Sticky Toffee Pudding

The history of this dessert is contraversial.  It is a classic British dessert, but where it came from is up for debate.  There are two different versions of this story.  In one story it is a Canadian created dessert and in the other it is a European created dessert.

The first story is that the origianl recipe was created in the 1940’s by two Canadian Air Force Officers who gave the recipe to Patricia Martin, a hotel manager in Lancashire.  She in turn gave it to Sharrow Bay, where Francis Coulson and Robert Lee sold it to the public after making some changes to the recipe

The second story is that it was created in the 1970’s by a culinary legend by the name of Francis Coulson.  He worked at Sharrow Bay and made all staff members sign a secrecy agreement to not share the recipe.  In both stories the dessert has become a legend.

This is the first time that I have made this recipe and I was terrified.  It was much easier than I thought it was going to be.  It is a date cake with a toffee carmel sauce on top.  You must soak the dates in boiling water before you mix it into the cake batter.  This keeps the cake moist.  When it comes to the sauce you must make sure you keep an eye on it so that it does not burn while you are melting the sugar.