Toffee apple sponge pudding

Less than 30 mins preparation time
30 mins to 1 hour cooking time
Makes 8 puddings



A perfect end to an autumn dinner party, these easy steamed puddings are rich with toffee and apples. 



For the sponge

·         225g unsalted butter

·         225g golden caster sugar

·         4 free-range eggs

·         200g self-raising flour

·         splash full-fat milk

·         1 tsp stem ginger (from a jar)

·         250g cooking apples, peeled, cores removed, chopped

·         2 tbsp sugar


For the sauce

·         150g butter

·         150g soft dark brown sugar

·         150ml double cream

·         100ml condensed milk

·         50ml calvados (optional)

·         ready-made custard, to serve


Preparation method

1.   Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.

2.   For the sponge, beat the butter and sugar together in a mixing bowl until pale and fluffy.

3.   Crack in the eggs, one at a time, beating each egg into the mixture until fully incorporated before adding the next.

4.   Fold in the flour until well combined. Add a splash of milk to loosen the mixture, as necessary. (NB: The mixture should be of dropping consistency.) Fold in the ginger.

5.   Place the chopped apples and sugar into a pan and cook for 4-5 minutes, or until the sugar has dissolved and is bubbling and the apple has softened.

6.   For the sauce, bring all of the sauce ingredients to the boil in a pan, stirring constantly to form a smooth sauce that is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool slightly.

7.  Spoon a little of the sauce into eight dariole moulds. Divide the cooked apple equally among the moulds, then spoon over the sponge mixture.

8.   Place the dariole moulds into a large, deep-sided roasting tray. Pour enough boiling water into the roasting tray to reach halfway up the sides of the dariole moulds. (NB: This is called a bain-marie.) Cover the tray with aluminium foil, then transfer to the oven and cook for 25 minutes, or until the sponge has risen and is pale golden-brown.

9.  Turn out one sponge pudding onto each of six serving plates. Drizzle any remaining sauce around the edge of the plates. Drizzle the custard over the sponge puddings.