This is my secret weapon when in need of a proper, homely desert - quickly. Most supermarkets have cheap packs of loaf cakes – they come in different flavours: date and walnut, chocolate, ginger, lemon drizzle, etc. When I feel like a pudding but do not have the time or inclination for a full-on bake, I might pick-up one of these and cheat my way to a tasty sticky toffee pudding. The cakes are always rather dry and uninteresting. The solution: make a quick a suitable sauce to pour over them. A good combo to make is a date and walnut-type loaf with a homemade sticky toffee sauce.
As the sauce makes its way around the cake it will turn some of it into a pudding consistency. The top of the cake will be hot, caramelised and crunchy and what’s left of the boring loaf cake is transformed by the heat and its new saucy coating. A very useful cheat for a quick family desert.
Use a basic cake, such as a date and walnut loaf cake, which you can buy at Sainsbury's for £1.30.