You might think that you don’t have to be an adventurous young chef to eat Sticky Toffee Pudding with Freshly Whipped Cream, but perhaps you don’t know that the key ingredient to this traditional British dessert is DATES! I don’t know about you, but my own son isn’t a big fan.
For the first half of our after-school cooking class (for adventurous young chefs) today, we pitted and chopped dates, and then boiled them in baking soda and water. Not a very auspicious beginning, to say the least, but once the “pudding” (which contained plenty of butter, sugar and eggs, too) was baked and the warm toffee sauce and freshly whipped vanilla cream slathered over the top, there wasn’t a single complaint from a student or a parent at pickup! Forget the figgy pudding, bring us some STICKY TOFFEE PUDDING!
After the sticky toffee pudding, it was time for our Iron Chef contest… can you guess what the secret ingredient was?
No… it wasn’t pasta… and it wasn’t spinach… try again.
You guessed it — it was WON TON WRAPPERS! Here the Iron Chefs are at work…
Here they are with their finished pudding AND their Iron Chef dishes… how lucky were the people who picked them up at the end of the day? (both dishes were DIVINE!)
That was our last class of the Iron Chef series… I wish you all a very Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaii and a Happy, Happy New Year! xo and Bon Appetit!