Schlafly’s Sticky Toffee Pudding

schlafly(1)We love this dessert from the awesome Schlafly Bottleworks in St Louis, so we tried to make it ourselves. Schlafly makes the recipe available on their website, and I am presenting it below in a neighbor dinner friendly format. 🙂 The Bottleworks serves this cake in huge squares with vanilla bean whipped cream on the side. Delicious, but we preferred smaller serving sizes and the incomparable Haagen-Dazs Ginger Ice Cream. Sadly, this flavor appears to have been discontinued….recommend trying this homemade version found over at Eating Well.

Ingredients

  • Oils/Spices: pinch salt, 3 tsp vanilla extract,
  • Baking: 1 lb. sugar, 1 lb AP flour, 2 tsp. baking powder, 1 lb dark brown sugar
  • Produce: 1 lb dates
  • Dairy: 5 oz.unsalted butter, 5 large eggs, 1 lb salted butter, 1 cup heavy cream
  • Other: 2 c. Hot water, 2 tsp.Baking soda

Instructions

  • Chop dates in food processor
  • Preheat conventional oven to 350 F.
  • Grease 1 9″ x 13″ pan with unsalted butter and coat lightly with flour, shake out excess flour.
  • Combine dates with hot water in a saucepan, bring to boil, then remove from heat.
  • Add baking soda to dates and set aside to cool.
  • In a mixing bowl cream butter and sugar on high speed for 3 minutes.
  • With mixer on low speed, add eggs one at a time until fully incorporated.
  • Add flour, baking powder, salt and 2 tsp vanilla extract to mixer and combine thoroughly.
  • When fully mixed add the dates and their liquid.
  • Place batter into greased pan and bake in preheated oven about 30-45 mis.
  • While cake is baking, stir together brown sugar, salted butter and 1 tsp vanilla extract on low heat, until brown sugar is melted.
  • Whisk heavy cream into brown sugar mixture. Welcome to delicious caramel sauce!
  • When cake is done (insert a skewer in the middle and make sure it comes out clean), cool it on a baking rack before removing from the pan.
  • Spoon warm caramel sauce over individual servings of warm STP and cold ice cream or whipped cream (optional).

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