A classic British, cold-weather, comforting recipe that would be delicious at any time of year, but is especially good at alleviating cold feet during the winter months and those homesick blues whenever and if ever they should hit! A delightfully light and simple sticky toffee pudding, just what the sugar doctor ordered!
Hello all, and Happy November! It’s cold, it’s rainy and there’s leaf mulch everywhere – it’s disgusting as weather goes but it certainly feels autumnal. Weather (typo intended – heh heh heh, English is confusing) you’re in the UK or British Columbia, I am sure that you are now completely bundled up for the upcoming months! Winter coat, scarf, hats, gloves and signature head cold and sniffles, say goodbye to your ability to pronounce the letter ‘D’ with a blocked nose, and feeling your extremities in any capacity – winter is here and it ain’t going anywhere just yet!
With this dreary season in full swing, I for one am feeling grouchy and worn out, antisocial is an understatement and going outside is being kept to a minimum – the outside world holds nothing for me, I am hibernating until spring. Colds and sniffles aplenty, chapped lips that no amount of lip balm can ease, an inability to feel your fingers and toes, you’d be forgiven for forgetting what warmth actually feels like any more. It’s dark by 5, the ground is perpetually wet or muddy, its not quite hats and gloves weather but come 6pm you’re frozen on the walk home from work, to be blunt (and marginally offensive if terse language isn’t you’re thing), it’s shit. Summer is long gone, farewell Halloween, and it’s not even Christmas – it’s the tale end of November in all it’s nasty, soggy glory. In the wise old words of that bear hunting family; we can’t go over it, we can’t go under it, we’ve got to *eat* through it (and if you don’t know that reference, what even was your childhood – We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’, Michael Rosen, read it). If you couldn’t tell from my privileged, spoilt-millenial complaining, I am quite the bad mood bear this week (2nd bear hunt reference noted). I’d apologize for my attitude but I know I’m not the only one and, safe within group mentality, feel my behaviour is acceptable and understandable on the back of it being November. At least I think I’m not the only one experiencing the November grumps… If not, the people in Vancouver are really quite mean and I wouldn’t recommend Vancouver as a holiday destination… (Only joking, Vancouverites are lovely and warm, and make great neutralisers for my bitter British mentality).
So what is the point of all this whinging (other than as a cheaper version of therapy for yours truly, and an ear sore for the rest of you out there)? Well, would you believe it, it makes an excellent foray into this week’s bake: Sticky Toffee Pudding. Yes, delicious, comforting Sticky Toffee Pudding goodness; the perfect morsel to beat away those November blues. At the end of this week, as bad tempered and angsty as I was, I knew that I needed something truly comforting, the food equivalent of a big bear hug (bleeding those bear hunt references dry, oh yeah), to lift my spirits and ease my November woes! A traditional British pudding is the only way to improve the cheer of a grumpy Brit (this one anyway), the type of pudding that greets you at the pub after a long winter walk and cuddles you in spongey, syrupy goodness. Sticky Toffee Pudding is one of my absolute favourites and the taste of home in these cold months, its delightful and dense, and unbeatable (and best of all you can use it as a vehicle for all the custard you could possibly consume). It tastes equally wonderful whether you’re sat in a dark room by yourself, listening to Leonard Cohen (may he rest in peace), and crying about your lost childhood, or consuming with close friends on a chilly, Sunday afternoon – I’ve tried both… for science. It’s not a glamorous bake, it won’t win any awards for beauty, but if you’re looking for the ultimate in home comfort cooking and culinary cuddles, Sticky Toffee Pudding is the best in the world.
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