Gluten-free toffee apple puddings

These pretty little apple puddings are the perfect way to end a meal on an autumn evening. The gluten-free pudding batter creates a particularly moist and pleasing texutre, while the lightly cooked apple slices and rich caramel sauce finish things off perfectly.

First published in 2019

You can make these puddings ahead of time, store them in an airtight tin for a day or two and reheat with a quick blast in the microwave.





  • 50g of dried apple
  • 50g of sultanas
  • 150ml of apple juice, preferably cloudy
  • 2 eggs, large
  • 3 tbsp of light olive oil, plus extra for greasing
  • 75g of light muscovado sugar
  • 125g of gluten-free self-raising flour
  • 1/2 tsp gluten-free baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Toffee sauce and garnish

  • 25g of unsalted butter
  • 1 apple, cored and finely sliced or peeled and scooped into balls using a melon baller
  • 50g of light muscovado sugar
  • 150ml of double cream


  • 8cm dariole moulds 6


Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4 and grease your pudding moulds with butter
In a small bowl, soak the dried apple slices and sultanas in the apple juice for about an hour
In a large mixing bowl, preferably with a handheld electric mixer, whisk the eggs with the oil and sugar for a few minutes until frothy
Add the flour, baking powder and cinnamon, along with the soaked fruits and juice, and mix well with a wooden spoon
Divide the mixture equally between the tins and place them on a baking sheet. Bake for about 20 minutes until well risen and firm on top and a cake tester or skewer inserted in the centre comes out reasonably clean (you don’t want any wet batter on the skewer but a few moist crumbs are fine)
Slide a thin knife around the inner rim of the tins and upturn the puddings onto a plate. Trim the bottoms to level them if you like
Make the sauce whilst the puddings are baking. Melt the butter in a shallow pan (a small sauté pan or frying pan), add the apple slices or balls and soften them for a couple of minutes
Remove the apple and set aside, add the sugar and cream to the pan and heat gently until the sugar dissolves and the sauce thickens slightly
Serve the puddings with the apple slices or balls on top and the sauce spooned over
First published in 2019

Howard is a food writer and presenter from Sheffield, who first caught the public’s attention on series four of The Great British Bake Off, going on to win their affection with his quirky style and love of unusual ingredients.

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