Sticky toffee pudding is a British steamed dessert consisting of a very moist sponge cake, made with finely chopped dates, covered in a toffee sauce and often served with a vanilla custard or vanilla ice-cream. Known as a sticky date pudding in Australia and New Zealand, it is considered a modern British ‘classic’ by various British experts, alongside Bread and butter pudding, Jam Roly-Poly and Spotted Dick puddings.
Francis Coulson developed and served sticky toffee pudding at his Sharrow Bay Country House Hotel in the Lake District in the 1970s. Food critic Simon Hopkinson claimed that Coulson told him he got the recipe from a Patricia Martin of Claughton in Lancashire. Martin had published the recipe in a compilation that later became The Good Food Guide Dinner Party Book, and first served the dish at her country hotel. Coulson's recipe only differs from Martin's in the sauce. Her son later told Hopkinson that she had originally gotten the recipe from two Canadian air force officers who had lodged at her hotel during the Second World War. According to Hopkinson, this Canadian origin makes sense, as the pudding uses a batter more akin to that of an American muffin, rather than an English sponge.
One of the largest and best known producers of sticky toffee puddings is located in the village of Cartmel in Cumbria (Cartmel is also located in the traditional area known as "Lancashire Over The Sands"), called Cartmel Village Shop. 2,000 sticky toffee puddings are made there each week.
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- ^ http://www.sharrowbay.co.uk/dining/stick-toffee-pudding
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