This Sticky Toffee Christmas Pudding recipe breaks the mould on traditional Christmas puddings! A moist and delicious pudding with toffee sauce and crunchy walnut praline shards.
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Hello friends! And happy December! Gosh, I have missed you all, and I missed the whole of November it seems.
most wonderful time of the year where I’m gearing up for the Christmas season. Ya know the one where there’s a billion more kiddy commercials on the TV and with each one, at least 1 of your kidlets will exclaim at the top of their lungs…
“I want that for Christmas, Mum!”
And well, the cycle continues. I’m sure a lot of parents can relate to that! 😉
But what about Christmas traditions? What traditions do your family take part in?
My family tradition, since having kiddos, is that each year we do something together. It’s not set in stone that we repeat the same thing, we usually plan on crafts or recipes together.
The year before last, we made the cutest ever pop-up Christmas tree cards. I wish I took a photo to show you, but basically it was a few strategic cuts in green card backed on another colour card, so when you opened the card a Christmas tree popped out at you! *cuteness overload*
I remember those cards well as the kids couldn’t get the hang of where to cut on the card and enlisted my help. In the end I ended up cutting all of the cards, and they decorated the tree and the fronts. I think we made one for each of the teachers at school. It felt like they took a lifetime to make!
This year we took part by creating a Christmas pudding. There was a big problem with that though, me and two out of three of the kiddos don’t like Christmas pudding. To us they’re Vom city!
So instead of making a traditional pudding that everyone will just turn their nose up at
or the giant man-baby would just inhale himself, I decided I’d go with the non-traditional route and make something everyone would enjoy… sticky toffee Christmas pudding! *licks lips*
I mean who doesn’t like sticky toffee? 🙂
I had just downloaded this nifty grocery shopping price comparison app on my iPhone which showed me ASDA was the cheapest for all the combined ingredients, and since we couldn’t wait to snaffle down this sticky toffee Christmas pud, off we went to ASDA to pick up our ingredients. 🙂
As soon as we got home, we were all rearing to go on the sticky toffee front. In fact, a Christmas miracle happened… my kids actually did some washing up! They washed the pudding mould, fruit and helped with the prep. Yup, I know. *faint*
This sticky toffee Christmas pudding recipe is exactly that, a non-traditional Christmas pudding that is rich moist, and down-right delicious.
Oozing toffee sauce drizzled over the pudding, with crunchy walnut praline shards arranged on top of the indulgent pudding.
The pudding itself is a combination of mainly sticky toffee pudding, but with elements of carrot cake too. There’s plenty of walnuts, sweet apple, dates, and a splash of brandy to bring out that Christmas cheer — literally!
And to top it off, this Christmas pudding recipe couldn’t get any easier. We’re all busy at this time of the year so I’m all game for easiness.
No mixing, folding or stirring. All you need is a food processor, and let it do the work for you. 🙂
Oh, and we also decided to do a gingerbread house too. My ever-changing ‘traditions’ aren’t over for this year! 😆
Sticky Toffee Christmas Pudding
Yield: Serves 6-8
Prep Time:20 minutes
Cook Time:1 hour 30 minutes
Fed up with traditional Christmas puddings? Break the mould with this non-traditional, moist and delicious Sticky Toffee Christmas pudding. A combo of sticky toffee pudding and carrot cake, packed with walnuts and a festive splash of brandy, then topped off with walnut praline and drizzled with toffee sauce.
Sticky Toffee Pudding
- 200g ready-to-eat stoned dates
- 100g walnuts
- 1 carrot, peeled and coarsely grated
- 1 dessert apple, peeled, cored and coarsely grated
- 2 tbsp golden syrup
- 4 tbsp brandy
- 100g cold butter, cubed
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 140g golden caster sugar
- 170g self-raising flour
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
Walnut Praline and Toffee Sauce
- 175g golden caster sugar
- 25g walnuts, roughly chopped
- 100g butter
- 6 tbsp double cream
Sticky Toffee Pudding
- Preheat the oven to 160°C (140°C fan)/320°F/gas mark 3.
- Grease and line a large 1.5 litre pudding bowl with parchment and set aside.
- Peel and core the apple and peel the carrot, then coarsely grate (I used my food processor, but you can hand grate if preferred). Set aside.
- Using your food processor, pulse the walnuts until coarsely chopped with large chunks remaining, then add the butter, eggs and sugar and pulse again until combine.
- Finally, add the flour and bicarbonate soda, and pulse again until everything comes together.
- Pour the batter in the pudding bowl and bake for 1 hour 20 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes, or until a skewer inserted comes out almost clean.
Walnut Praline and Toffee Sauce
- Pour the sugar into a frying pan over medium heat and cook until golden and bubbling. Remove off the heat and toss in the walnuts, swirling to coat, then using a slotted spoon, remove the walnuts onto a tray lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Allow to cool completely.
- Add the cream and butter to the caramel mixture in the frying pan and place back on the heat. Bring to a slow simmer, stirring occasionally then remove from the heat.
- Once the praline is cool, turn out the pudding then break the praline into shards and assemble on top of the pudding. Drizzle some of the toffee sauce over the pudding, reserving sauce for each serving.
Sorry for the horrid harshly lit photos, I had to take these in the evening. Pfft!
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