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    Wednesday, 2 March 2016

    STICKY TOFFEE LOAF CAKE

    Anyone who reads this blog regularly will know when it comes to puddings - Sticky Toffee is my favourite.

    It's rich, moist and has that perfect balance between stodgy and sweet.

    The team at Whitworths kindly sent me out a selection of baking goodies which included dates, sultanas and ginger so I decided to try my hand at creating a Sticky Toffee Loaf. 
    The recipe I followed was based one created for Whitworths by star baker Ed Kimber. I've adapted it very slightly so it could work as a loaf but it's still as tasty and has a deliciously Christmas feel about it!

    What you'll need 
    For the puddings
    200g Whitworths dates 
    100ml rum 
    200ml water 
    175g light brown sugar 
    3 tbsp of honey 
    200g self raising flour 
    1 tsp of mixed spice 
    75g unsalted butter 
    3 eggs 
    1/2 tsp of vanilla extract 
    1 1/2 tsp of baking powder 
    50g Whitworths sultanas 
    50g of Whitworths crystallised ginger

    For the sauce 
    110g caster sugar 
    40g butter 
    200ml double cream
    What you'll need to do
    1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and lightly grease and line a loaf tin with baking paper
    2. Grab a medium sized saucepan and bring the dates, water and rum to a simmer and cook until it creates a thick paste. Scrap into a bowl and set aside for a moment.
    3. Place the butter, sugar, vanilla and honey into a large bowl and use an electric mixer to beat until smooth and creamy.
    4. Add your eggs one at a time - beating until combined before adding the next one.
    5. In another bowl, mix together your flour, spice and baking powder.
    6. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and beat on a slow speed until all combined.
    7. Add the date puree and the dried fruit and mix until smooth
    8. Pour the batter into your loaf tin and bake in the oven for around 45 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean springs
    9. Remove from the oven, turn out and allow to cool on a rack while you make your sauce.

    For the sauce
    1. Place the sugar into a medium saucepan with a splash of water and cook over a medium heat until it melts and starts to turn a deep brown colour.
    2. Melt in the butter and whisk until silky and smooth.
    3. Take off the heat and stir through your cream. Leave to cool slightly and pour generously over your loaf!



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