Oatmeal Sticky Toffee Pudding Cakes with Salted-Walnut Oatmeal Praline


Now where was I? It's been so long since I've posted... I can't remember.
Oh yes, New York. I know you were all eagerly awaiting this next post. Heh. Because I did some craaaaazy stuff after the cook-off in the two hours I had before I left. Wild, wild stuff.

After the cook-off I was lucky enough to meet one of my readers, Tina, and her sister. Tina, I'm sorry, I can't remember your sister's name! Bahhh! I'm so mad at myself. I think it might start with a D?
Anyway, Tina and her sister were visiting the city, and I got to meet them. They were both very, very nice, and we're all going to start a bakery someday. This was definitely one of the highlights of my trip! I've never met anyone that reads my blog. I feel honored. I can't believe you all actually visit here and read this crap. I'm not exactly a great writer. Or photographer.





So I was very hungry after the cook-off because I hadn't eaten anything all day, and it was lunchtime. My friend, Sue, told me about this place called Shake Shack, located in Madison Square Park (right where the cook-off was held!). It's a modern day "roadside burger" stand serving burgers, hot dogs, fries, frozen custard and beer. It sounded realllly good, and I was right in the area, so I wandered over to check it out.





There was this huge line. I mean, huge. I was starving, so there was no way I could wait in line. They had this shorter line where you could stand and wait for frozen custard, only, so that's what I did. I wanted to hate this place, and the frozen custard, because of their ridiculously long line, but when I tasted my vanilla frozen custard, all was forgotten. SO GOOD! Oh-so-good. Creamy, smooth, delicious. I NEED MORE.



Frozen custard wasn't going to cut it; I needed real food to eat. I was hungry for a burger and fries, because I had my heart set on stupid Shake Shack (thanks a lot, Sue), and I was lucky enough to stumble across New York Burger Co.



Now let's pause here and refect on my life a bit. I was a vegetarian for many years. Even when I started eating meat again, I wouldn't eat burgers. Especially medium-rare burgers... because I watched an episode on ecoli, on 20/20, when I was a child, and it scarred me... not for life, apparently, as I eat them medium rare-medium now.





Within the last year-or-two, I have developed a passion for a really good burger. New York Burger Co. had a selection of interesting burger choices. Hello?? The Chicago Burger sounds amazing. This place has also won a lot of awards, so I was smitten. I ordered a mini-cheeseburger with sweet potato fries. And because one deep-fried side wasn't enough for me, I ordered onion rings. And a variety of different sauces (I could drink the chipotle-honey). Everything was delicious! I have no complaints. Only that I couldn't finish my deep-fried sides.





And... that was pretty much my day. I stopped at this deli/bakery, picked out a variety of cookies, and sat in Madison square park and nibbled at them while doing some people-watching. They were all just okay. Tasted kind of like they had been sitting around in a deli/bakery for a couple of days.. aborbing all kinds of meat smells. But I ate them anyway, ha. Well, some of them. I brought some home for my family to try. I even brought black and white cookies back to my darling boyfriend and sister.





Here's my first rainbow cookie! I hope they're usually better than this. This one tasted greasy and old. And a little like pastrami.

Then I walked to my hotel, got my stuff and headed for the airport. You see how short this trip was? That's probably good, because this was a massive, massive post, and it only covered a few hours. I'm sorry.



Of course I need to give you the recipe I made at the cook-off! I almost forgot. So this is a very good recipe, even though it didn't win. I made these again the other day, and received rave reviews. So give them a try sometime. It's a moist cake doused with toffee sauce, vanilla ice cream, and a walnut-oatmeal praline (aka - granola).


Oatmeal Sticky Toffee Pudding Cakes with Salted Walnut-Oatmeal Praline

Cooking spray
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup chopped dates (sugar coated kind)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup Quaker Old Fashioned Oats
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Toffee Sauce
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup milk

Salted Walnut-Oatmeal Praline
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
1/4 cup Quaker Old Fashioned Oats

Vanilla ice cream, if desired

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 4 muffin cups with cooking spray.

