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Sticky Toffee Pudding

I have never eaten this dessert before. Toffee Pudding just seemed "old school" to me, sort of like grape nut pudding, so when my friend Gordon was in town for a visit, we decided to visit a restaurant I had heard raves about. The restaurant was wonderful, but the desserts were unbelievable (they got me at homemade gelato) of course, I had to order the chocolate terrine. Gordon, god bless him, chose the Toffee Pudding with vanilla bean gelato. When his dish arrived, it looked NOTHING like what I had expected a Toffee Pudding to look like. My mind pictured a wet blob with chunks of dates poking out. Where I got this image, I don't know. Gordon took his first bite and responded with...."oh honey"..... I knew I had better take a bite before he got close to finishing or we would have ended up in a spoon fight. I was pleasantly surprised, it was hard to identify the dates in this warm, moist cake that was topped with hot caramel sauce and the vanilla bean gelato, j…

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