Watch chef Brooke Williamson make the dish at this year’s Food & Wine Classic at Home: Holiday Edition.
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Food & Wine Class at Home, Holiday Edition

Winter is all about cozy food. Big bowls of soups and stews, hot drinks, hearty casseroles and gratins—and for dessert, chef Brooke Williamson’s sticky toffee puddings definitely fit the bill. Served with an orange bourbon toffee sauce and a little whipped cream, the dish will be prepared by Wiliamson during the virtual Food & Wine Classic at Home: Holiday Edition early next month. You’ll need very ripe pitted dates, bourbon, an orange, unsalted butter, heavy cream, and more—the end result is a warming, comforting dessert to enjoy all winter long.

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The process is pretty straightforward. Make the sauce, ensuring you keep it warm, simmer the dates with water to soften them up, prepare the batter, and bake. After the puddings have baked for about 20 minutes in a 350-degree oven, let them cool slightly, remove them from the ramekins, and serve. (Don’t forget to cut the tops off with a serrated knife so the puddings will lie flat when you invert them.) 

If you want “optimal stickiness” for the puddings, remove them from the ramekins, add some of the sauce to the bottom, and then return the puddings to the ramekins, baking for an extra 10 minutes. Then, you’re ready to eat—enjoy as-is with more sauce, or finish them off with whipped cream.

In addition to Williamson’s desserts, you’ll also learn how to make slow cooked salmon with banana-parsnip puree from 2020 Food & Wine Best New Chef Douglass Williams, as well as lamb shepherd’s pie with an apple Sidecar cocktail from 2019 BNC Kwame Onwuachi. You can get the recipes for all three dishes during the Classic. Interested in wine? There are events for that, too, including a sparkling wine tasting with our executive wine editor, Ray Isle, as well as a seminar on cozy winter reds with Leslie Sbrocco. Purchase wines for the tastings here.

The Food & Wine Classic at Home will take place on Saturday, December 5 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. EST, streaming here—one ticket, available here, to the virtual event costs $25, or, you can pick up a bundle that includes one event ticket and a year-long subscription to Food & Wine for $30. If you can’t watch the event on the 5th, ticket holders are able to view the Classic until February 1, 2021.