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Christmas Figgy Pudding

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Surprise your guests with a delicious Christmas Figgy Pudding adding a Victorian flare to your dinner! Enjoy the sweetness of the figs with warm undertones of spices. Top with a Rum Icing or enjoy an alcohol free Christmas Pudding by eliminating the Rum. Or consider a Rum soaked Figgy Pudding by pouring Rum over the pudding while still warm. Any way you serve it, takes you back to a different time! 

Most of us love the song “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”. We see this phrase everywhere from Christmas cards to decorations. But there are lyrics that take us back to the Victorian time period:

Oh, bring us a figgy pudding;
Oh, bring us a figgy pudding;
Oh, bring us a figgy pudding and a cup of good cheer;

We won’t go until we get some;
We won’t go until we get some;
We won’t go until we get some, so bring some out here

We wish you a Merry Christmas;
We wish you a Merry Christmas;
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Figgy Pudding Recipe

There are many options when serving a Christmas Figgy Pudding that includes a Rum focused dessert or alcohol free where the sweetness of the figs and spices are the dominant flavors. Consider serving warm or at room temperature to enjoy the flavors. 

Gather the ingredients and start with creaming the butter until fluffy adding in molasses, buttermilk, and eggs. Slowly add and mix in dry ingredients ending with mixing in the figs and walnuts. Spray a bundt pan with non-stick spray that includes the flour. This makes it so much easier to remove the Christmas Figgy Pudding from the bundt pan. Pour the batter in the prepared bundt pan placing into a preheated 350 degree oven. Bake for 50 to 60 until firm. Let cool for about 10 minutes and then carefully remove to cool on baking rack. Figgy Pudding is a heavy, dense cake. 

Serving Christmas Figgy Pudding

Enjoy Figgy Pudding with or without alcohol. A popular option is to wrap the warm Figgy Pudding with cheesecloth pouring Rum over the top allowing it to soak through the pudding. Then top the warm Figgy Pudding with a Rum Icing, which will then slightly melt and is just fabulous! Serve it warm or at room temperature. Remember to store it tightly wrapped so it does not dry out! Add the Rum Icing to the portion of Figgy Pudding that you will enjoy. When ready for another piece, reheat in the microwave, adding some of the Rum Icing. 

Another option is to add the Rum Icing to the warm Christmas Figgy Pudding without pouring Rum over the cake. Or when making the Icing, eliminate the Rum for an non-alcoholic version. 

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Figgy Pudding served

Christmas Figgy Pudding

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Surprise your guests with a delicious Christmas Figgy Pudding adding a Victorian flare to your dinner! Enjoy the sweetness of the figs with warm undertones of spices. Top with a Rum hard icing or enjoy an alcohol free Christmas Pudding by eliminating the Rum. Or consider a Rum soaked Figgy Pudding by pouring Rum over the pudding while still warm.
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Course: Christmas, Dessert, Holidays
Cuisine: English
Keyword: Christmas Figgy Pudding
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Servings: 16 servings
servings
Calories: 302kcal
Author: Bernice

Equipment

  • Cutting board and knife
  • Bundt pan
  • Medium size bowl
  • Mixing bowl and mixer (ie., stand up mixer or hand mixer)
  • Small mixing bowl
  • Hand mixer

Ingredients

Wet Ingredients

  • ½ cup Butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup Molasses
  • 1 cup Buttermilk
  • 2 Eggs

Dry Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups Flour sifted
  • 1/2 tsp Orange Or Lemon Peel grated
  • ½ tsp Baking Soda
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • ½ tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • tsp Cloves

Add-In Ingredients

  • 2 cups Dried Figs about 1 pound, stems removed, chopped
  • ½ cup Walnuts chopped

Rum Icing for the Figgy Pudding

  • ½ cup Powdered Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Butter softened
  • 1 to 2 tbsp Rum
  • 1 tsp Vanilla

Instructions

Oven Preparation

  • Preheat at 325 degrees.
  • Figgy Pudding bakes for 50 to 60 minutes.
  • Spray a Bundt Pan with non-stick spray.

Initial Ingredients Preparation

  • Sift the flour into a medium size bowl
  • Add the remaining dry ingredients
  • Prepare the dried figs by removing the stems and chopping to desired size
  • Chop the walnuts

Figgy Pudding Preparation

  • With a stand up mixer, cream the butter until fluffy
  • Add molasses and blend
  • Add buttermilk and blend
  • Mix in eggs
  • Slowly blend in the dry ingredients until incorporated
  • Mix in the dried figs and walnuts
  • Spray a Bundt Pan with nonstick spray
  • Pour batter into the Bundt Pan
  • Bake for 50 to 60 minutes until firm.

Rum Icing Preparation

  • Place the butter in a small mixing bowl and blend with a hand mixer.
  • Slowly add powdered sugar, rum and vanilla blending until smooth.
  • Eliminate the rum for a non-alcoholic version.
  • Additional ingredients may be needed depending upon thickness desired.
  • Pour over a warm Figgy Pudding.

Recipe Notes

Calories are based upon serving size and how much Rum is added to the Christmas Figgy Pudding.
Nutrition Facts
Christmas Figgy Pudding
Amount Per Serving (16 servings)
Calories 302 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 41mg14%
Sodium 282mg12%
Potassium 563mg16%
Carbohydrates 48g16%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 29g32%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 276IU6%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 130mg13%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

36 comments

  1. The Figgy Pudding looks wonderful. With the holidays quickly coming up, this post reminds me that I want to make a steamed pudding recipe this fall.

  2. We have flamed Christmas pudding every year that our British BIL makes, but your figgy pudding looks to be a bit different (in a good way) than his. He’ll be over Boxing Day so I plan to make your Figgy Pudding for him and yes soaked with rum. Thanks for sharing.

  3. “We all want our figgy pudding…” Often wondered what that stuff was. We have a small fig tree. Got it to see what all the hype was about after watching ancient Rome movies. I put them in the fridge– like ’em cold. Made fig jam for the first time and was happy with the results. Not what I expected after eating fig newtons. Now this recipe. Many thanx, Bernice.

    1. I love that you have a fig tree!! I bet fig jam is delicious!! Figgy Pudding is a heavy, dense cake. It is interesting to eat. Let me know if you try it!

    1. I never kept the pudding longer than a week. But my research indicates if you keep the pudding wrapped in cheesecloth in the refrigerator it can keep up to two months. But I have never tried keeping it that long. But maybe I will have to see how it works so I can update this posting. Thanks for stopping by Supper Plate!

    1. Awwww. We want decadent desserts for the holidays. Then in the New Year we want healthy options. So I will be looking for low sugar dessert options. 💕

      1. Is this added sugar such as white sugar and brown sugar? What about natural sugar part of a food item? Same for carbs. Is this added carbs such as pie dough?

    1. Enjoy! Figgy Pudding is delicious!! There are so many options on how to add the Rum. Or make it without the Rum. Next year I will try another variation and will update the post.

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