Decadent Delight: Mary Berry’s Sticky Toffee Pudding

Introduction: In the realm of classic desserts, few creations evoke the warmth and comfort of a well-made Sticky Toffee Pudding. Mary Berry’s take on this classic dessert is a journey into the realms of indulgence and bliss. This dessert has the power to transport you back to cozy moments and simple pleasures with its moist sponge, rich toffee sauce, and a touch of nostalgia. Prepare to be immersed in a symphony of flavors that will dance on your taste buds and wrap you in a sweet hug.


For the Pudding:

  • 175g (6 oz) dates, pitted and chopped
  • 300ml (10 fl oz) boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 75g (2.5 oz) unsalted butter, softened
  • 175g (6 oz) dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 175g (6 oz) self-raising flour

For the Toffee Sauce:

  • 175g (6 oz) dark brown sugar
  • 225ml (8 fl oz) double cream
  • 50g (1.75 oz) unsalted butter


1. Softening the Canvas: Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F/Gas 4). Grease an 8-inch square baking dish or a similar-sized ovenproof dish.

2. Date’s Infusion: Place the chopped dates in a bowl and pour the boiling water over them. Stir in the vanilla extract and let the mixture sit for about 10 minutes to soften the dates.

3. Creating the Base: In a separate bowl, cream together the unsalted butter and dark brown sugar until light and fluffy.

4. Binding the Symphony: Beat in the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.

5. Weaving the Spell: Fold in the self-raising flour until the batter is smooth and well combined.

6. Harmony of Elements: Gently fold the softened date mixture into the batter, creating a harmonious blend.

7. Baking Brilliance: Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish. Bake in the preheated oven for about 30-35 minutes, or until the pudding is firm to the touch and a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean.

8. Enchanting Toffee Alchemy: While the pudding is baking, prepare the toffee sauce. In a saucepan, combine the dark brown sugar, double cream, and unsalted butter. Heat the mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar is dissolved and the sauce is smooth and glossy.

9. Toffee Drizzle: Once the pudding is out of the oven, poke a few holes in the top using a skewer. Pour a generous amount of the warm toffee sauce over the pudding, allowing it to seep into the holes and create a luscious glaze.

10. Indulgence Unleashed: Serve the Sticky Toffee Pudding warm, with additional toffee sauce drizzled over each portion.

As you savor each spoonful of Mary Berry’s Sticky Toffee Pudding, you’re invited to experience a dessert that transcends time and tradition. The soft sponge, decadent toffee sauce, and the sweet embrace of nostalgia create a symphony of flavors that captures the essence of indulgence. This dessert is not merely a dish; it’s a journey into the heart of comfort and delight, a reminder that the simplest pleasures often bring the most profound joy.