OMG! Mike has been asking me to make this for a while and I finally gave in, especially once I discovered that this cake is the same thing as what in England they call “Sticky Toffee Pudding”. How could I refuse after such discovery? 😛 Also it seemed the perfect dinner treat as the weather is getting frosty and cold!
250gr pitted dates, chopped (they are quite sticky so it might take a while to cut them up)
1 1/2 boiling water
1 tsp baking soda
125gr butter softened
1 cup of brown sugar
1 3/4 cups self rising flour sifted (I used plain flour and just added baking powder when sifting it)
300 ml cream
1 cup brown sugar
60 gr butter
Turn oven on 180° and line a cake pan (22cm, round)
In a bowl place dates, boiling water and baking soda, let it sit for 20mins.
In another bowl, beat the butter, sugar until fluffy then add one egg at the time.
With a metal spoon, fold in the batter the dates and the flour till evenly combined. Pour the batter in the pan and put it in the oven for 40 mins.
Meanwhile, make the toffee. Put all the ingredients in a pan at a medium temperature. When it starts boiling lower the heat to low and let it simmer for a couple of minutes or until it thickens and take off the heat. Who knew making toffee was that SIMPLE?!
Once the cake is ready, put it on a plate. With the handle of a spoon/fork anything really, make holes in the cake and pour 1/2 cup of the prepared toffee.
And voilà! When serving the slices, pour more the remaining hot toffee on the cake. It was wonderfully delicious and we finished it in one sitting… 😛 Winter is coming (on this side of the hemisphere anyways!)
Enjoy. Ciao for now! xox