Combine water, dates and baking soda in a small saucepan over medium heat; bring to a boil, whisking occasionally. Remove pan from heat and set aside.

In a medium sized mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and 2/3 cup oats until combined.
In large mixing bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat together 1/4 cup butter and granulated sugar until creamy. Beat in egg and vanilla until combined; beat in date mixture until combined. Reduce mixer speed to low and beat in flour mixture until just combined; divide batter into prepared muffin cups. Bake for 14-15 minutes or until light golden brown - do not overbake. Run a knife around outer edges and invert onto a wire rack to cool 5 minutes. Slice about 1/4-inch off of the tops of cakes. Top with half of the toffee sauce* and let the cakes absorb the sauce for a minute. Flip the cakes over, plate, and top with remaining sauce, ice cream and praline**.

*To make the toffee sauce: melt 3 tablespoons butter in a small saucepan over medium heat; whisk in 1/2 cup brown sugar until well combined, and sugar starts to melt- about 2-3 minutes. Whisk in milk and bring mixture to a boil; simmer sauce, whisking frequently, over medium-low heat, until ready to serve. Basically, you just let this sauce simmer away while the cakes are baking.

**To make the Salted Walnut-Oatmeal Praline: melt 2 tablespoons butter in a small saucepan over medium heat; whisk in 1/4 cup brown sugar and cook for 2 minutes or until sugar starts to bubble. Stir in cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon salt, walnuts and 1/4 cup oats until combined. Cook mixture 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently, until golden brown and fragrant; scrape mixture into a large mass over waxed paper, and smooth and flatten evenly with a rubber spatula. When cool, break into pieces.

Makes 4 servings



60 comments:

  1. SWEET POTATO FRIES!!!!!! BLACK & WHITE COOKIE!!!!!!!! YOUR PUDDING CAKE!!!!!! Sorry girl, but your food is just TOO mesmerizing not to focus on, haha ;-)

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  2. Sounds like you had another adventure in New York. I can see why the judges woyuld have chosen this dessert as a finalist. Way to go Emeline:D

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  3. all these crazy delicios eats!
    I'm glad you rediscovered a love for burgers. I only like them medium or medium-rare myself.
    btw, that recipe of the pudding cake is a winner in MY opinion! yum!

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  4. again you make me want to see NY and I live here....I love NY through fresh eyes

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  5. Great post....you know that I was glad to see you finally had a rainbow cookie. That one must have been stale because Emily they are great.....all of the food looked wonderful that you had! I've never met anyone either that reads my blog. That would have to be so interesting!

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  6. i've been addicted to sticky toffee pudding since i tried hagan daz's Sticky Toffee Pudding Ice Cream - so good!

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  7. I've been craving burgers for weeks... this isn't helping! cakes look yummy... I love toffee! :)

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  8. New York sounds like it was so much fun! And those sticky toffee puddings look great too!

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  9. oooooh! your recipe looks lovely. i'm in nyc right now and i'm going to try that frozen custard and the burger place... wish you were here so i could meet you too! :)

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  10. I still think you should have waited on line, but I'm glad you got to try another place as well.

    I LOVE Black and White Cookies. Please don't judge NY bakeries by those awful cookies you bought. They look like they've been sitting in a car dealer's waiting room for weeks.

    When I make your gorgeous recipe, I'm going to use McCann's oats instead. I bet THEY would have chosen you the winner.

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  11. it looks like you had fun!i love custard. mmmMmmm. I like the sounds of that recipe, i have been craving all things walnut/pecan, maple lately! thanks for the cure! haha

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  12. What I love about your blog Emily is your enthusiasm. It looked like you had a fabulous time during your very short trip and you made the most out of it.

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  13. Great recap of the trip! The burger/fries and onion rings look SO good. Too bad the cookies weren't that great..but of course, your recipe looks delicious!

