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Serves 4

Both the sauce and the pudding can be made in advance and reheated before serving.

TOFFEE SAUCE

1cup dark brown sugar
¾cup heavy cream
½stick butter
3tablespoons light corn syrup

1. In a medium saucepan, combine the brown sugar, cream, butter, and corn syrup.

2. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat to a simmer and cook for 6-8 minutes, stirring until slightly thickened. Keep warm.

PUDDING

Butter (for the tins)
6ounces pitted dates, chopped
½cup water
1tablespoon orange juice
½teaspoon baking soda
½stick butter
¼cup light brown sugar
¼cup dark brown sugar
1egg plus 1 egg yolk
1teaspoon vanilla extract
1cup flour
¼teaspoon baking powder
teaspoon salt
Whipped cream, ice cream, or clotted cream (for serving)

1. Set the oven at 350 degrees. Lightly butter 4 1-cup muffin tins or ramekins. In a small saucepan, combine the chopped dates with the water and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to a simmer and cook 8 minutes, or until the liquid thickens and the dates are very soft. Stir in the orange juice and let cool to room temperature. Add the baking soda and stir to combine.

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2. In an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugars at medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Lower the speed, add the egg and the yolk, and beat until combined. Add the vanilla extract and beat until combined.

3. Add the date mixture to the bowl and beat until combined.

4. In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt and stir to combine. Add to the bowl and mix just until incorporated. Do not overmix.

5. Remove the bowl from the mixer stand. Divide the batter among the muffin tins and bake for 25-30 minutes. Let cool for 6-8 minutes. Run the tip of a paring knife around the edge of each sticky toffee pudding to loosen it from the tin and carefully remove.

6. Place the puddings on a baking sheet, and using a kitchen skewer or knitting needle, poke about 6 holes in the top of each pudding. Generously spoon the toffee sauce onto the tops of the puddings, letting it seep into the holes.

7. Serve with whipped cream, ice cream, or clotted cream, with the remaining sauce on the side. Gordon Hamersley


Gordon Hamersley can be reached at cookingwithgordonhamersley@gmail.com

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