Old fashioned sticky toffee pudding is a very classic British dessert. It’s rich, sticky, delicious and leaving you wanting more.. It’s best served warm, smothered with hot buttery toffee sauce. The pudding itself can be baked or steamed and is composed of a cake batter made with dates. When I think of decadent desserts, dates are not something that usually comes to mind; however, when dates are cooked slowly, they take on a sweet almost caramel flavor. So, while this pudding isn’t exactly health food, the dates do add some good nutritional value – just a little something to ease the guilt as you tuck into this buttery confection.
I’d never used my SousVide Supreme to steam puddings before, but I was really delighted with the results. These were the lightest fluffiest sticky toffee puddings I have ever made. The fact that the SousVide Supreme can keep a constant temperature meant that I could relax and let the puddings steam for three hours without once having to check the water level or the temperature. I will definitely be using my SousVide Supreme to make puddings in future and I’m looking forward to experimenting with different flavors.
Tip* Most recipes for sticky toffee pudding call for you to line the top and bottom of the ramekins with parchment paper. I find a flatted cupcake liner works perfectly well to line the bottom and top of the ramekin. Using cupcake liners will save you a lot of time measuring and cutting out circles of parchment paper.
- 1/2 tablespoon (7g) butter, for greasing ramekins
- 1 -1/8 cups (150g) chopped dates
- 1 teaspoon (5 ml) bicarbonate of soda
- 1-1/8 cups (250ml) hot water
- 4 tablespoons (60g) butter
- 3/8 cup (60g) light brown sugar
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1¼ cups (150g) all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon (5ml) baking powder
- ½ cup (75g) light brown sugar
- ¾ cup (150ml) heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons (28g) butter
- Pinch of salt
- Begin by filling the SousVide Supreme up to the fill line. Arrange 6 empty ramekins on a baking rack, and then add more water so that it reaches half way up the side of the ramekins.
- Remove and dry the ramekins and grease each one with butter. Line the bottom of each ramekin with a flattened cupcake liner.
- Preheat the SousVide Supreme to 195°F/91°C
- Put the chopped dates, hot water and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl and leave to soften.
- Meanwhile cream the butter in a food processor until light and fluffy. Gradually add the beaten egg, beating well to combine.
- Next, add the flour and baking powder and mix together before adding the date mixture (including the water). Beat well together.
- Divide the cake batter evenly into the six ramekins. Cover the top of each ramekin with a second flattened cupcake, then place a circle of tin foil on top and secure the foil with an elastic band (rubber band) or piece of kitchen string.
- Put the ramekins in the water bath and leave to cook for three hours.
- Meanwhile, to make the toffee sauce. Put the brown sugar, half the cream, all the butter and the salt into a small heavy bottomed saucepan over medium heat.
- Cook, stirring all the time, until the sugar has dissolved, then turn up the heat and cook for a further 3 to 4 minutes, until you have a glossy sauce. Add the rest of the cream and cook until bubbling and golden brown. Reserve the sauce for serving.
- Once the puddings have cooked, carefully take them from water bath using an oven glove or tongs.
- Remove and discard the top layer of foil and parchment liner. Using a sharp knife, trace around the edges of the ramekins, then invert the puddings onto serving plates. Remove the parchment paper from each one.
- Warm the toffee sauce over a medium heat. Serve the puddings with hot toffee sauce poured on top. Delicious served with cream or custard, as well.
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