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The Hairy Bikers' sticky toffee pudding

It’s Sunday - you’ve got the family round and everyone deserves a treat. Discover how to make sticky toffee pudding, Hairy Bikers style.

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The Hairy Bikers say: There’s nothing better than a bowlful of this greatest of Cumbrian classics on a rainy winter Sunday. It warms you up and cheers you up. And it’s a great recipe for when you’re entertaining friends and family, as you can get it all prepared in advance then heat it through when you’re ready to eat.

The Hairy Bikers’ British Classics by Si King and Dave Myers is published by Seven Dials

Serves: 6 - 8


50g butter, plus extra for greasing

200g pitted dates, roughly chopped

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

300ml just-boiled water

75g light soft brown sugar

75g dark muscovado sugar

2 eggs

175g self-raising flour

For the sauce

125g butter

75g light soft brown sugar

50g dark muscovado sugar

200ml double or whipping cream

Pinch of salt


  • Preheat the oven to 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4. Butter an ovenproof dish – either a large traditional oval one or a brownie tin measuring about 20 x 30cm.

  • Put the dates and bicarb in a bowl and cover with the just-boiled water then leave to stand

  • Put the 50g of butter and the sugars in a bowl and beat with an electric beater until very soft and fluffy. Add the eggs, one a time, adding a heaped tablespoon of flour with each addition. Fold in the rest of the flour.

  • Add the dates and their soaking water and stir briefly to combine, then pour into the prepared dish. Bake the pudding in the oven for 25-30 minutes, or until it is springy to the touch and slightly shrinking away from the sides.

  • While the pudding is baking, make the sauce. Put all the ingredients in a pan, place over a low heat and stir until the butter has melted and the sugars have dissolved. Turn up the heat and bring to the boil, then simmer for a few minutes, until the sauce has thickened to the consistency of a light custard - it should coat the back of a spoon.

  • While the pudding is still hot, poke holes over the surface and pour over half the sauce. Leave the pudding to stand for a while – if you like, you can leave it for a couple of days and it will just get stickier.

  • When you’re ready to eat, warm it through again and serve with the rest of the sauce, also warmed through. Serve with cream or ice cream.

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