If you disagree, you can always have two; let’s face it, you probably will.

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Perfect Sticky Toffee Pudding

Sticky Toffee Pudding Update June 2018

I’ve been asked several times over the past few years if this recipe can be made in a tube pan or a bundt pan. The answer is yes. I would not use a very large tube pan, like those you would use for an angel food cake.

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Dried dates are the flavour base for this classic dessert.

This recipe is on the smaller side, so might be too flat in a large pan. It still is not very tall in my large bundt pan but it did bake up consistently moist, so I have no problem recommending a bundt pan.

I actually served 14 people at a family lunch just yesterday and used a bundt pan to bake it. I made sure the pan was very well greased and floured and it slipped out of the pan no problem.

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Sticky toffee pudding in a bundt pan ready for the oven.

Greasing a bundt pan

My method for greasing a bundt pan is to put it in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes and then melt some butter just until it turns liquid. You don’t want to super heat the butter to steaming hot.

I then take a pastry brush to brush the melted butter all over the inside of the bundt pan. The butter immediately solidifies on the cold pan and makes sure that all the nooks and crannies are amply covered. A light dusting of flour after that and you pan is ready.

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I baked the pudding at 325 degrees F for 55 minutes and it was perfect coming out of my oven.

I still like the idea of using the muffin pans, especially when I am planning to freeze some of the individual puddings but if I know I will be serving a larger crowd, this method may save a little time.

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Yield: 18 muffin sized puddings

Perfect English Sticky Toffee Pudding

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Perfect Sticky Toffee Pudding - The best version of the classic British dessert that I've ever tried.


For the pudding

  • 8 ounces chopped pitted dried dates
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 extra large eggs
  • 3 tbsp molasses
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup, or substitute dark corn syrup
  • 1 2/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda

For the toffee sauce

  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp molasses
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract


To prepare the pudding

  1. Add the dates and water to a small saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil and simmer over low heat for only a couple of minutes. Let stand for a few minutes while preparing the rest of the batter.
  3. Cream together the butter brown sugar and vanilla.
  4. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  5. Add the molasses and golden syrup and beat well.
  6. Sift together the flour and baking powder.
  7. Add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture in three equal portions mixing until smooth after each addition.
  8. Puree the date mixture in a food processor or blender before mixing in the baking soda.
  9. Add this hot mixture immediately to the batter and mix until smooth.
  10. Pour batter into well greased and floured muffin tins and bake for about 18 – 20 minutes at 350 degrees F until the center is just firm.
  11. Serve warm with Toffee Sauce.

To make the toffee sauce

  1. Bring all of the ingredients to a slow rolling boil for about 2 min before serving over the baked puddings.


Baking in a Bundt Pan

If baking in a bundt pan be sure it is well greased and floured as described in the introduction to this recipe. Bake at 325 degrees F for 55-60 minutes.

Serve warm with the toffee sauce.Don't be afraid to double the toffee sauce recipe. People may just ask for more!

To make as individual muffin sized servings

A reader only had one 12 muffin pan so I calculated this recipe to make just a dozen instead of 18. The eggs are the biggest issue in downsizing any recipe. My trick for this if using extra large eggs is to whisk the egg and remove about a tablespoon. That should approximate the size of a medium egg.

Here are the ingredients for 12 muffin sized sticky toffee puddings:

- 5 1/2 ounces chopped pitted dried dates

• 1 cup water

• 1/4 cup butter

• 2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar

• 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

• 2 medium eggs

• 2 tbsp molasses

• 1 1/2 tbsp golden syrup (or substitute dark corn syrup)

• 1 cup + 2 tbsp all purpose flour

• 1 tsp baking powder

• 1/2 tsp baking soda

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per ServingCalories 249Saturated Fat 5gCholesterol 43mgSodium 139mgCarbohydrates 41gFiber 1gSugar 30gProtein 2g

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Is sticky toffee pudding from England? ›

Sticky toffee pudding, known as sticky date pudding in Australia and New Zealand, is a British dessert consisting of a moist sponge cake made with finely chopped dates (optional), covered in a toffee sauce and often served with a vanilla custard or vanilla ice-cream.

