Baked Goods & Sweet Treats Recipes

The Not So British Bake Off: Week 4 (Puddings)

If you are a bit behind, you can catch up on week 1 (cakes), 2 (biscuits), and 3 (bread). This week’s challenge was classic English puddings, and it was very dramatic. When it came to making identical puddings as the first challenge, I took a page out of my favourite contestant Norman’s book and made sticky toffee puddings for several reasons. One being that they are Sam’s favourite dessert, the other being that sticky toffee is just about as British as it gets, right?

My guest judge this week was a little heart-broken with all the negativity directed towards Bake Off contestants this week, but she soldiered on to crown a victor!

Sticky Toffee Pudding
proud of cakes
(Adapted from James’)
(For cakes)
55 g unsalted butter
170 g light brown sugar
1 tablespoon of golden syrup
2 tablespoons of black treacle
2 eggs
200 g self-raising flour
200 g pitted dates
290 ml boiling water
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla

(For the sauce)
110 ml of heavy cream
55 g butter (diced)
55g dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons of black treacle
1 tablespoon of golden syrup

Preheat the oven to 200 C (400 F), and grease your pudding moulds really well.  Cream the butter and sugar together (for the cakes) until pale and fluffy. Then add in the golden syrup, treacle and eggs and mix until smooth. Then add the flour in a little at a time and mix throughly until well combined.

In a food processor, blend your pitted dates and boiling water until they make a smooth paste. Then mix in the baking soda and vanilla. Add the date mixture to the cake mixture and stir thoroughly!  Pour your batter into the pudding moulds and bake for 20-25 minutes. (25 minutes was perfect in our oven which is a tad cold.)

Whilst the puddings are baking prepare your sauce. Heat all the ingredients in a pan, stirring occasionally. Remove the pan from the heat when it’s reached boiling.

To serve, remove the puddings from the moulds gently and spoon a very generous amount of the sauce over. I recommend serving your sticky toffee pudding with a side of vanilla ice cream.
treacletreacle canpuddings
Fresh from the oven.

pouring toffeeshocked
Out of the corner of my eye, I spotted a contestant who was really, really unhappy with his baked alaska…..

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He ran outside the tent with it….

smashing baked alaska
And thoroughly destroyed it!

mary slicing
But the show must go on. Mary Berry entered for the judging.

so pleased
I won this week! Back on top!!!!!

sticky toffee puddingseating them

Stay tuned next week for pies and tarts!

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  • they looks absolutely scrumptious! I think I will try to make them this week: sticky toffee puddings make me feel nostalgic for boarding school days ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you! Unfortunately I never experienced any boarding school days, but I imagine a favourite dessert is definitely something I’d remember! xx

  • Haha you two must be having a blast with these posts. I have never had sticky toffee pudding but as usually it looks delicious!

    • Hahaha maybe too much fun?!? But thanks! I don’t really know how to describe sticky toffee- I hadn’t really experienced anything like it till coming to England! X

  • I love seeing the sauce drizzling on your pudding. It looks amazing and delicious ^^

  • Woo well done! They look fab and I love sticky toffee pudding! A staple comfort food x

  • Fredrik is madly in love with sticky toffee pudding, like he will just randomly say how much he wants one but for some reason it has not yet occurred to him he could just make one himself! I think he would be very very impressed with how perfect yours look!

    • Ah what a compliment! He should definitely try to make them – he’s a really talented baker so I bet they’d be easy for him! xx

  • haha you do make me laugh. Those sticky toffee puddings look delicious! x

  • This is too cute!! So glad you made sticky toffee puddings! They are mine and Ty’s favourite puddings ever! Yours look so great! Well deserved win I’d say ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Those look amazing (despite not really knowing what treacle is…). I am really enjoying your GBBO series! Yeah for star baker again ๐Ÿ™‚


    p.s. the Lyle’s tin makes me homesick ๐Ÿ™

    • I spent a good few minutes just watching this gif over and over and laughing to myself. All important question – do you have your sticky toffee with cream or ice cream? x

      • whatever the restaurant offers – I’ve never made it myself! but I’d choose ice cream ๐Ÿ™‚

        • I bet you could make delicious sticky toffees! You’re good in the kitchen and they aren’t as complicated as I’d imagined! X

  • Hahaha, last photo of you is classic!

