We were having some friends round for lunch and it was a bit of short notice, so I didn’t really have time to think about what I wanted to ‘create’.
I decided it needed to be special but quick…..
I remembered watching one of the many cooking programs and loving the idea of ‘self saucing puddings’ so I set about looking for the ‘right’ recipe. I used the basis of this recipe dark brown sugar is really the best to use here, it makes sure you have a really butterscotch/caramel flavour.
I usually spend quite a bit of time, researching various recipes and tweaking the recipes based on various recipes and my take on it, however this time I didn’t have time to mess around, so it was a matter of making sure I had all the ingredients and making the dessert.
The attraction with this dessert/pudding was the fact that it gets eaten hot/warm so I didn’t need to get up at the crack of dawn (well nothing unusual) to get the cooking started and another point was that I didn’t have a lot of eggs as our hens had decided with the change in the weather it was a bit too cold to sit and lay eggs.
This recipe was a revelation, completely contradicts anything that I am used to with regards to mixing and getting lots of air into the sponge mixture to ensure the final result is a delicious light sponge with butter scotch sauce… Well I urge you to try this, it is a great dessert/pudding, ideal when you don’t have a lot of time or surprise guests, perfect for Sunday lunch or one of those nights that you need a sweet fix…
The other ‘crazy’ thing about this recipe that is more bizarre than anything I have ever made, so if I said mix the base of the pudding together and place in the bottom of the cake time, then top with the sugar mixture and then…….. pour boiling water over the top and place in the oven….. well really these are the steps of this pudding, all that being said it was a fantastic dessert/pudding for any occasion.
There are quite a few different versions of this recipe, lots of chocolate ones and then some with lemon curd, so there is plenty to try with the holidays coming up. The list below I have not tested yet, so if you do, then please let me know and what the results are.
Sticky Date Self Saucing Pudding This has to be top of the list as it sounds like sticky toffee pudding.
The final result is a delicious dessert, with a crust on the top of the pudding, light fluffy sponge and hot caramel sauce on the bottom….. Please try it, it really is a must.
I will come back and update this post as I make the other versions, but I am really delighted with this version and will be trying it out again.