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  14. Maybe it's a good thing you didn't eat the the Shake Shack. Imagine if you had waited on line and didn't like the burgers. It's one of those places some people still swear by and some people say is just hype and overrated. I haven't tried it yet, so I wouldn't know and I'm not sure I could handle the lines if I ever went. My husband works down the street from a place called 5-Napkin Burger and I'm dying to try it based on the name alone. Also because he tells me the espresso brownie sundae is amazing.

    Great recipe and I don't know why it didn't win!

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  15. Even though it was a quick trip, it sounds like you had a great time. Those black/white cookies are huge!

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  16. The little cakes look SO delicious and they are adorable! I'm glad you enjoyed your time in NY!

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  17. Can't wait to try your toffee pudding cakes. And thanks for the little walk around NY. Loved the photos.

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  18. This sounds amazing!!! And I am so sad about your rainbow cookie experience. You totally should make some http://stephchows.blogspot.com/2009/01/marzipan.html so tasty!!

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  19. We must have watched the same special on ecoli. It killed my appetite for meat. I still won't eat it. Nobody believes me when I tell them this.
    What a fun trip! Love all of the delicious-looking food.
    Sarah

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  20. Another brilliant, successful trip to NYC! ;-) I am definitely going to try out your WINNING (in my book) recipe.

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  21. Oh, man what I wouldn't give to be able to dig into a couple of those RIGHT NOW!

    Third times a charm Emily. The next one's yours!
    ~ingrid

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  22. you and New york...it just keeps getting better and better.

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  23. what a nice adventure. That burgers surely looks good! I like your recipe in fact wish to try it soo, looks so delicious :)

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  24. Great looking dessert. To bad about the rainbow cookie. Sometimes they look better than they taste but have to live up to hype.How great that a reader came out to meet you!

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  25. You forgot to put in you (recipe by me) sign! lol I always look for that. Your trip sounded like a lot of fun. Sorry you didn't win the challenge.

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  26. holy good lord lady! you ate your way through that city three times over! looks so yummy!!!!! that custard looks amazing.

    i love burgers! we have the best burger restaurant ever, joe's gourmet burgers, about 3/4 of a mile from my house. i'm gonna say i go there at least 3 times a month. it would be more if nick would let me.

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  27. Mmmmmm, good... I want custard and a burger... Nothing like a good burger in NYC!!! Glad you had a good time.

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  28. I'm loving the gourmet look of this awesome dessert. also, lemme have a bite of that burger! I'm actually quite paranoid of the whole e.coli thing too, my hubby makes fun of me for over-cooking burgers :P.

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  29. Agh I'm so hungry now!
    OK, GREAT recipe. Can't wait to try it out.
    And that B&W cookie? Could it be any bigger?

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  30. That looks so flipping good.

    I am drooling, AH!

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  31. It's retarded that you didn't win, but I guess it builds character.

    The onion rings made my mouth water for real, not just in that blog comment way.

    I say "bah" to cookies that taste like pastrami. Bah!

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  32. Wow, these look great. Sorry you didn't win. And, you are a good writer and photographer - great blog!

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  33. "a moist cake doused with toffee sauce, vanilla ice cream, and a walnut-oatmeal praline"??? I don't think I need to taste this - YOU WIN!!!

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  34. That looks delicious - and there's nothing like NY food!

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  35. i'm glad you took full advantage of those two hours--excellent choices. :)
    meanwhile, this recipe is stellar and makes it obvious as to why you won a trip to ny. bravo!

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  36. That all looks delicious!! Waw!!! Indeed, that sounds like a great adventure in New York!!

    I absolutely love, ...eh adore your creative recipe!!!

    FABULOUS!!!!!!

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  37. Wow, those are a vision! Gorgeous!!!

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  38. Those rainbow cookies don't look right at all. Next time you have to make sure you get them at a bakery that only makes them a few times a week. At least then they won't be greasy.

