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Celebrity chef Phil Vickery cooks up a pudding storm

Everyone has their favourite pudding but not everyone knows how to make them! However, help is here in the form of Celebrity Chef Phil Vickery. Phil is here to give easy step-by-step instructions to create twelve fantastic puddings, one pudcast a month. This is a delicious recipe for Sticky Toffee Pudding which is easy and quick to make. "One of the nations most treasured desserts – Carnation Caramel makes an incredible sauce for this sweet and sticky pudding – the perfect antidote to those grey, cold winter days", says Phil Vickery.

Everybody loves a good pud! From homemade apple pie to granny's spotted dick or mum's treacle tart, everyone's a winner. But how often do you make home-made puds and do you really know where to start?

Although more and more people are experimenting in the kitchen with puddings, one in five Brits have never attempted a home-made pudding, according to new research by Carnation. So what's stopping Brits from getting their hands dirty in the kitchen? Perhaps, if you had a top chef in the kitchen with you, you'd be more inclined to whip up a nice pudding. Well now you can!

Celebrity chef Phil Vickery is here to save the day. Over the coming months he will be welcoming us in to his kitchen to take us through the simple steps to create twelve fantastic puddings. Click on Podcast below to watch his latest instalment demonstrating how to make . . .

Still looking for inspiration? Why not logon to where you can look through a variety of Phil's tasty recipes and download the pudcasts.


To stop the spread of pudding paranoia and encourage the nation to rediscover its taste for homemade puddings, today, celebrity chef Phil Vickery launches a series of Pudcasts; a monthly series of six podcasts showing you how to create simple, yet impressive, desserts. Let's face it, even cook books aren't fool-proof, but you'll be hard pressed to go wrong when you've got the step-by-step directions on a screen right in front of your eyes! So why not harness the power of technology and watch one of Phil's pudcasts - you can't go wrong!


Cooking's not just about the end result. According to Phil, as well as missing out on the delicious taste of authentic homemade cooking, people are passing up the opportunity to experience the psychological benefits of making something for themselves. Creating your own mouth-watering pudding can be extremely rewarding, especially if cooking for family and friends. To see others really enjoying something you have prepared from scratch can leave you with a real sense of satisfaction and pride.


Phil started his career in a seaside hotel in Folkestone Kent, after leaving college. He then went to the Lake District to the famous Michaels Nook Country House hotel, where his food was rated the best in the lakes.

After 6 months touring Australia and New Zealand he took up one of two stints at the world famous Gravetye Manor in West Sussex. Once as chef de partie, and sous chef. This is where he really found his love for great British produce and cooking. This led on to his next position as Ian Mc Andrew's sous chef at Restaurant 74

After the second stint at Gravetye Manor, Phil then travelled to the south west to open a luxurious hotel, then moving to The Castle hotel after Gary Rhodes left in 1999. Here he really found his niche and over the next 9 years he won many accolades, including a Michelin star, Egon Ronay stars and 4 AA rosettes. Phil moved onto development in 2000 co-founding The Food Bureau with partner and friend Steven Poole.

Phil has written six books, including 'A Passion for Puddings'. He also writes for many magazines, articles and is a member of The Guild Of Food Writers.

Phil has been a regular chef on BBC's Ready Steady Cook for 10 years. He is also resident chef on ITV's This Morning and is a regular contributor to Radio Five Live and BBC's Breakfast programme.


Lime Berry Cheesecake
Lime Berry Cheesecake
Lime Berry Cheesecake

"One of the nations most treasured desserts – Carnation Caramel makes an incredible sauce for this sweet and sticky pudding – the perfect antidote to those grey, cold winter days." ~ Phil Vickery


175g (6 oz) dates, stoned and chopped
1tsp bicarbonate of soda
300ml (½ pt) boiling water
55g (2 oz) butter
175g (6 oz) caster sugar
2 eggs
175g (6 oz) self-raising flour
1tsp pure vanilla extract

For the sauce:
397g can Carnation Caramel

You will also need:
A square cake tin, 18cm (7”), greased and base-lined with baking parchment or 6 individual greased oven-safe coffee cups or deep ramekins


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C, 350°F, Gas Mark 4.
  • Mix the dates and the bicarbonate of soda.
  • Pour the hot water over and leave to soak while you make the batter.
  • Whisk together the butter and the sugar, then add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Fold in the flour, and then stir in the date mixture and vanilla.
  • Pour into the prepared tin or ramekins.
  • Bake in the centre of the oven for 20 - 25 minutes for individual portions or 40 - 50 minutes for the square tin, until cooked (test with a skewer).

For the sauce:

  • Spoon the caramel into a microwave safe bowl and heat for about 1 minute.

To serve:

  • Cut the pudding into squares for individual servings and pour over the warm caramel sauce.

Serves 6

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