Toffee apple sponge pudding

A perfect end to an autumn dinner party, these easy steamed puddings are rich with toffee and apples.

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For the sponge

For the sauce


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.

  2. For the sponge, beat the butter and sugar together in a mixing bowl until pale and fluffy.

  3. Crack in the eggs, one at a time, beating each egg into the mixture until fully incorporated before adding the next.

  4. Fold in the flour until well combined. Add a splash of milk to loosen the mixture, as necessary. (NB: The mixture should be of dropping consistency.) Fold in the ginger.

  5. Place the chopped apples and sugar into a pan and cook for 4-5 minutes, or until the sugar has dissolved and is bubbling and the apple has softened.

  6. For the sauce, bring all of the sauce ingredients to the boil in a pan, stirring constantly to form a smooth sauce that is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool slightly.

  7. Spoon a little of the sauce into eight dariole moulds. Divide the cooked apple equally among the moulds, then spoon over the sponge mixture.

  8. Place the dariole moulds into a large, deep-sided roasting tray. Pour enough boiling water into the roasting tray to reach halfway up the sides of the dariole moulds. (NB: This is called a bain-marie.) Cover the tray with aluminium foil, then transfer to the oven and cook for 25 minutes, or until the sponge has risen and is pale golden-brown.

  9. Turn out one sponge pudding onto each of six serving plates. Drizzle any remaining sauce around the edge of the plates. Drizzle the custard over the sponge puddings.

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