As those of you who read my blog regularly will know, I enjoy cooking and baking and have posted lots of recipes on here over the years. However, I have never attempted Sticky Toffee Pudding before. That changed last Saturday. Sophie and her step children, Taylor and Amber, were coming to ours for dinner so I decided to make pizzas from scratch, dough and all, and Sticky Toffee Pudding. I must have been having a good baking day because they were both delicious – even though I say so myself. So much so, I thought I would share with you the recipe I used.
Sticky Toffee Pudding
- 160g dates roughly chopped
- 150ml boiling water
- 1tsp vanilla extract
- 90g butter
- 150g light muscovado sugar
- 2 large free range eggs
- 2 tbsp black treacle
- 175g self raising flour
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 100ml milk ( I used almond milk)
For the toffee sauce:
- 225g light muscovado sugar
- 100g unsalted butter
- 275ml double cream
- 1 tbsp black treacle
1. Soak chopped dates in the boiling water. Leave for 30 minutes then add vanilla extract and blend for approx 30 seconds in the nutri bullet or similar.
2. Grease a 1.2 litre dish and turn on oven to 170/ fan 150/ gas 3
3. Cream butter and sugar together. Add eggs one at a time and then the treacle.
4. Mix the bicarbonate of soda into the flour. Add a third of the flour into the mixture followed by a third of the milk. Repeat until all flour and milk used, then add the date mixture. Spoon into the greased dish and bake for 50 minutes until risen and firm to touch. Leave to cool for 20 minutes.
5. After 15 minutes make toffee sauce. Put butter, sugar and half the cream in a heavy based saucepan and warm gently. When the sugar has melted add the black treacle and turn up the heat and bubble for 2 – 3 minutes. Take off the heat and stir in the rest of the cream until thoroughly mixed. Prick the pudding all over with a fork and pour half of the sauce over it. Allow to soak in for 15 minutes keeping the rest of the sauce warm.
6. Serve with Madagascan Vanilla ice cream or cream. It serves 10 – 12 and reheats well in the microwave.
I won’t be doing any home cooking this Saturday, as I have a very full day at QVC. It is the Philosophy TSV and once again they have been very generous with this offer in terms of the supersizes, which could easily be divided into three Christmas presents, as everything comes individually boxed. There are four options to choose from: Amazing Grace, which one reviewer has described as ‘femininity in a bottle’, Baby Grace, Pure Grace, which could easily be unisex, and Falling in Love, which is again very feminine. If you’ve never tried the bath and shower gel before, it gives creamy bubbles and is suitable to wash your hair in too. Then there is the Eau de Parfum and also the Whipped body lotion. I’m on with it at 11am and again at 5pm for fuller descriptions and a whole host of other Philosophy goodies, but if you’re going to be out, you can already get the offer on pre-order.
I’ve actually got quite a fragrant QVC weekend, as I’m on with an hour of Miller Harris on Sunday at 4pm followed by two hours of diamonds from 6 – 8pm. I had three hours of Diamonique yesterday and if you were admiring my hair, the look had been achieved using the brand new Dyson Airwrap. We’ve all been having training on this product this week and it launches on-air on Wednesday 1st November.
It is pricey BUT we have it on Easy Payments and Dyson themselves are already out of stock with a four week waiting list. It’s brand new technology for a hair tool – it doesn’t suck your hair into a curl so there is no danger of your hair getting trapped. Do watch the launch shows, as I think you will be ‘blown away’ – that is a little joke that you will only appreciate when you’ve watched the presentation!
So, I mentioned on last Friday’s blog that they had been in to measure for the glass splashback behind the cooker. It was due to arrive today, but I received a call on Monday evening to say it had arrived early and they could fit it on Tuesday.
It’s quite bright, particularly when the cooker hood lights are on, but I LOVE it! It even has a bit of sparkle in it.
We are also finally getting around to papering the walls in the dining area of the family room. I say ‘we’ when I actually mean Chris, and I don’t think I am his favourite person at the moment (maybe the wedding is off!!!!) The three rolls of wallpaper have been in the boot of my car since I bought them back in August and he kept making excuses not to get started. The reason? It’s striped wallpaper, and as anyone who lives in an older style property will know, the walls are never straight. I think he’s doing a great job and at least he didn’t have to match up a pattern!
We took advantage of the sunny/dry weather to paint the skirting boards and dado rail for the downstairs loo/shower room outside, rather than risk getting paint on the new tiles. They are not attached to the walls yet though, as the stripy wallpaper took precedence. Also the over-island lights finally arrived after a four week wait of just having light bulbs hanging down. It finally feels as though we are getting to the ‘finishing touches’ stage. Well, apart from the utility room, conservatory, decking area, garden… okay, there is still a way to go!
Do remember to put your clocks back this weekend for that all-important extra hour in bed and I should be able to share my very exciting news on here next week, so watch this space!