Is this the most popular recipe ever shown on TV?
James Martin’s sticky toffee pudding
The web has been buzzing after James Martin won over Scarborough Hospital’s Catering Manager, Pat – and she allowed him to put this pudding on their menu – much to the delight of patients.
However, it wasn’t without a fight between the two of them (all friendly – I think!) James said the pudding had to be made with butter (first problem), then Pat said the sauce wasn’t thick enough, so James said it would have to be made with double instead of single cream – and twice the calories. Eventually it was made with single cream, which wasn’t thick enough for Pat but the patients approved!
We still haven’t been able to get the authentic recipe out of anyone, probably because I suspect there is going to be a cookbook somewhere – but will let everyone know if I get it. Meanwhile I did ‘tweak’ a couple of recipes. I did try to get permission to quote them; so if you like it copy it quickly before I get chucked in jail!
- 110ml/4fl oz double cream
- 55g/2oz butter, diced
- 55g/2oz dark muscovado sugar
- 2 tbsp black treacle
- 1 tbsp golden syrup
- vanilla ice cream, to serve
This is James’ recipe off the BBC website – but for the hospital he used single cream, and cut out the ice cream.
Cream the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy. Add the golden syrup, treacle and eggs, a little at a time, and blend until smooth. Add the flour and blend until well combined. Transfer to a bowl.
Meanwhile, chop dates or blend with boiling water in a food processor to a smooth purée. Stir in the bicarbonate of soda and vanilla.
Pour the date mixture into the pudding batter and stir until well combined.
Pour the mixture into the moulds and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the top is springy and golden-brown.
To make the sauce, heat all of the ingredients in a pan, stirring occasionally, until boiling.
To serve, remove the puddings from the moulds, pour over the sauce and serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
And if visiting someone in hospital, you could make lots of friends by making one each for other patients in ward, plus enough for staff, and asking Sister if you can use the ward microwave to heat up.