Where did sticky toffee pudding come from in Scotland? ›

While a few different restaurants across England claim they created the dessert, the Scots argue that it was first served at the Udny Arms Hotel Aberdeenshire, Scotland in 1967, where it is still expertly served to this day.

Why baking soda in sticky toffee pudding? ›

Adding bicarbonate of soda to the pud helps it rise. It also helps break down the dates and disperse them through the mixture so they don't sink to the bottom.

Why can't you reheat sticky toffee pudding? ›

Unfortunately though these type of self-saucing puddings do not reheat very well as the sauce tends to thicken and be absorbed by the sponge as the pudding cools. So when you reheat the pudding it will have a sticky base but with very little sauce.

What is the difference between British toffee and American toffee? ›

Americanized toffee may include nuts, while a completely traditional British toffee will not. On the other hand, English toffee uses pure cane sugar, brown sugar, or molasses as its sweet base and always involves chocolate.

What is the difference between figgy pudding and sticky toffee pudding? ›

Like the Christmas pudding and figgy puddings before it, the sticky toffee pudding is usually steamed for maximum moisture. Instead of figs, however, very finely chopped dates are added to the cake, which gets covered in a toffee sauce.

Do Americans have sticky toffee pudding? ›

The beloved British classic is popping up on dessert menus across the United States, from natural wine bars to Harry Potter World. Sticky toffee pudding is a clear communicator.

What do Scots call pudding? ›

Dictionaries of the Scots Language:: DOST :: pudding.

What is a fun fact about sticky toffee pudding? ›

Fun fact: In New Zealand and Australia the dish is called sticky date pudding. Because no one knows exactly where sticky toffee pudding was created, it's unclear how the addition of dates was added, but it's certain you can't make the recipe without them.

Why do you add vinegar to toffee? ›

Made with just sugar and a little water, toffee is easy to make and is an easy introduction to the world of confectionary. This recipe includes a dash of vinegar which will help keep the colour of the toffee clear and bright and banish any cloudiness.

Do I need to refrigerate sticky toffee pudding? ›

Do the puddings need to be refrigerated? Yes!

Can you eat sticky toffee pudding the next day? ›

The dessert is best served fresh, but can be reheated once. The sauce will last for 3 days, in the fridge - will thicken a lot in the fridge.

Why can't you freeze sticky toffee pudding? ›

You could freeze leftover portions of the pudding in an airtight container for up to 1 month. Freeze the sauce in a separate airtight container. Thaw the sponge and sauce overnight in the fridge. Reheat the sponge in the microwave and reheat the sauce in a saucepan over a low heat, stiring occasionally.

Is it OK to freeze sticky toffee pudding? ›

FREEZING. If you don't want to eat the puddings all at once, freeze a few in an ovenproof dish with some of the sauce. Thaw for a few hours and reheat as in step 15.

Where was sticky toffee pudding born? ›

Although its origins are unclear, it was likely invented during the 20th century in the Lake District of northwest England, from where its popularity spread across the country.

What is the British version of American pudding? ›

This pudding terminology is common in North America and some European countries such as the Netherlands, whilst in Britain, egg-thickened puddings are considered custards and starch-thickened puddings called blancmange. Table cream is a dessert, similar to blancmange.

What is the famous British Christmas pudding? ›

Known initially as Pottage, it has also been called Plum Pudding, Figgy Pudding, and Frumenty. Traditionally, Christmas Pudding is served with a healthy drizzle of thick, delicious brandy sauce, which makes this dessert even more indulgent.

What is English toffee called in England? ›

Although named English toffee, it bears little resemblance to the wide range of confectionery known as toffee currently available in the United Kingdom. However, one can still find this product in the UK under the name "butter crunch". Conversely, in Italy they are known as "mou candies".

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