#GreatBloggersBakeOff2014 Week Four: Desserts

Monday 1 September 2014 by

Week Four: Desserts
Sticky Toffee Pudding

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It’s a bit of a rollercoaster for me with GBBO; alternating success with mishap, I’m never sure my grand plans will ever come off. But with Desserts week, and the prospect of saucy puddings, I knew exactly what I was going to do. Sticky toffee pudding is a family favourite, and my mother’s recipe is infamous. Although it’s not been attempted gluten free before (I normally end up staring longingly as everyone else chows down), with some care and attention, we’ve got it just right. This recipe makes enough for six generous portions, so if you’re doing it in ramekins, you will have to adjust the amounts.

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You will need:

  • Cake tin (or ramekins)
  • Bowl
  • Whisk
  • Pan
  • Wooden spoon

Ingredients:

  • 5oz butter
  • 6oz light brown sugar
  • 10fl double cream
  • 4oz dates
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 egg
  • 4oz gluten free self-raising flour
  • ½ tsp xanthan gum
  • 2oz raisins (you can use walnuts instead)

How to make it:

Pre-heat your oven to 180°C/160°C fan.

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Warm 3 ounces of the butter, 4 ounces of sugar and the cream together. Vigorously boil for 3 minutes until it turns in to the lovely caramel colour of sticky toffee sauce. Pour a small amount in to the bottom of your cake tin/ramekins and put the rest aside for serving.

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Pour 4 fluid ounces of boiling water over the dates and sprinkle in the bicarbonate of soda (it should fizz a bit) and leave for 10 minutes. They do need the full 10 minutes, so no short cuts.

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Beat together the remaining sugar and butter with the egg and dates and then stir in the flour, xanthan gum and raisins. Once mixed in, it will be quite a dry batter, but don’t worry, spoon into your cake tin/ramekins.

Sticky toffee pudding, Great Bloggers Bake Off 2014, GBBO, Baking, Gluten free

If you’re using a cake tin, you will  need to bake for 35-45 minutes, until the sponge is cooked through (if a knife comes out clean it’s done, but remember the sauce will make it harder to check!) But if you’re doing it in ramekins as I did, you’re only going to need about 20-25 minutes – just keep an eye on them and use your best judgement.

Sticky toffee pudding, Great Bloggers Bake Off 2014, GBBO, Baking, Gluten free

Serve with any (or all!) of the following: sticky toffee sauce, cream, custard or vanilla ice cream. Serve warm for best results!

The verdict:

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I am so pleased I have a gluten free sticky toffee pudding recipe! It’s a flavour of childhood for me, and the raisins (instead of walnuts) make it super soft and squidgy. I love it. I tend to have it with sticky toffee sauce and cream or ice cream because I love hot puddings with cold sauces. The added xanthan gum makes it lovely and sticky, just like I remember from before. I made six ramekins-worth on Saturday, and I think there is only one left! Delicious, delicious, delicious. Sticky toffee pudding might not be the prettiest pudding in the world, but it is arguably the best tasting. Hurrah! Now we’re moving in to more autumnal weather, I’m looking forward to pies and crumbles and bread and butter pudding, and sticky toffee is just another winter warming dessert. We often have it instead of Christmas pudding on Christmas day, and now I’ll be able to join in too!

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If you’re making a standard (non-gluten free) pudding, switch the flour to normal self-raising and lose the xanthan gum.

Sticky toffee pudding, Great Bloggers Bake Off 2014, GBBO, Baking, Gluten free

Week Four: Success

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4 Comments

  1. just pop me a straw in that bottle of toffee sauce!

    • Fran

      I tell you what, it was tempting! Already planning round two of these – going to treat my grandparents (my granny is a coeliac)!

  2. i agree with Helen your toffee sauce looks good enough to drink with a straw lol
    well done on your baking success – yay!I love sticky toffee pud and i would be gutted if I were not able to eat any so i can imagine your delight!
    Thanks for linking up x

    • Fran

      Honestly, I think I’m looking forward to Christmas already purely because I can eat sticky toffee pudding.

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