Sticky toffee pudding is a rich British dessert that’s basically an exceptionally moist date cake with caramel sauce poured over the top. Steaming in the slow cooker is an absolutely foolproof way to make it, and this recipe is heavily adapted from one from Food Network Kitchen. The hazard of STP is that it can be too sweet, with the honeyed taste of the dates combined with even more sugar in the cake. I balance all that sweetness by first cooking the dates with strong coffee, an idea I got from Her Majesty Martha Stewart. You don’t taste the coffee in the finished cake, but there is a dark, bitter-edged complexity left behind that’s just perfect. The maple syrup in the easy caramel sauce is also an unorthodox American addition—but maple goes so well with dates.
— Sarah DiGregorio
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From Adventures in Slow Cooking by Sarah DiGregorio. Copyright © 2017 by Sarah DiGregorio. Reprinted by permission of William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Photo Copyright © 2017 Andrew Purcell