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Sticky Toffee Pudding with Cranberries

This pièce-de-résistance dessert is ideal for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other cold-weather holidays. To the much-loved British classic, it adds seasonal fresh and dried cranberries; the former dot the luxuriant sauce. To gild the lily further, serve with crème fraîche or vanilla ice cream. Be sure to use Lyle’s Golden Syrup, which tastes just like rich caramel sauce.

This recipe is excerpted from Year-Round Slow Cooker.


For the baking dish

  • About 1 Tbs. unsalted butter, at room temperature

For the sauce

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1⁄2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1⁄2 cup golden syrup (such as Lyle’s) or molasses
  • 1 cup fresh (or frozen, thawed, and drained) cranberries, picked over
  • 1⁄8 tsp. kosher salt

For the pudding

  • 4 oz. pitted dates, chopped
  • 2 oz. sweetened dried cranberries
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1-1⁄4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. espresso powder
  • 1⁄2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1⁄2 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3⁄4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp. vanilla bean paste or pure vanilla extract
  • crème fraîche or vanilla ice cream, for serving (optional)


  • Grease a 1-1⁄2-quart, deep oval baking dish (or one that will fit in your slow cooker) with the butter.
  • Meanwhile, add all of the sauce ingredients to a heavy, medium-size saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until the mixture is thickened and the cranberries are cooked, about 10 minutes (watch, as you don’t want the mixture to boil over). Pour half of this sauce into the baking dish, and place the dish in the freezer until the mixture solidifies. (Refrigerate the remaining sauce, then warm in a small saucepan over medium-low heat when ready to serve.)
  • Wash out the medium saucepan, then add the dates, dried cranberries, and 1 cup of water, and bring to a low boil over high heat. Remove from the heat and immediately mix in the baking soda (the mixture will foam a bit). In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, espresso powder, and salt. In a stand mixer (or a large bowl with a hand mixer), beat the butter and granulated sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Slowly beat in the eggs and vanilla, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula to incorporate everything. Beat on medium-high speed for a couple of minutes to mix well. Reduce the speed to low, then beat in half of the flour mixture, then the date mixture. On low speed, beat in the remaining flour mixture until just combined (do not overmix). Remove the baking dish from the freezer. Pour the batter on top of the solidified cranberry mixture, and cover tightly with foil.
  • Place a trivet or small rack (or two sticks of foil to form a cross) in the slow cooker, then pour in about 1 inch of boiling water. Set the baking dish on top. Cover and cook on low until a toothpick inserted into the center of the pudding comes out with some moist crumbs, 3 to 4 hours. Let cool to warm, then poke all over with a fork. Pour the reserved sauce over the top, and serve.

    year-round slow cooker book


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  • Saskia | 12/25/2014

    Yummy, but needed major revision for me. The cranberries make this wonderfully tart-sweet, which is a great flavour - but this recipe as is never solidified. The sauce needed a good solid 15 minutes at full boil to thicken - which is fine, but at low in my Hamilton Beach slow cooker, after 3, 4 - even after 61/2 hours, it was a puffed, but goopy pudding.- which was like eating cake batter. I took the batter, added 2 cups of flour, mixed and baked in a loaf pan at 300 for 30 minutes - and then it worked -

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