October 5, 2023

Sticky Toffee Pudding

Recipe: Ricardo Larrivée

“There are many benefits of preparing sweets in the pressure cooker. We leave things that need to be baked to the oven and instead focus on soft, creamy desserts. The pressure cooker gives perfectly soft, uniform results, which are sought after in several sugary treats.” – Ricardo Larrivée



  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3/4 pitted and diced dates
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup unsalted or semi-salted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk

Caramel Sauce

  • 3/4 cup 35% cream
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar


Yield: Serves 6

Make Cake

  1. Butter a 6-inch (15 cm) springform pan.
  2. In a small pot, bring the water and dates to a boil. Add the baking soda and mix well. Remove from the heat and let cool at room temperature before adding it to the batter.
  3. In a bowl, combine the flour and baking powder.
  4. In another bowl, cream the butter with the brown sugar using an electric mixer. Add the egg and mix until smooth. With the machine running on low speed, add the dry ingredients, alternating with the milk, then add the date mixture, mixing until combined. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  5. Prepare a water bath in the pressure cooker: pour 1 ½ cups (375 ml) of water into the container of your pressure cooker and add the silicone grill. Place the springform pan on the grill (see note). Secure the lid and set to High pressure. Set the cooking time to 25 minutes.

Make Caramel Sauce

  1. Meanwhile, in a small pot, bring the cream and brown sugar to a boil. Simmer for 2 minutes. Set aside.
  2. When ready, let your pressure cooker depressurize naturally (about 10 minutes), then remove the lid.
  3. Remove the pan from the cooker. Use a clean dishcloth to gently absorb any water that may have settled on the surface of the pudding. Using a toothpick, prick the entire surface and pour the sauce overtop. Let cool before unmolding, at least 30 minutes. Serve warm or cold.



Excerpted from Multicooker Everything by Ricardo. © 2023 Ricardo Media. Photography credits: Jean-Michel Poirier (Minestrone with Winter Veg), Ricardo Media (Beef Bourguignon, Sticky Toffee Pudding). Published by Appetite by Random House®, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved