Learn how to make figgy pudding, the Christmas dessert from Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol, with this easy recipe. Figgy pudding is an elegant English dessert that is made with dried fruit and brandy. It’s a delicious treat you won’t want to miss!
For the Fruit Mixture
- 1 3/4 cups mission figs, diced (250g)
- 1/2 cup raisins (85g)
- 1/2 cup golden raisins (85g)
- 1/2 cup dried currants (85g)
- 1/2 cup brandy (120 ml)
For the Cake Batter
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter (115g)
- 3/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed (150g)
- 1 tablespoon molasses (15 ml)
- 1 tablespoon orange zest
- 2 large eggs
- 2/3 cup all-purpose flour (75g)
- 1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs (40g)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon mixed spice
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped (50g)
Prepare the Fruit & Pudding Basin (30 min + 1 hr soaking)
- Soak the fruit. Dice the figs, then toss them with the raisins, golden raisins, currants, and brandy until well mixed. Cover the fruit mixture and let stand for at least 1 hour, stirring occasionally. If you have the time, let the fruit stand overnight.
- Prepare the basin. Lightly butter a 1.5-liter pudding basin and line its bottom with a circle of parchment paper. If you don’t have a pudding basin, use a mixing bowl or other large bowl with a rim.
- Make the pudding cover. Cut a piece of aluminum foil and parchment paper large enough to cover the basin. Place the parchment on top of the foil, then fold a 1-inch pleat in the center of the covering.
Making the Cake Batter (30 min)
- Cream the butter. Beat the butter with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until pale, about 2 minutes. Add the brown sugar and beat until fluffy, about 1 minute.
- Add eggs. Beat in the molasses, then the eggs in one at a time, adding a couple spoonfuls of flour with each egg to prevent the mixture from curdling.
- Add dry ingredients. Fold the flour, breadcrumbs, baking powder, orange zest, and spices into the egg mixture until smooth and well blended. Make sure there are no lumps of flour or other ingredients.
- Add the fruit. Dump the chopped walnuts, the fruit mixture, and any remaining brandy into the cake batter. Gently stir the figgy pudding batter until everything is well mixed, then pack the batter into the prepared pudding basin.
- Cover the pudding. Place the prepared cover parchment-side down on top of the pudding. Tightly tie a string under the rim of the pudding basin, then make a string handle so you can lift the pudding out of the pot. Roll up the edges of the foil and parchment to create a seal.
Steaming the Pudding (4 hrs)
- Make a steamer. Bring a large kettle of water to a boil. Place a metal jam jar lid on the bottom of a 6-quart Dutch oven and put the covered pudding on top of the lid.
- Steam the pudding. Once the water has boiled, pour enough boiling water into the pot to go halfway up the pudding basin. Cover the Dutch oven with its lid and bring the pot to a full boil, then turn the heat down to low and simmer for 4 to 5 hours. Check the pudding every hour or so and top up the pot with fresh boiling water to keep the water level halfway up the pudding basin.
- Check the pudding. The pudding is cooked when it is a dark brown and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.
- Cool and age. Let the pudding cool uncovered until it’s completely cool, about 6 to 8 hours. Re-cover it with fresh parchment and foil, as you did earlier, and store in a cool, dark place for at least 4 weeks. This aging time allows the pudding to develop a richer flavor.
- Reheat. Just before serving, steam the pudding for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Turn it out onto the serving plate and peel off the parchment circle.
- Serve. Pour warm brandy over the pudding and ignite it with a long kitchen match for a dramatic presentation of blue flames. Once the flames die down, garnish the pudding with a holly sprig and serve with brandy butter.
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- Category: Pudding
- Method: Steamed
- Cuisine: English
Keywords: figgy pudding recipe, traditional