Wednesday, 27 August 2014 | MYT 2:19 PM

Black Cat Bistro’s Sticky Toffee Pudding

Culinary SOS: Pudding fit for a baron

Dear SOS: While visiting the Hearst Castle we had the pleasure of discovering the Black Cat Bistro restaurant in Cambria, California. All of their food was fantastic but they have sticky toffee pudding that is absolutely phenomenal! I’ve looked all over for a recipe that comes close but haven’t been able to find one. Any possibility that you can get their recipe for me? – Jim Malmberg, Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles

Dear Jim: I can’t stop thinking about this sticky toffee pudding. Chef and owner Deborah Scarborough was happy to share her recipe. – Noelle Carter

  • Prep Time

    20 mins
  • Cooking Time

    45 mins
  • Serving



  • Toffee sauce
    ½ cup (120g) butter
    ½ cup heavy cream
    1 cup light brown sugar
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    1 tbsp brandy
    ½ tsp salt

    In a small, heavy-bottom saucepan, combine the butter, heavy cream and sugar over medium-high heat, stirring until the butter and sugar are melted. Increase the heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until the sauce is thickened, about 8 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in the vanilla extract, brandy and salt, and hold in a warm place until ready to serve the cakes. If not using right away, cool the sauce, then refrigerate up to 5 days until ready to serve, rewarming before using.

  • Sticky Toffee Pudding
    ¾ cup chopped seeded dates
    ½ cup water
    ¼ cup brandy
    1 tsp baking soda
    ¼ cup (60g) butter, softened
    ½ cup sugar
    ¼ cup brown sugar
    2 tbsp molasses
    1 egg
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    1 cup (120g) plus 1 tbsp flour
    1 tsp baking powder
    Toffee sauce, heated
    Whipped cream


In a medium saucepan, combine the dates, water and brandy over high heat. Once the mixture comes to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook for about 2 minutes to soften the dates, making sure the chopped pieces are broken up and not clumped together. Remove from heart and immediately stir in the baking soda, keeping in mind that the soda will foam up. Set the mixture aside to cool.

Heat the oven to 175°C. Heavily butter 6 (125ml) ramekins. Place the ramekins in the refrigerator while preparing the pudding batter.

In a bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl using a hand mixer, beat the butter and both sugars until light and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Add molasses, egg and vanilla, and beat until blended. Gradually beat in the flour and baking powder, careful not to over mix. Fold in the cooled date mixture by hand using a spatula or large spoon.

Divide the mixture among the prepared ramekins, filling each approximately three-fourths of the way full. Place the ramekins on a baking sheet and bake until the pudding is set and firm on top, about 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and poke holes into the hot puddings. Pour some heated toffee sauce over the puddings to soak them. Serve the puddings warm, with sauce on the side topped with whipped cream. (If not serving right away, cook the cakes and then refrigerate up to 3 days; rewarm before serving.) – Los Angeles Times/McClatchy Tribune Information Services

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