CHEF’S corner

Brought to you by Trevor Donegan, head chef Athlone Springs Hotel

Trevor Donegan, executive head chef at the Athlone Springs Hotel, shares a recipe exclusively prepared for Advertiser readers. Please email head chef, Trevor Donegan directly on [email protected] with comments or questions.

Sticky toffee pudding with rum and butterscotch sauce

Ingredients

Sticky toffee pudding:

250g dates

200ml boiling water

1tsp bread soda

90g butter

180g castor sugar

2 eggs

180g self raising flour

1/4 tsp mixed spice

1/4 tsp cinnamon

40ml buttermilk

Rum and butterscotch sauce:

320ml cream

80g butter

125g castor sugar

20ml dark rum

Method

For the sticky toffee pudding:

Preheat oven to 180C. Grease and flour eight pudding moulds. Soak the dates in the boiling water.

Cream the butter and sugar together until white and fluffy (use softened butter ). Gradually add the eggs. Sieve together the flour and spices, and fold into the mixture.

Add the bread soda to the dates and purée with the hand blender. Fold into the batter with the buttermilk.

Fill the moulds three quarters of the way and bake in the oven for 20-23 minutes until well risen and golden brown.

For the rum and butterscotch sauce:

In a heavy-bottomed saucepan melt the sugar over a low heat; this is slow to begin with but after approximately five minutes it will speed up. Gently shake the pot every 20 seconds or so, and remove from the heat about every minute to ensure even cooking.

In another pot bring the cream to the boil. When the sugar has taken on a good golden brown colour slowly add the cream, being careful of splashes. Once this is incorporated into the sugar, add the butter and rum. Bring to the boil and simmer for five minutes over a low heat.

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