sticky toffee banana pudding w. rich caramel sauce
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  • Toffee sauce recipe:
  • 1¼ cups plus 3 tbsp. heavy whipping cream, if desired
  • ½ cup golden brown sugar, packed
  • ½ cup Karo dark corn syrup
  • ¼ cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • Banana cake recipe:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1½ tsp. baking powder
  • ¾ cup (1½ sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ⅔ cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (2 to 3)
  • 1 tbsp. dark rum
  • 1½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • Sliced bananas to top banana cake, if desired
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter 8 x 8 non-stick glass baking pan. Dust baking pan with flour, tapping out excess.
  2. For the toffee sauce: Bring 1¼ cups cream, brown sugar, corn syrup, butter, and ⅛ teaspoon salt to boil in heavy small saucepan over medium heat, whisking until sugar dissolves.
  3. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook at gentle boil until sauce coats spoon thickly and is reduced to 1½ cups, whisking occasionally, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and cool.
  4. If desired, whisk in 3 tbsp. or more cream to thin sauce. Sauce can be made two days ahead. Cover and chill. Warm slightly before drizzling over banana cake and serving.
  5. For the banana cake: Whisk flour, baking powder, and ½ tsp. salt in a medium bowl. Using electric mixer, beat butter and sugar in large bowl until well blended. Beat in eggs 1 at a time. Beat in mashed bananas, rum, and vanilla (batter may look curdled). Add dry ingredients in 4 additions, beating just to blend after each addition. Spread batter evenly in prepared baking pan.
  6. Bake cake until tester inserted into center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Spread ½ cup toffee sauce evenly over cake. Return cake to oven and bake until sauce is bubbling thickly, 4 to 6 minutes. Cool cake in pan on rack 30 minutes.
  7. Cut around cake in pan, and cut cake into 16 squares--plastic knives seem to cut better. Serve cake slightly warm or at room temperature with toffee sauce and top with sliced bananas, if desired.
Recipe by sweet caroline's cooking at
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