Figgy Christmas pudding

Figgy Christmas pudding

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Prep: 1 hr Cook: 1 hr - 3 hrs

Easy

Makes a 500ml, 1-litre and 2-litre pudding
A classic that every Christmas table should have. Make ahead and simply steam the puds to reheat on the big day

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per 500ml pudding

  • kcal1262
  • fat34g
  • saturates21g
  • carbs228g
  • sugars184g
  • fibre12g
  • protein13g
  • salt1.57g
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Ingredients

  • 250g pack butter, softened, plus extra for the bowls and paper

    Butter

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    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 750g dried figs

    Fig

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    Although not juicy, the fig is an incredibly luscious fruit, with a delicate aroma and sweet…

  • 150ml brandy

    Brandy

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    Brandy is a distilled spirit made from virtually any fermented fruit or starchy vegetable.…

  • 700g mixed sultanas and raisins (we used Waitrose mixed vine fruits from the Wholesome range)
  • 3 eating apples, peeled, cored and grated

    Apple

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    Grown in temperate regions, apples are one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits. There are…

  • 175g light muscovado sugar
  • 175g dark brown soft sugar

    Sugar

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    Honey and syrups made from concentrated fruit juice were the earliest known sweeteners. Today,…

  • 200g breadcrumbs
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 1 tbsp allspice

Method

  1. Butter a 500ml, a 1-litre and a 2-litre pudding bowl, then line the base of each with a circle of baking parchment. Butter 3 large sheets of greaseproof paper, lay each on a large sheet of foil butter side up, and fold a pleat in the middle of each.

  2. Roughly chop 250g of the figs and set aside. Put the remaining figs, butter and brandy into a food processor and whizz until smooth-ish, then scrape into your largest mixing bowl. Tip in the chopped figs, mixed vine fruits, grated apple, sugars, breadcrumbs, flour and allspice. Stir everything together, allowing as many helpers to give a stir and adding as many wishes as you like. Divide between the pudding bowls and smooth the surfaces.

  3. Cover the puds with the buttered paper-foil sheets, tie with string and trim. Lower the puds into separate saucepans with upturned saucers or scrunched up bits of foil in the bottom (so the puds don’t touch the bottom), then fill each pan with enough boiling water from the kettle to come halfway up the sides of the bowl. Cover with a lid and simmer the small pud for 1-1½ hrs, medium for 2-2½ hrs and large for 3 hrs, topping up the water as needed. Remove and leave to cool. If giving as a gift, put a new piece of parchment on top. Will keep in a cool, dry cupboard for up to a year.

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Comments (17)

juliajc's picture

I made this a few weeks ago and just tried one of the little ones to make sure they were ok before giving to others. All I can say is, oh my! So very good! This will b an annual ritual now I think. I microwaved it. 1 min in the bowl, then another 1.5 mins in the bowls we ate from. Cognac flamed over then brandy cream on top. Wonderful!

mamasash's picture
5

I have always wanted to try this and finally did this year! I halved the recipe and made one 2lt pudding. It seemed quite dry and I had to re read the recipe to see if I had missed an ingredient but went with it and boy was it lovely....it was a hit all round, tasty, moist, lighter than traditional Christmas pudding and I will definitely be doing it again :)

katysimpson's picture
5

Made it for the first time this Christmas and it as a massive hit. Everyone said that it was nicer than a traditional Christmas pudding. Will definitely be making again this Christmas.

clarkesa's picture

I made the figgy pudding for my husband Christmas 2012, he loved it. I made one big one, and as I don't like figs I wrapped the other half in greaseproof paper followed by tin foil and place into an airtight container for this Christmas. I'll let you know if it has improved with age.

lizleicester's picture
5

Made several of these back in November and wondered how they'd be... They're delicious and made a fantastic contribution to our festive food (with enough to give one to my parents as they go home).

garlicface's picture

I calculated the recipe to make a litre pudding. Wow it was fantastic. I was a bit worried because like other people have mentioned it did not fill the bowl. However, Hubby said it was the best i had ever made so i will keep making this one for sure!

cutiegirl's picture

Is there a substitute for the brandy? (non-alcoholic)

crepello1957's picture

Any one any idea how long this needs to be microwaved?

lcmays's picture
5

I have made this for two years running and I keep getting the requests for the puddings I don't use!! Everyone loves it, I hate Christmas pudding, instead of brandy I use drambruie as I don't like normal brandy and it gives it a more delicate flavour. We have it with cream but I think I can remember my mum telling me my dad had it with custard!!!
A very yummy recipe!

sabamoley's picture
5

I made this last year and it was delicious. Just finished making this years. I did reheat it in the microwave with no probs, but can't remember how long it took. The recipe always seems to make less than it should - I filled two 1-litre pudding bowls and one 500ml pudding bowl from this recipe.

francoaristo's picture

Can it be microwaved to reheat?

lcmays's picture
5

I really loathe Christmas pudding but I made this last year and gave my mum and dad one of the others, and everyone loved it, even me!! It's extremely filling but delicious. Will be making it again this year.

syrianboy's picture
5

This is one of the best puddings i have ever tried, surprised you dont need any eggs...

flower1234's picture
5

This was absolutely delicious, had always made christmas pudding previously but this was really easy to make, and had a really nice fruity mellow flavour. Was surprised about the small amount of brandy and the lack of eggs, but worked perfectly. Will make next year too.

flocor's picture
5

Delicious Christmas Pudding - one I will most definately be using again and again

joinns's picture

Is it correct there are no eggs in this?

paula22springfarm's picture
5

Obviously I haven't eaten it yet but it was very easy to make, there weren't too many ingredients or anything difficult to buy and it smells wonderful. We are looking forward to the big day.

Questions (2)

katysimpson's picture
5

If you make this in advance of Christmas how do you store it? Fridge or freezer?

katysimpson's picture
5

If you make it ahead of time, how do you store it? Do you keep it in the fridge or freeze it?

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