Sticky Toffee Pudding

We’re bringing our last blog post of 2019 to you early, to cover those holiday baking needs.  (And because we’re going on Christmas break!)  Each year we pick some sort of theme for the blog, and 2019 saw a lot of traditional baking recipes, inspired by the Great British Bakeoff tv show.  To properly wrap up the year, we are finishing with one of my favorite desserts: Sticky Toffee Pudding.  This is not a pudding in the American sense.  It’s a buttery, date-heavy cake with a toffee sauce poured over it while still hot to soak up all that deliciousness; and then served with extra sauce and a little whipped cream.  It is heavenly!

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Peanut Butter Cookie Pudding

In case you aren’t up to date, today is National Peanut Butter Cookie Day!  That’s right, a whole day dedicated to a cookie.  I’m not sure who makes up these fun food holidays, but my taste buds thank them profusely.  Now, I used to not be a big fan of peanut butter cookies, until I came across a recipe years ago that had 4 simple ingredients: peanut butter, egg, sugar and baking soda.  The lack of flour really allowed the peanut butter flavor to shine through.  While the original recipe was a bit too sweet and resulted in a crunchy and very crumbly cookie, a bit of tweaking brought about a balanced cookie that was crispy on the outside but still soft in the middle; perfect for celebrating today with!  But why stop with just a simple cookie recipe?  Why not layer it with bananas and chocolate pudding and top it off with whipped cream?  I mean, if you are going to celebrate a NATIONAL holiday, you might as well do it right!

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