Sticky toffee pudding

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Sticky Toffee Pudding
Type Pudding
Course Dessert
Place of origin United Kingdom
Main ingredients Sponge cake, dates, toffee
Cookbook: Sticky Toffee Pudding  Media: Sticky Toffee Pudding

Sticky toffee pudding is a British dessert consisting of a very moist sponge cake, made with finely chopped dates, covered in a toffee sauce and often served with a vanilla custard or vanilla ice-cream.[1] Known as a sticky date pudding in Australia and New Zealand, it is considered a modern British ‘classic’ by various British experts,[2][3] alongside bread and butter pudding, Jam Roly-Poly and Spotted Dick puddings.


Francis Coulson and Robert Lee developed and served sticky toffee pudding at his Sharrow Bay Country House Hotel in the Lake District in the 1970s.[4][unreliable source?] Food critic Simon Hopkinson claimed that Coulson told him he got the recipe from a Patricia Martin of Claughton in Lancashire.[5] Martin had published the recipe in a compilation that later became The Good Food Guide Dinner Party Book, and first served the dish at her country hotel. Coulson's recipe only differs from Martin's in the sauce.[6][5] Her son later told Hopkinson that she had originally got the recipe from two Canadian air force officers who had lodged at her hotel during the Second World War.[5] According to Hopkinson, this Canadian origin makes sense, as the pudding uses a batter more akin to that of an American muffin, rather than an English sponge.[5]


  1. ^ "Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe - OAKDEN". 12 July 2011. Retrieved 12 December 2017. 
  2. ^ Hopkinson, Simon (18 February 2008). "Mrs Martin's moment of genius". London: The Guardian/The Observer. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  3. ^ Grant, Richard E. "Sticky toffee pudding". BBC. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "The First Sticky Toffee Pudding - Luxury Lake District Hotel". Retrieved 12 December 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c d Hopkinson, Simon (17 February 2008). "Simon Hopkinson updates the classic sticky toffee pud". Retrieved 12 December 2017. 
  6. ^ "Everton 3 Newcastle 2 match report: Romelu Lukaku earns an instant". 30 September 2013. Retrieved 12 December 2017. 

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