Toffee-Pear Sticky Pudding

Sticky toffee pudding meets pear dessert in this date-sweetened dessert recipe. Serve warm and spoon on the toffee-pear sauce just before digging in and this sticky pudding will really live up to its name.

Toffee-Pear Sticky Pudding
Prep Time:
30 mins
Bake Time:
40 mins
Cool Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 1 ¼ cup water

  • 1 ¼ cup pitted whole dates, preferably Medjool dates

  • 1 cup chopped peeled fresh pears

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • ¾ cup packed dark brown sugar

  • cup butter, softened

  • 2 eggs

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 recipe Toffee-Pear Sauce

Toffee-Pear Sauce

  • 1 fresh pear

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • ½ cup butter

  • ¾ cup packed dark brown sugar

  • ¾ cup whipping cream

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. In a large saucepan combine the water, dates, and pears. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cook, covered, about 15 minutes or until fruit is tender and most of the liquid is absorbed. Mash with a potato masher, fork, or immersion blender until as smooth as possible. Stir in baking soda; set aside.

  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8x8x2-inch baking pan; set aside. In a small bowl combine flour, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg; set aside. In a large bowl combine brown sugar and butter. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed about 1 minute or until combined. Beat in eggs, one at a time, and vanilla. Stir in date-pear mixture. Stir in flour mixture just until combined. Pour batter into prepared baking pan.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Place pan on a wire rack. Immediately use a long skewer to prick top of cake all over. Spoon the portion of Toffee-Pear Sauce without pears over cake. Bake for 3 minutes more. Cool on the wire rack for 10 minutes. Serve warm with the portion of Toffee-Pear Sauce with pears.

Toffee-Pear Sauce

  1. Peel and core pear; thinly slice pear. In a medium skillet melt 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat. Add pear slices; cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until tender and lightly browned, turning pear slices occasionally and reducing heat to low if pear browns too quickly. Set aside. In a small saucepan melt 1/2 cup butter over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar. Bring to boiling, stirring until sugar dissolves. Boil gently, uncovered, for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Carefully stir in whipping cream. Bring to boiling. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Divide sauce in half. Stir pear slices into one portion.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

531 Calories
27g Fat
72g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 9
Calories 531
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g 35%
Saturated Fat 17g 85%
Cholesterol 123mg 41%
Sodium 405mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 72g 26%
Total Sugars 55g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 1.8mg 9%
Calcium 111.1mg 9%
Iron 1.4mg 8%
Potassium 307mg 7%
Folate, total 40.3mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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