Why Have I Never Made This Before??


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!

Much love,
Julia xx


  1. Linda October 26, 2018 at 5:41 pm -  Reply

    Thanks for your sticky toffee pudding recipe Julia, looks yummy. You should do a recipe book, I’m a veggie too. I’ve been trying to guess your news looking forward to next week’s blog .

  2. Anne Bell October 26, 2018 at 6:21 pm -  Reply

    Looks fabulous Julia.

  3. anne graham October 26, 2018 at 7:01 pm -  Reply

    love the magneta splashback, more striking than red be lovely to spend time in the kitchen in preparation for Christmas

  4. samantha October 27, 2018 at 12:30 am -  Reply

    hi julia, great blog again as usual the sticky toffee pud looks delicious i’m going to give it a whirl. i know what hard work it is having all the house done we’ve had our garden and house completely renovated this year been meaning to do it for ages and finally did it this year, exhausting but so glad it’s all finished now in time for christmas although it’s been hard going especially being in and out of hospital too, expeted to be in again before christmas. i thought this year is the year to do all the house and even treated myself to a brand new sports car too, life’s too short and you can’t take it with you so enjoy it all while we can isn’t it. your keeping us in suspense with your news thought first it could be that you’ve booked your wedding for next year but i think it could actually be that your going to be a grandmother and that sophie’s having a baby, could i possibly be right i wonder! the house is looking lovely and hope you your family and the fur babies are all well, we absolutely love animals and have four cats who are absolutely ruined, take care x.

  5. Christine Cairns October 27, 2018 at 9:17 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia – I always enjoy reading your blog. Just wanted to say I really like your new splashback – I think it’s a nice pop of colour to compliment the grey tones. Thanks for the recipe – I think I’ll give that a try.

  6. Sally Adaway October 27, 2018 at 11:15 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia,

    I love the splashback, I have one not quite as big as yours though mine is more of a purple and have work top savers in the same.

    I wanted to ask a question about Philosophy, I have always had a very sensitive skin so can not use anything that has perfume in it and for years only used the Simple brand until I discovered Molton brown back in 1994 never looked back and now use all the elemis, Gatineau, L,occitane , decleor, liz earle etc for me to have a bubble bath now is pure heaven, but was wondering as you have mentioned before you have a sensitive skin do you think it would be ok to use philosophy.
    Regards. Sally

  7. Rosaline Greening October 27, 2018 at 2:32 pm -  Reply

    Iโ€™m going to try your recipe for sticky toffee pudding for Christmas Day enjoyed your blog particularly as we are thinking of having a new kitchen. Eek ๐Ÿ˜‚

  8. Kathy October 27, 2018 at 5:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Well your revamping of your home is coming on nicely, always something to do whether it’s painting or papering . ! I do like the colour of the splash back behind the cooker a nice splash of colour. We have a large panel of Stainless Steel behind ours as our kitchen is Shiney Black and stainless steel, we steam it every so often to keep it looking nice. You have nearly finished your decorating while we have just started, well downstairs anyway. Upstairs we did early spring , not 50 shades of grey but of white. Not brilliant white i hasen to add, white walls with grey carpets/ curtains in all rooms except bathroom, with splashes of colour…Not in a rush to finish down stairs though. Sad to read you hurt your knee while on holiday hope it has healed now, and not causing you any problems. I stood on a Oriental Hornet while in Cyprus in September, lots about this time of the year, luckily Ian had just brought out a iced drink , so i poured it straight on the the sting, didn’t cause me any problems though. I hear still no wedding date to announce to us yet, waiting to see if your chosen destination is on our short list of 6 for our renewing of vows. lol. And exciting news next week on your blog ….. can it be your next book or another engagement in the family. ! So glad Sophie is settled with her new family, and in her new home too… looking forward to reading next weeks blog.
    Take care.
    Kathy x

  9. Sheila Mitchell October 28, 2018 at 11:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia enjoyed the Diamonds show tonight. Can you tell me if the trilogy ring is the same as the one you have been wearing…I didn’t see it properly but I didn’t think it was. Is your one being sold on QVC and if so what is the number? Have been doing lots of QVC Christmas shopping…as usual. Thanks and your house is looking lovely. Sheila

  10. Vanessa Hart October 31, 2018 at 2:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia I absolutely love the magenta splash back itโ€™s stunning.Would also like to say I have read your Trilogy and have thoroughly enjoyed them.

  11. Christine November 3, 2018 at 3:44 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia love your kitchen and striped wallpaper very stylish, looking forwards to receiving
    my kitchen aid mixer and trying your sticky toffee pudding recipe

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