Sticky toffee pudding, a quintessentially British dessert consisting of a very moist sponge cake and chopped dates covered in toffee sauce. Sticky toffee pudding is a British classic, but how and why did dates, a stape food from the Middle East, find themselves in this age-old recipe?
This was the question that encouraged Kuwaiti food writer Sarah Al Hamad to embark on a 3 year quest to uncover the mystery, travelling through Andalusia in Spain (Europe’s largest date plantation), Liwa Date Festival in Abu Dhabi, California and Cartmel in Northern England, the home of sticky toffee pudding.
Al Hamad has since published her book “Sun Bread And Sticky Toffee” which is predominantly a cookbook but also combines Al Hamad’s beautiful photography as well as her “travelogue” following in the footsteps, as it were, of the humble date. The book contains 40 recipes from all over the world, from reworked ancient to contemporary recipes all with dates in common.