Lush Sticky Toffee Apple Puddings with extra dark toffee sauce. Dessert freezes well, so easy to make in advance for entertaining.

sticky toffee pudding with macaron shell

Shall we Make Some S.T.P.?

Known affectionately in our family as S.T.P.: Sticky Toffee Pudding. I make this, however, with an added grated apple, giving it a twist to the classic. Here’s a Sticky Toffee Apple Pudding – adding a little extra fruit to the decadent luscious toffee scrumptiousness!

This pudding goes against my French-style eating habits: I love dessert but shy away from over-sugared and filling puddings.  This is our exception – and the version below is my final answer to this most delicious dilemma called Sticky Toffee Pudding Syndrome.

Sticky Toffee Pudding Macarons

Another reason? For some fun, I converted Sticky Toffee Pudding into a STP macaron for my first book, Mad About Macarons – making it an entirely gluten-free version.  I also made them into a giant macaron dessert for the book’s macaron dessert chapter, a kind of Xtra Large S.T.P. macaron!

Funnily enough, some American critics initially thought that S.T.P. was a “bit too British” for a macaron book – but little did they know that the recipe for sticky toffee pudding may well have originated in Canada, just like my Scottish Granny’s Matrimonial Cake (oaty date squares).

cup of sticky toffee macarons

Growing up with STP, my parents would often drive my wee brother and I down to the Lake District. It didn’t take us long to discover THE highlight of any of our trips there: we’d make a mandatory stop at the legendary Cartmel Village Shop for a S.T.P. dose from their “Home of Sticky Toffee”.
I distinctly remember the difference over many other sticky toffee puddings we tried in Scotland: it was distinctly dark and lush, covered in the darkest ever toffee sauce.

Living in France has meant the necessity of making this at home, as it’s not something we can just run out to our local pâtisserie or boulangerie and find – so this Sticky Toffee Apple Pudding was created along the way. It’s often requested by my beau-père, Jean-Pierre, who’s accent is adorable: can we have more of that steeecky toa-fee pood-eeeng?

Well, here it is, beau-papa.

Sticky Toffee Family-Sized Pudding

There are two ways of making this recipe.

Normally it’s made as a flat cake, batter sitting (nearly floating) on top of a pool of toffee sauce in a buttered ovenproof pie or gratin dish and serve spooned into pudding bowls or – in this case – teacups, inspired by Carina Contini’s family recipe for Sticky Ginger & Date Pudding in her Kitchen Garden Cookbook.

I adapted the recipe, cutting down slightly on the butter and sugar, plus I added a grated apple, since my Granny always mixed dates with apple – it’s a deliciously nostalgic thing I can’t help continuing. Then by adding 2 tablespoons of dark rum to the sticky toffee pudding sauce it just made it extra heavenly for those cold, dark nights.

You could call this version a Tipsy Sticky Toffee Apple Pudding!

lush sticky toffee pudding with macaron shell

Individual Sticky Toffee Puddings

However, the above family-sized flat cake version has one HUGE problem: we normally have at least second portions and it can get out of control. It’s what we call the Sticky Toffee Pudding Syndrome. So, to avoid such sticky toffee impulses, my preferred method is to pour the batter into individual silicone moulds. It’s just enough. Full. Stop.

Moreover, they’re so easy to freeze when removed from their silicone moulds and reheat when needed – making them so handy to serve stress-free for a dinner party later!

We eat half and freeze the rest before anyone can ask for more.

sticky toffee pudding with macaron shell
5 from 1 vote

Sticky Toffee Apple Pudding

Author: Jill Colonna
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Cooling Time10 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course : Dessert
Cuisine : British, Canadian
Keyword : sticky toffee pudding, date pudding, toffee sauce
Servings : 12 people
Calories : 450kcal


Lush Sticky Toffee Pudding classic recipe with apple, served individually in a pool of extra dark toffee sauce. Use mini brioche/muffin silicone moulds or traditional buttered dariole moulds. The puddings and sauce also freeze well so perfect dessert to make in advance.


Sticky Toffee Sauce:

  • 175 g (6oz) butter, unsalted
  • pinch salt fleur de sel
  • 250 g (9oz) dark Muscovado sugar Vergeoise Brun or soft dark brown sugar
  • 225 g (8oz) whipping cream (30% fat)
  • 2 tbsp dark rum (optional)

Pudding Batter:

  • 175 g (6oz) pitted dates roughly chopped
  • 175 ml (6fl oz) water
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
  • 1 apple (e.g. Granny Smith) peeled & grated
  • 75 g (3oz) butter, unsalted
  • 110 g (4oz) soft dark brown sugar (Muscovado)
  • 2 eggs organic
  • 150 g (5.5oz) plain flour (all purpose)
  • 1 tsp baking powder (no need if use self-raising flour above)
  • 1 tsp ground ginger optional


Sticky Toffee Sauce:

  • Melt the butter, sugar, cream and rum (if using) in a large saucepan over medium heat, then once dissolved, turn down the heat to low and stir occasionally until the sauce becomes smooth and glossy. Set aside to cool.

Pudding Batter:

  • In a saucepan, cover the dates with the water and bring to the boil. Add the baking soda then mash until a smooth paste. Leave to cool for 10 minutes then stir in the grated apple until well combined.
  • Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/360°F/Gas 4.
    Cream the butter and sugar together in a large bowl or in a large stand-mixer until pale and creamy. Gradually beat in the eggs, flour and ginger (if using). Fold in the date and apple mixture until mixed together.
  • Pour 1/4 of the sauce into the bottom of a buttered gratin dish (if making the larger family cake-like version). If making individual puddings, 1/4 of the sauce will be about a dessert spoon each at the bottom of each mould. Top with the batter until 1/3 from the top, giving enough room for the batter to rise. Bake for 30 minutes.
  • Remove the puddings from the moulds after 5 minutes cooling and place directly on serving dishes. Reheat the remaining 3/4 of toffee sauce and pour over each pudding. 


The pudding(s) great for freezing. To freeze, first cool the puddings, chill then transfer to a zip-lock bag or in containers. I decant the rest of the sauce separately into a jam jar to freeze. Just defrost and reheat before serving.

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Comments (23)

5 stars
Can’t wait to taste your recipe .STP with a difference!

Please do make this soon and let me know what you think, Henry.

5 stars
I finally made a sticky toffee pudding last winter while our kitchen was under renovations—it was not a thing of beauty though rich and delicious. I love, love the idea of adding apple. I’d have to freeze half, too. This sweet tooth enjoys this dessert way too much! Will need to try it again!

I admire you still making your puddings when the kitchen was crazy, Liz. That’s dessert love, indeed!

5 stars
Thank you for this recipe Jill. I love STP and I think adding apple is the answer to many a dry sponge I have had in various restaurants. Not many restaurants even add dates. Now, I am going to make my own and I definitely won’t be disappointed. Also the tip for freezing this is very welcome as sometimes a little goes a long way.

Really – no dates? Even without the apple, this recipe’s cake is very moist but a dry cake in a restaurant? That’s ridiculous. All the more reason in that case for us to make it at home! Thanks for popping in, Thomasina.