Sticky Toffee Christmas Pudding

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Also, so sorry for the horrid harshly lit photos, I had to take these in the evening. Pfft!

Yield: Serves 6-8

Sticky Toffee Christmas Pudding

Sticky Toffee Christmas Pudding

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.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes


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


  1. For the Sticky Toffee Pudding - Preheat the oven to 160°C (140°C fan)/320°F/gas mark 3.
  2. Grease and line a large 1.5-litre pudding bowl with parchment and set aside.
  3. Pulse the dates in your food processor until chopped a little, add the walnuts, carrot, apple, golden syrup and brandy. Pulse until coarsely chopped.
  4. Add in the butter, eggs and sugar and pulse to combine.
  5. Add the flour and bicarbonate soda, and pulse until combined.
  6. 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. Moist crumbs is OK.
  7. To make the walnut praline and toffee sauce – Add 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Once the praline is cool, turn out the pudding then break the praline into shards and assemble on top of the pudding.
  10. Drizzle some of the toffee sauce over the pudding, reserving sauce for each serving.

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22 Comments on “Sticky Toffee Christmas Pudding”

  1. Emma | Fork and Good β€” December 1, 2014 @2:20 pm Reply

    All i want for Christmas is for you to bake for me. This. Looks. AMAZING.

    1. Lisa | Sweet 2 Eat Baking β€” December 7, 2014 @11:04 pm Reply

      Heh, that could be arranged! Thanks Emma.

  2. Choc Chip Uru β€” December 1, 2014 @7:43 pm Reply

    What a gorgeous christmas pudding, it looks so rich and heady! Beautiful colour in your photos as well :D

    Choc Chip Uru

    1. Lisa | Sweet 2 Eat Baking β€” December 7, 2014 @11:47 pm Reply

      Thanks Uru. It definitely is, not to mention delicious.

      Unfortunately the pics have a weird colour cast and harshly lit because they were taken at night under main, bright lights. :(

  3. Jess @ On Sugar Mountain β€” December 2, 2014 @12:13 am Reply

    I still can't believe it's December either! Where did 2014 go?! But oh man does this pudding look awesome. I love toffee in all forms and I am going to throw this into my Christmas baking this year for sure! :D Lovely recipe, Lisa!

    1. Lisa | Sweet 2 Eat Baking β€” December 7, 2014 @11:49 pm Reply

      I know, right? It fells like I blinked and a year passed.

      I don't think I've ever met someone that didn't like toffee, and sticky toffee... ohemgee! Let me know how it turns out if you do get chance to make it. Thanks Jess.

  4. Jessica @ Sweet Menu β€” December 2, 2014 @3:49 am Reply

    This pudding looks amazing! Honestly so beautiful - perfect for the holidays!

  5. The Partiologist β€” December 2, 2014 @12:58 pm Reply

    I have a feeling, I'll have visions of sticky toffee pudding dancing in my head. I've always wanted to give sticky toffee pudding a try and with this recipe of yours, it's going to happen!

    1. Lisa | Sweet 2 Eat Baking β€” December 7, 2014 @11:50 pm Reply

      Do it! You won't regret it. Thanks Kim.

  6. Ala β€” December 3, 2014 @12:14 am Reply

    This pudding looks PHENOMENAL. Seriously, I've wanted to make one for a while now, but I'm a total convert with my ogling eyes! Saving this recipe for sure.

  7. Paul β€” December 3, 2014 @4:21 pm Reply

    You have some very nice photos. I would be very happy if you could share them on
    Thanks, Paul

    1. Lisa | Sweet 2 Eat Baking β€” December 7, 2014 @11:52 pm Reply

      Thanks for the invite, Paul. I headed over and took a look, but it appears a stock photography site and not a recipe sharing site. I'm not currently selling my blogs photography for web/print use as they're unique to the recipes here.

  8. Allie | Baking a Moment β€” December 5, 2014 @3:25 am Reply

    What a magnificent dessert! I've never had Christmas pudding but sticky toffee is one of my favorites. This sounds absolutely amazing and it's gorgeous to boot!

    1. Lisa | Sweet 2 Eat Baking β€” December 7, 2014 @11:53 pm Reply

      It's one of my faves too, Allie. In fact, I can't believe I haven't made the regular pudding version yet. It's the only dessert I usually order in restaurants.

      Thanks for stopping by.

  9. Emma @ Bake Then Eat β€” December 7, 2014 @9:58 pm Reply

    Oh what a great looking pud! Love sticky toffee so I know I will love this. What a great alternative to the more traditional Christmas pudding.

    1. Lisa | Sweet 2 Eat Baking β€” December 8, 2014 @9:52 pm Reply

      Any alternative to traditional Christmas pud is great in my book though, I'm not a fan of the traditional one.

      Thanks for stopping by, Emma.

  10. tanya β€” December 12, 2014 @5:32 pm Reply

    This would be perfect for my families Christmas eve dinner. It looks so pretty!(and yummy)

  11. Christina β€” January 1, 2015 @4:56 pm Reply

    Sticky Toffee Pudding is one of my very desserts and this version looks awesome! I've never baked anything in my pudding bowls, so thanks for the idea. Could you also steam this pudding?

  12. Shelby @ Go Eat and Repeat β€” February 8, 2015 @10:58 pm Reply

    This looks really tasty! I can't wait to try this!

  13. ray ball β€” October 25, 2018 @7:01 pm Reply

    how long would you suggest cooking to make individuals


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