Recipe: Christmas Pudding Toffee Sauce

Christmas Pudding Toffee Sauce

“Wow, that actually smells just like a Christmas Pudding!”… high praise indeed, and guess what – it tastes just like a Christmas Pudding too.  If you’re in need of a crowd-pleasing festive dessert but don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen, you can’t go wrong with this super-speedy ice cream sauce.

This is simply a (slightly boozy) toffee sauce, with all the best bits of a Christmas pudding piled into it – sultanas, dried figs, orange zest, cinnamon, nutmeg and brandy.  It will take you less than 10 minutes to make, but is memorably good poured (still warm) over a good-quality supermarket vanilla ice cream.  After a large-ish lunch I’m not often in the mood for a heavy pudding with custard, but somehow there’s always a little bit of room for a scoop of ice cream. 

Christmas Pudding Toffee Sauce 2

This would also make a really lovely homemade gift, poured into a sterelised jar and tied with a pretty ribbon.  It will keep for a few months in the fridge.

Christmas Pudding Toffee Sauce
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 1 x 300ml jar
  • 50g butter
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 125g light brown sugar
  • 100ml double cream
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup or black treacle
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 50g raisins
  • 25g chopped dried figs or dates
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 50ml brandy or sherry
  1. Melt the butter in a saucepan, and add the cinnamon and nutmeg and stir well to ensure there are no lumps.
  2. Add all the remaining ingredients (except the brandy or sherry), and bring to the boil, then simmer for 5 minutes until slightly thickened.
  3. Remove from the heat, stir through the brandy or sherry, and leave to cool - it will thicken as it cools.
  4. Serve - for instance over ice cream, scattered with chopped pecan nuts. The sauce will keep in an airtight tub or jar in the fridge for two months.

For more homemade gift ideas from my ‘Christmas Hamper Series’ see:

Christmas Figgy Chutney
Christmas Figgy Chutney
Pistachio & Cranberry Biscotti
Pistachio & Cranberry Biscotti
Beetroot & Chilli Ketchup
Beetroot & Chilli Ketchup







Christmas Pudding Toffee SauceOr see my Pinterest board Edible Gifts: Vegetarian and Vegan 

Follow Kate Ford | The Veg Space’s board Edible Gifts: Vegetarian & Vegan on Pinterest.

Festive Food Friday
I’m linking this recipe to Festive Food Friday at TamingTwins and KerryCooks



  1. Never have I wanted to eat something so much right now! Saving this for my week off before Christmas. I’m sure my family will be thrilled 🙂
    Sisley White recently posted…Christmas Pudding Cornflake CakesMy Profile

  2. OMG this looks positively food porn in it’s highest form!!
    Heidi Roberts recently posted…National Maple Syrup Day – 17th DecemberMy Profile

  3. Ooh what a fabulous idea! Ice cream is so refreshing after a big meal (especially with our currently tropical Christmas weather!) so this would be perfect!

  4. Ooo what a great idea!! I would definitely prefer this to Christmas cake as a post Christmas dinner dessert 😀
    Nadia’s Healthy Kitchen recently posted…Christmas Gift Ideas For Healthy FoodiesMy Profile

  5. I LOVE this! Such a fab idea, will make a fantastic festive dessert in the run up to Christmas next week!
    Isabella recently posted…Easy No-Bake Blackberry CheesecakesMy Profile

  6. What a brilliant idea and I can just imagine how good it smells. I would love this with my mince pies and lots of ice cream!
    Laura@howtocookgoodfood recently posted…Spiced turkey cups – Christmas leftovers recipeMy Profile

  7. In the two days this has been up I keep coming back to it. I made it this evening and it was AMAZING! We served it over some vanilla ice cream we had in the freezer it was delicious 🙂 thank you!!!!!
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    1. Ah Emma you’ve made my day, thank you! So lovely when someone tries a recipe and it isn’t a disaster! ( but I guess with butter, sugar, cream & golden syrup you can’t go too far wrong….)

  8. This sounds so yummy! I love the Christmas pudding flavours and great ice cream, this sounds like a delicious pairing.

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