Sticky toffee pudding that is still made to John Tovey's original recipe. Some even say it's the best in the world. Most desserts are worthy of applause, but rare is the one that warrants a standing ovation, as does this authentic toffee pudding.
Pour boiling water over dates, add vanilla, add vanilla, coffee and baking soda.
Mix the 2 batters together.
Pour into buttered 9-inch pan and bake for 1 1/2 hours at 375ºF.
Boil the butter, brown sugar and cream until melted. Pour over baked pudding and run under the broiler until it bubbles.
Note: Check it after 1 1/4 hour to make sure it doesn't get over done. Some like to make double sauce to have extra to serve at the table. Don't make it too far in advance of serving as it should be warm!