Sticky toffee pudding is essentially a rich, moist cake permeated with a thick caramel-like sauce (with extra for serving). Most recipes say to soak the dates in hot water, but here we use coffee. It gives the pudding a surprising depth of flavor.
Starring chocolate and made with just six ingredients, this flourless cake has a pudding-like center. A water bath helps it cook gently and stay moist. Adding one-third of the egg whites first to the chocolate mixture helps lighten the batter so the remaining whites don't deflate when folded in. The results are delicate and delectable.
Warm cake topped with melting ice cream is a traditional endnote to a special occasion. And every spoonful -- with a bit of chocolate and a bit of vanilla, a little cold and a little heat -- is pure romance. This recipe appeared on "The Martha Stewart Show" in 2006, doubled.
This traditional British holiday dessert from food writer Jane Hornby's "What to Cook and How to Cook It" is a cross between sticky toffee and Christmas pudding, but with a lighter feel. Dates add moisture and sweetness.