You may wonder why anyone should bother to post about something as everyday as sticky toffee pudding, especially when the only picture is of a solitary slice. The reason is simple, that it was wonderful, the best I have ever made (I have only ever made it twice before) and it doesn't contain any dates. For reasons that I don't understand, Nick hates dates in his STP.
I made this for a family gathering on a cold wintry day when comfort food of the non-exotic kind was in order. In other words, Dad and his lady friend were amongst the guest and at their ages (90 and 83) fancy food that's hard to chew would not have gone down well!
The recipe comes from Mary Berry's "Family Sunday Lunches" and is definitely a winner. It made a huge pudding and even with most people having seconds there was still one piece left for me to photograph later. It was delicious. You can find it in several places on the internet, one of which is here.
Of course, another reason for posting is that I know exactly where to find the recipe when I next need it! Although it is so unbelievably sweet and bad for you that it won't be very soon. My other attempts at STP can be seen here but I have to say that this recipe is my favourite so far.
(I dare say that if you don't have stem ginger in syrup in stock, a couple of teaspoons of ground ginger would do the job instead.)
For the pudding
75g softened butter (I used Lurpak Spreadable)
150g light muscovado sugar
2 large eggs
175g self raising flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tblsp black treacle
1 tsp vanilla extract
5 pieces of stem ginger, finely chopped
For the sauce
250g light muscovado sugar
400ml double cream
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 180 C / 160 Fan / gas mk 4. Butter a large 2 litre shallow baking dish. A lasagne dish is perfect.
For the pudding whisk the butter and sugar with an electric whisk in a large bowl until light and creamy. Add all the other pudding ingredients and whisk until smooth. Pour into the dish and bake for 50-55 minutes until risen and springy.
While the pudding is in the oven, make the sauce by putting all the ingredients into a saucepan. Heat gently until the butter has melted then boil for 2 minutes, stirring all the time.
Pour half of the sauce over the cooked pudding and serve the rest in a jug, possibly with another jug of cream, so that people can help themselves.