Can You Freeze Sticky Toffee Pudding?

Is there a dessert any better than sticky toffee pudding? It has everything you could possibly want in a pudding. A stodgy and warming pudding, sweet and sticky toffee all topped off with custard or cream – just perfection!

If you love to make your own then you must be wondering if you can make this dessert ahead of time. So, can you freeze sticky toffee pudding?

The Quick Answer

Yes, you can freeze sticky toffee pudding for around 3 months. You can freeze sticky toffee pudding either unbaked or baked which means you can also freeze leftovers of the pudding too. You can even freeze the toffee sauce separately.

How To Freeze Sticky Toffee Pudding

When it comes to freezing sticky toffee pudding, you have two options: To freeze it before baking it or after baking it. For obvious reasons, if you have leftovers then skip down to the section on freezing baked sticky toffee:

How to Freeze Unbaked Sticky Toffee Pudding

This is the method to go for if you want to bake your sticky toffee pudding fresh on the day you plan on serving it:

  1. Make the Pudding
    Step one is to make your toffee pudding. You can either make it as one large pudding or in individual portions. You do need to ensure that you have freezer-safe pudding bowls as you will have to freeze the pudding in the bowl. This recipe from Mary Berry is delicious.
  2. Portion Out
    Pour your mixture into the bowls. Leave a little space at the top, you don’t want to overfill the bowls, or you might find a mess in the freezer if the pudding bursts from the bowls. Don’t add the toffee sauce. You will need to freeze this separately. Information on how to freeze toffee sauce is below.
  3. Seal
    Pop the lid onto the bowls and make sure it’s sealed tightly. If your bowls don’t have lids, then wrap the bowl in clingfilm, so it is airtight and then add a layer of tin foil. This helps save the puddings from freezer burn.
  4. Freeze
    Label the pudding with the date and name of the contents and pop it into the freezer. Ensure that the pudding bowls are kept upright and flat in the freezer until they are fully frozen.

If you want to freeze the toffee sauce, you’ll want to skip down to this section below.

How to Freeze Baked Sticky Toffee Pudding

This method can save you a bit more time on the day you plan on serving it as it will already be cooked. This also works well for any leftovers you may have:

  1. Make the Pudding
    Make and bake the pudding. Be aware that if possible, you need to freeze the toffee sauce separately so don’t add this to the pudding before baking.
  2. Cool
    Allow the pudding to cool completely.
  3. Seal
    Pop a layer of clingfilm around the pudding or seal tightly with a lid. There would be no harm in doing both here as extra protection.
  4. Double Seal
    Add a layer of tin foil to keep the pudding from getting freezer burnt.
  5. Freeze
    Label with the date and contents and pop it into the freezer.

How to Freeze Toffee Sauce

One of the best things about sticky toffee pudding is the sauce. This sauce goes well with so many desserts so you may want to freeze a stash to add to desserts or have as a treat at any time.

  1. Make Your Sauce
    Make and cool your toffee sauce before freezing.
  2. Portion Out
    You will need some freezer-safe containers. One container for every portion of toffee sauce you have. It is best to freeze your toffee sauce in smaller amounts because you need to thaw out the whole container when it comes to thawing and no one wants that delicious, sticky sauce to go to waste! Pour the sauce into the containers. Leave a little gap at the top of the container because the sauce will expand as it freezes.
  3. Seal
    Seal the containers tightly.
  4. Double Seal
    Add a layer of tin foil for extra protection against freezer burn.
  5. Freeze
    Label the containers and pop the toffee sauce into the freezer.

Freeze Toffee Sauce

3 Tips for Freezing Sticky Toffee Pudding

Now you know how to freeze sticky toffee pudding in a variety of ways, we’ve got our 3 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing it to have the best results:

  • Freeze the Sauce Separately – If you freeze it with the sauce, you’ll have some serious textural issues when you come to serve it up in future. Instead, keep them apart. This also gives you a bit of flexibility with how and when you use the toffee sauce.
  • Avoid the Microwave – You can defrost sticky toffee pudding in the microwave, but it will often lead to it becoming quite rubbery. If possible, thaw in the fridge overnight.
  • Freeze it Unbaked – If you haven’t baked it yet then try freezing it unbaked and cooking it on the day of serving. This will be the best way to limit any major textural changes.

How Long Can You Freeze Sticky Toffee Pudding?

Whether you have frozen your sticky toffee pudding unbaked or baked, then you should be able to keep it in the freezer for up to three months. After this, the pudding can degrade or suffer from freezer burn, so it’s best to eat it while still at its best!

You Can Freeze Sticky Toffee Pudding for up to 3 Months

How Do You Defrost Sticky Toffee Pudding?

For best results, you should allow your sticky toffee pudding to defrost slowly. The best way to do this is to take it out of the freezer and pop it into the freezer to thaw out overnight.

Whilst you can try and defrost it in the microwave to speed up this process you are in danger of making the pudding rubbery and overcooked in texture. If you’re in a rush, then you can use this method.

But when you can, try and allow it to thaw out slowly.

The same applies to the toffee sauce. Allow it to defrost slowly in the fridge for several hours. Then you can heat it in a pan on the hob.

Can You Refreeze Sticky Toffee Pudding?

In short, the answer to whether or not you can refreeze sticky toffee pudding is no. We wouldn’t recommend that you refreeze many foods and sticky toffee pudding can deteriorate in the freezer if you aren’t careful.

Does Sticky Toffee Pudding Freeze Well?

Sticky toffee pudding isn’t one of those dishes that freezes perfectly. There is likely to be some change in texture, and this can affect how it tastes. There shouldn’t be enough change to ruin the pudding!

As long as you are careful when you freeze, thaw and heat up, then you should have a delicious sticky toffee pudding that you will enjoy as much as you would have if it had been made freshly.

Related FAQs

If you’ve still got questions about freezing sticky toffee pudding or pudding in general, then these may help:

Can You Freeze Shop-Bought Sticky Toffee Pudding?

You SHOULD be able to, but the best approach to take here is to check the packaging. All supermarket desserts are likely to state whether or not it is suitable for home freezing.

Can You Freeze Other Puddings?

Other puddings from Spotted Dick to ginger puddings can all be frozen in much the same way. The key thing to remember is to ensure they are airtight and sealed. This is why we would always recommend adding two layers of protection.

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