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  39. They don't know what they are missing!!! You should have won the 1st Prize :D

    I hate long lines too. I don't think I would have queued there either. Now you have to go back to N.Y. to taste their famous dishes ;D

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  40. This is divine looking. I am sorry you didn't win. But you will soon. Keep trying, not many people can say that they have experienced what you have Em. So keep up the great work!

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  41. Take a stop by my blog when you can. I have something for you.

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  42. Whoa look at all that delicious food. Now that is one foodie day if I ever heard one. Sounds like heaven. Sorry you did not win. Those are beautiful cakes. A must try for me.Thank you for sharing!

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  43. Everything looks so delicious. New York is the best at satisfying food cravings. I always make sure to go to Candle Cafe when I'm there. It is sooo good. Thanks for the recipe, I can't wait to try it out!

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  44. I have seen, and felt your love of cooking. Your love and talent lie in baking! Start the bakery, and never look back! Uncle Buff( who can do everything- but bake well!)

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  45. Those onion rings look pretty unbelievable... and everything else looks great too!

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  46. oh my goodness!!
    all of the food looks fabulous - nyc is a foodie's heaven!

    thecleanveggie.wordpress.com

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  47. Yeah, I always want to hate places with long lines too. It rarely works out.

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  48. frozen custard is amazing :) and love sweet potato fries and a good burger!!

    sorry your pudding cake didn't win, it sure seems like a crowd pleaser :)

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  49. I adore frozen custard. Man, I haven't had that in years. I really should rectify this problem. So glad you got to meet a reader. Hey, if you're ever in Berkeley or San Fran, let me know! Looks like your trip to NY was whirlwind and excellent...and those sweet potato fries look amazing. I can't believe you didn't win with your awesome looking sticky toffee pudding. Totally one of my favorite desserts! Can't wait to try your recipe!

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  50. I love, love, love sweet potato fries! Your little toffee cakes are darling.

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  51. Oh god, this entire post was complete porn (except the blah cookies). I want every single thing you ate. And if I was a male and wanted to get married, I'd marry you for Oatmeal Pudding Cake with Salted Walnut Oatmeal Praline. Didn't win, are you kidding me with this? Sounds so delicious.

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  52. Thanks everyone!

    Sue, car dealer's waiting room, huh? That makes me sick to my stomach.

    Ha. Kelley, good eye.

    Awww, Mermaid Sweets you are too nice.

    Hayley, I'll have to try Candle Cafe if I ever go back.

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  53. Oh my heck, girl, I can't believe that didn't win hands down! Just simply decadent looking. I could read your trip reports forever. Your time is coming, I just know it.

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  54. Sounds like an amazing trip- and I am really enjoying the posts - I have a lot to catch up on, cause I have been away....not ignoring you ;)
    Oh and I love burgers now too.

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  55. Thanks for sharing your culinary journey in NY. Everything looks so amazingly delicious. I'm going to be In New York next month. Can't wait o follow your steps and try the sweet potato fries and the pudding cake. Yum!

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  56. Thanks for such a sweet comment! You should have won with the sticky toffee cakes...they look amazing. And yes, my sister's name starts with a "D" (it's Dennie). Definitely try making a batch of rainbow cookies, they are so much better homemade.

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  57. If I had 2 hours to kill in NY I would pretty much do the same... I have my heart set on that frozen custard, next time I'm there I'm so getting one!

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  58. I want a bubbling, volcanic Sticky Toffee Pudding now!

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  59. I am seriously doing a little dance in my chair right now because I love sticky toffee pudding so much.
    And I love Shake Shack, but if you are from the midwest it's probably not all that great--I think the reason I love it is because they are some of the better burgers in this city, but none of the burgers are as good as the ones at home! I'll have to check out the other burger place you went to, I've never heard of it.

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  60. Those little cakes look delicious!

    If you ever make it to Rochester, we make really good fresh cut sweet potato fries at the farm where I work!

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