Sticky Toffee Pudding

I’ve always been amused by the way a word can mean one thing in the US and something completely different in the UK. For example, if you go to a restaurant in England and order “chips”, expect to get a side of what we call “french fries”. If you were looking for what we call “Potato Chips”,you need to ask for “Crisps”. A biscuit in England is a cookie to us, squash to them is a type of juice drink, and sherbet is a type of powdered candy!

Aunty's Sticky Toffee
Aunty's Sticky Toffee

However, the most recent one I’ve discovered is pudding. To those in England, pudding is not necessarily that creamy dessert made with milk and gelatin that we think of when we hear the word. Actually, according to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, the British meaning of the word pudding is “dessert”, and can refer to several different dishes such as pies with custard, trifles, sponge cakes with topping, or one of many other mouth watering dishes.

When I stumbled onto a product called Aunty’s Sticky Toffee pudding, I wanted to be adventurous and give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised by the entire experience. It wasn’t at all what I had expected. First of all, even though I knew that there wasn’t actually “pudding” in the item, I expected something creamy and only semi-solid. Actually, the sticky toffee pudding was a dense, moist sponge cake made with dates and covered in thick toffee syrup.

Before you eat it, you put it in the microwave for a few seconds, which heats up the sauce, gets the cake soft and gooey, and makes it absolutely delectable! I took the dessert even a step further and grabbed the vanilla ice cream out of the freezer, putting a giant scoop right on top of the toffee sauce. I can’t even begin to describe how great it tasted, especially when the warm toffee sauce started to melt the ice cream! If you have a sweet tooth, you have to try this Sticky Toffee pudding, it’s sure to satisfy it!

If you are like me and enjoy the pudding so much that you want to try to make your own, I found this recipe that doesn’t sound terribly complicated. The picture alone gives me a reason to want to try it!

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