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Sticky Toffee Christmas Pudding Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 1 cup pitted dates, chopped
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup toffee bits

Special Equipment Needed:
- 8-inch round cake pan
- Parchment paper
- Electric mixer
- Large mixing bowl
- Medium mixing bowl
- Whisk
- Rubber spatula
- Saucepan

Step-by-Step Instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease an 8-inch round cake pan and line the bottom with parchment paper.

2. In a medium bowl, combine the chopped dates and baking soda. Pour the boiling water over the dates and set aside.

3. In a large mixing bowl, cream the softened butter and granulated sugar together using an electric mixer until light and fluffy.

4. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla extract.

5. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

6. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, alternating with the date mixture, until everything is well combined.

7. Fold in the toffee bits with a rubber spatula.

8. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and smooth the top with the spatula.

9. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

10. While the pudding is baking, make the toffee sauce. In a saucepan, combine 1/2 cup unsalted butter, 1 cup brown sugar, and 1/2 cup heavy cream. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture comes to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

11. When the pudding is done, remove it from the oven and let it cool for 5 minutes. Then, poke holes all over the top of the pudding with a skewer.

12. Pour half of the toffee sauce over the top of the pudding, allowing it to soak in.

13. Let the pudding cool for another 10 minutes before removing it from the pan and placing it on a serving plate.

14. Serve the pudding warm with the remaining toffee sauce drizzled over the top.

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 35-40 minutes
350°F (180°C)
Serving size:
8 servings

Nutritional information:
Calories per serving: 504
Fat: 23g
Carbohydrates: 73g
Protein: 4g
Sodium: 331mg
Sugar: 56g

Substitutions for ingredients:
- Instead of toffee bits, you can use chopped pecans or walnuts.
- If you don't have brown sugar for the toffee sauce, you can use granulated sugar instead.

- Add 1/2 cup of chopped apples or pears to the batter for a fruity twist.
- Substitute the toffee sauce with a caramel or chocolate sauce.

Tips and Tricks:
- Make sure to chop the dates finely so that they blend well into the batter.
- To make the pudding extra moist, add a tablespoon of molasses to the batter.
- Serve the pudding with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Storage Instructions:
Store any leftover pudding in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Reheating Instructions:
To reheat the pudding, place it in the microwave for 30 seconds or until warm.

Presentation Ideas:
Serve the pudding on a festive plate or cake stand. You can also sprinkle some powdered sugar or cocoa powder over the top for a decorative touch.

Garnish the pudding with a sprig of fresh mint or a dusting of cinnamon.

Pair the pudding with a cup of hot cocoa or a glass of red wine.

Suggested Side Dishes:
Serve the pudding with a side of fresh fruit or a salad for a balanced meal.

Troubleshooting Advice:
- If the pudding is too dry, add a tablespoon of milk to the batter.
- If the pudding is too wet, add a tablespoon of flour to the batter.

Food Safety Advice:
Make sure to cook the pudding until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean to ensure it is fully cooked.

Food History:
Christmas pudding is a traditional British dessert that dates back to the 14th century. It was originally made with meat and spices, but over time, it evolved into a sweet dessert made with dried fruit and spices.

Flavor Profiles:
This sticky toffee Christmas pudding is sweet, rich, and buttery with a hint of toffee flavor.

Serving Suggestions:
Serve the pudding warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream.

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Region: British

Taste: Sweet, Rich, Caramelized, Moist, Fruity, Nutty