Apple sticky toffee pudding recipe

My parents have got three apple trees in their garden. They’ve lived in their house since I was 5 so for me, autumn always means apples. I usually just make crumble, but when my dad brought round yet another bag of apples last week I decided to try something new. I fancied something with toffee or caramel, and after a quick Google I found this Sticky Toffee Apple Pudding recipe. It looked easy enough so I gave it a go! 

I’m going to talk you through the recipe for this apple sticky toffee pudding step by step. When you’re making it the recipe definitely sounds (and looks) a bit weird! Trust me though – it’s really simple to follow. I think it’s the perfect autumn apple recipe.

Homegrown apples - perfect for autumn bakes

Apple Sticky Toffee Pudding // Method

You’ll find the full recipe below so I’m just going to go through the method step by step.

Start by making the pudding batter:

Mix all the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, caster sugar, salt) in a bowl. Then combine the egg, milk, melted butter and vanilla essence in another bowl or jug. I melted the butter in the microwave then added the other ingredients. I found the butter then solidified again into little lumps because of the cold milk, but don’t worry – it doesn’t affect the mixture.

Next add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix well. I folded it together with a spatula. When the pudding batter is ready set it to one side while you prepare the apples.

Peel and slice 2 to 3 apples – I used a mixture of cooking apples and eating apples (as that’s what grows in my parents’ garden) but you can use whatever you like. Grease a large oven proof dish (I used one like this) and arrange the apples in the bottom. I added a sprinkle of sugar over the apples just because I know the cooking apples I had were really sharp.

Layer apples in the bottom of an oven proof dish

Next pour the pudding batter over the apples and spread it out. It doesn’t matter if some of the apples are only just covered.

Pour cake batter over the apples

The weird bit!

Now, the next part is the weird bit! In a jug dissolve the dark brown sugar in 250 mls of boiling water. When the sugar is completely dissolved pour this mixture all over the pudding batter in your dish.

Pour sugar water over the apple cake mixture

The whole pudding will now look pretty horrible! Some of my apples rose to the top as well and the sugar water didn’t seem to be very evenly spread out. DO NOT PANIC! It’s supposed to look like that.

Apple sticky toffee pudding ready to go in the oven

Put the whole thing in the oven and cook for 35 – 40 minutes at 180 °C. And when it comes out it will have been magically transformed into this delicious Apple Sticky Toffee Pudding.

Sticky toffee apple pudding

All that sugar water has made its way to the bottom of the dish and become a delicious sticky toffee sauce! It doesn’t look especially pretty but it is one of the best apple puddings I have ever had. It might even top my apple crumble that I usually make!

We ate our toffee apple pudding with custard, and again the next night with ice cream, and I can highly recommend it. The leftovers kept fine in the fridge overnight and I just reheated them in the microwave the next day.

Apple sticky toffee pudding and custard - perfect for autumn

Apple Sticky Toffee Pudding

A delicious warm sticky toffee apple pudding  - perfect for autumn, and super quick and easy to make. Serve with custard, cream or ice cream

Course Dessert
Keyword apple, caramel, pudding, sticky toffee
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6


For the pudding

  • 2-3 apples cooking or eating apples
  • 140 g self-raising flour
  • 100 g golden caster sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 egg
  • 85 g unsalted butter
  • 200 ml milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the sauce

  • 140 g dark brown sugar
  • 250 ml boiling water


  1. Heat oven to 180 (fan) / 160

  2. Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl

  3. Add milk, egg and vanilla extract to melted butter and mix well

  4. Combine wet and dry ingredients to make pudding batter and set to one side.

  5. Grease a large oven proof dish. Peel, core and slice apples and layer on the bottom of the dish. 

  6. Pour pudding batter over apples and spread evenly.

  7. Dissolve dark brown sugar in boiling water then pour over pudding mixture. 

  8. Bake for 35 - 40 minutes until golden brown and toffee sauce can been seen bubbling up at the edges.

  9. Serve warm with custard, cream or ice cream.

I hope you enjoy this recipe – why not Pin it for later? Or if you’re looking for something else to do with your apples why not check out another 10 Amazing Apple Recipes in this post.

Apple sticky toffee pudding recipe - quick and easy recipe with step by step instructions. Delicious served with custard, cream or ice-cream. It's the perfect warm apple pudding for autumn


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