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Blue Smoke Sticky Toffee Cake

  • servings: 9

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup stout beer
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 pound pitted dates
  • 1/2 pound (about 1 1/2 cups) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • Butterscotch Sauce
  • Whipped creme fraiche, for serving (optional)

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 12-by-10-by-2 1/2-inch baking pan with vegetable cooking spray, and line bottom with parchment paper; set aside.

  2. Step 2

    In a small saucepan, heat the stout over medium heat, almost to a simmer. Remove from heat, and add the baking soda, then the dates. Let stand until dates are soft, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a food processor, and puree.

  3. Step 3

    Into a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, beating to combine after each addition. Beat in the vanilla extract.

  4. Step 4

    Add the dry ingredients, alternating with the date puree, starting and ending with the dry ingredients. Pour into prepared pan, smoothing top with a spatula. Bake until set, about 20 minutes.

  5. Step 5

    Let cool in pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Turn out onto a cutting board, and cut into nine pieces. Serve, warm, drizzled with butterscotch sauce, and topped with a dollop of creme fraiche.

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