Sticky Date Pudding, is a popular dessert in Australia and New Zealand. The British call this steamed dessert Sticky Toffee Pudding and are so fond of it they often refer to it as STP. If a country uses an acronym for a dessert I think it must be worth checking out…so I did.
Referred to as a modern British classic most sources follow the roots of this dessert all the way back to Canada. Surprising I’d say…my mom never made Sticky Date Pudding.
I was introduced to this delicious dessert from my Canadian born Australian friend. We made it when I was visiting her in Australia and we both love it. My gluten free version of Sticky Date Pudding is in no way a compromise.
When I hear pudding I think of the creamy smooth, often milk-based, dessert my mom spooned out of a can or sometimes made from a box. Some countries would call this custard. In Canada it’s pudding.
But I’m sure you’ve heard of Christmas pudding, plum pudding and figgy pudding (even Yorkshire pudding) so clearly there is more than one definition. This dessert is really just a cake made with dates. Adding caramel sauce makes it sticky and irresistible. Adding extra whipped cream, or ice cream if you prefer, just makes a fabulous combination. The whole strawberry on top seems like tradition.
Every pantry needs flour but a gluten free pantry needs a variety of flours. In this recipe I used my gluten free flour mix which is a combination of 60% starch and 40% whole grain flours. I have had excellent results baking muffins and quick breads with this flour mix.
Caramel sauce is what makes this cake sticky and I love the easy version I’m sharing here. If you have kids in the house, no matter how old they are, get them in the kitchen making this caramel sauce. Only three ingredients turns into a sticky, sweet sauce no one can resist. It is the kind of science experiment that is guaranteed to be successful and can create some fun in the kitchen.
Let me know in the comments below what you think of this dessert. Did you know it was Canadian? Did your mom make it? I think it sounds like a great fall or winter dessert…and it would also be perfect for the Christmas season.
|STICKY DATE PUDDING|
|1⅓ cups pitted dates, chopped|
|1 tsp baking soda|
|1¾ cups boiling water|
|1 cup butter, room temperature|
|1 cup sugar|
|1 tsp vanilla|
|2 cups gluten free flour|
|1 Tbsp baking powder|
|½ tsp salt|
|¾ cup brown sugar|
|1 cup whipping cream|
|7 Tbsp butter|
|GARNISH – whipped cream, whole strawberries|
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