Let’s be honest, December is not a time for dieting! It’s a time for all the food! When it comes to Christmas desserts, is there anyone that even likes Christmas pudding? To me it just tastes like a load of spirits mixed together with some cooked fruit! If you’re looking for an alternative dessert this Christmas I might have just the thing!
I thought I’d share with you a recipe for a festive spin on a really tasty dessert, a spiced sticky toffee pudding. The addition of the seasonal spices are bound to make it a winner at the Christmas table. What’s more this recipe can feed up to 8 hungry mouths!
- Pre heat the oven to 160°c and line a 20cm deep baking tin
- Finely chop the dates and put into a sauce pan with the hot tea and simmer for a few minutes until the dates have softened.
- Cream together the butter and sugar in a bowl or food processor.
- Add the eggs, flour, bicarbonate of soda, stem ginger, mixed peel, mixed spice, cinnamon and dates.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared baking tin and bake in the oven until the top is firm/golden brown.
- Then the best part of any baking…. eating the left over sponge mixture!
- Place all the ingredients in a jug and microwave for 1 minute or until the sugar has dissolved. Remove and stir and continue to cook until the sauce is smooth and hot. You’ll need to stop yourself from eating the toffee sauce as I found out!
Divide the sponge and serve with the hot sauce and a drizzle of double cream or icecream if you prefer! It’s such a tasty dessert and would make a great addition to the Christmas day menu.
- 85g butter
- 175g caster sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 175g self raising flour
- 250g dates roughly chopped
- 200ml hot black tea
- 1 tsp bicarbonate soda
- 100g crystalised stem ginger
- 75g mixed peel
- 1 tsp ground mixed spice
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
For the sauce
- 100g butter
- 100g light muscavado or light brown sugar
- 125mls double cream
If you like sticky toffee pudding or just have a sweet tooth I’d definitely recommend you try this recipe. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. Sticky toffee pudding hasn’t always been my favourite dessert but this recipe has reignited my love for it… I cannot wait to have another piece! And that’s even after I realised that dates are an actual ingredient in this amazing cake!