When we lived in England my kids, then 6 and 9, loved sticky toffee pudding until they found out it had dates as one of its main ingredients. They still won't eat it but I’ve not stopped loving it. I developed this recipe for those times in my life as a mother of two teenagers when dessert for one, made in a flash, is just what the therapist ordered. —cheese1227
Combine butter, stout, chopped dates and molasses in a microwave-safe, 8-ounce ramekin or mug. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Let stand for 2 minutes to allow dated to soften.
Stir in dark brown sugar, flour, baking powder and soda, and salt. Sprinkle pecans over the top of the batter. Microwave on high for 90 seconds. The pudding will be springy but still gooey on the bottom.
Eat warm, tempered with vanilla ice cream while enjoying the peace and quiet and perhaps drinking the rest of the beer.
I am an excellent eater (I have been all my life). I’m a pretty good cook (Ask my kids!). And my passable writing improves with alcohol (whether it's the writer or the reader that needs to drink varies by sentence.). I just published my first cookbook, Green Plate Special, which focuses on delicious recipes that help every day cooks eat more sustainably.