Friday, March 4, 2011
Sticky Toffee Pudding
Sticky Toffee Pudding, even the name sounds fun. And it was fun to make. Who ever boils beer then throws in a bit of baking soda to make it fizz? The stench was terrible. Guinness may be beloved to beer drinkers since before the Revolutionary war, but the aroma was horrific. Next time Dr Pepper is going in the pot. I truly had my doubts pouring this double, double toil and trouble concoction over the lovely dates, then pureeing them into a puddle. The batter, on the other hand, filled the kitchen with spicy aroma. Put together with the date puree, there was the faintest lingering aroma of Guinness. By the time it came out of the oven, the smell of Guinness disappeared. Dressed in the toffee sauce with vanilla ice cream and toasted pecans, this was one spectacular dessert. I had just enough light and dark brown sugar for the sauce and it turned out a little lighter than the picture in Rose's book. Everyone, including the grandchildren, loved this pudding cake. Next time I think I'll poke holes in the warm cake and pour the sauce over it. We really liked that sauce!