  • lol! I have definitely had recipes that I would like to throw out a window! I’m glad yours turned out well, it looks so decadent!

    • Thank you so much! And I definitely have had times where I’ve just wanted to throw something I’ve made away- usually because it’s literally inedible… ๐Ÿ™ x

  • Mmmm, sticky toffee pudding! I had some when I was in London and it was SO GOOD.

    • Sooo good! And I had never been exposed to it in America. But maybe I was sheltered, food wise. x

  • Mmmm, it’s been far too long since I last had sticky toffee pudding!

  • They look great!!

  • I love these posts. And what is black treacle? Is it molasses?

    • it’s pretty darn close. It has cane molasses in it, but it’s slightly less bitter than it. But if you were to make this recipe, I’d be think it’d be a fine substitute! x

  • The photos for this week’s BBO are the best yet. Especially the last one. OMNOMNOM (ห†ฺกห†)/

  • Towards the end of this blog post (not my post so not self-promotion ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) there’s a question about not finding brown sugar in Italy and what to use as a substitute instead. Hope that helps! xxx

  • Mmmmm sticky toffee pudding! It definitely deserves a win. These posts are so fun!

  • I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to come across this!! I regularly crave sticky toffee pudding in Sweden where I can’t buy it and have toyed with trying to make my own, but chickened out… UNTIL NOW!!

    • Haha good! I’d never made it before and to be honest, it was not nearly as complicated as I thought it was going to be!!! x

  • hahaha I heard about the ‘scandal’ of the alaska cake – oh boy! Your pudding looks amazing!x

  • Kate Mitchell

    Those look delicious! And I love your recreations of events haha

  • adorable!

  • Playing to the judges tastes huh, isn’t that well, cheating? ;D

    • I mean, sticky toffees are Sam’s favorite- I have no idea that Mary Berry’s are! ๐Ÿ˜‰ x

  • Ashley Angle

    These looks amazing and your pictures are great!
    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle

  • Holly Nelson

    This is hilarious!! I must watch the Great British Bake Off – I just don’t know where to find it!

    • Oohhh, have you tried Sidereel?Not sure what else to recommend- sorry! X

      • Holly Nelson

        No, I hadn’t heard of it – I will have a look, thanks!!

  • Hahaha – so glad you snuck an Ian moment in there! Just move these.

  • Ok these look AMAZING. Holy deliciousness. Can you FedEx some my way? Please and thank you.


  • If you go to the Guardian website you can read all about “bin-gate” and the drama from last week. Ha, thank you! X

  • Robert @ablogbyrobert

    Oh. My. God. I love sticky toffee pudding!! And these look amazingly good. I’m definitely going to have to make these sometime ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  • Hahaha, baked Alaska drama!

  • sticky toffee pudding is both Adam and I’s favourite too. I used to make them in muffin tins because I didn’t have moulds and they still worked! Loving the baked alaska hissy fit.

    • Ha! The only reason why I didn’t make them in a muffin tin was that I thought -aloud- no. I NEED them to be bigger than that! ๐Ÿ˜‰ xx

  • The puddings looked awesome Amanda! Plus I heard all about your tweet from this post. How cool is that!?!? You must be so excited and PROUD of you and your baaad self. !

  • That contestant is so unprofessional. He evens KNOWS I WOULD HAVE EATEN IT. Officially, officially…my favourite GBBO post. x

    • It was my one of my favourites to do only because we got an interesting crowd of passerbys watching…….. HA! (Also spoiler alert: for the baked alaska we used an old head of cauliflower that had been sitting in the fridge for too long. Shh! Don’t tell anyone. I should have gone into the prop department instead of acting.) xx

      • Ahahahaha thank god. Let everyone know that no baked alaskas were harmed in the making of this post. Screw cauliflower. Nature will take that back happily, thanks. xx

  • My Labor Day vacation means I’m a bit out of the loop. This looks DELICIOUS, and congrats on winning again! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Also, YAY on being tweeted at by someone who I’d never heard of before, but who is apparently famous!

    • Hahaha, Paul Hollywood is one of the two actual judges on the show. He’s a big celebrity baker in England dishes out a lot of attitude. (And displeasure at things that are shit.) x