Fig sponge pudding served in a baking dish

Fig sponge pudding

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 1 hr plus cooling

Easy

Serves 6-8

Sponge pudding gets taken up a level with the addition of delicious baked figs and thyme, resulting in a seriously comforting wintry dessert. Serve warm with cream, ice cream or Greek yogurt

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: Per serving (8)

  • kcal733
  • fat32g
  • saturates19g
  • carbs98g
  • sugars75g
  • fibre6g
  • protein10g
  • salt1.3g
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Ingredients

  • 250g butter, softened, plus extra for the dish
    Butter

    Butter

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

  • 5 tbsp golden syrup
    Golden syrup

    Golden syrup

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    Golden syrup is a clear, sparkling, golden-amber coloured, sweet

  • 4 tbsp honey
    Honey

    Honey

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    Honey is made by bees from the nectar they collect from flowers. Viscous and fragrant, it's…

  • 8 fresh figs
    Fig

    Fig

    fig

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

  • 4 large eggs
    Eggs

    Egg

    egg

    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 250g golden caster sugar
  • 250g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
    Baking powder

    Baking powder

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    Baking powder is a raising agent that is commonly used in cake-making. It is made from an alkali…

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the topping

  • 4 tbsp full-fat Greek yogurt
  • 2-3 thyme sprigs (optional)
  • extra virgin olive oil or honey, for drizzling (optional)

Method

  1. Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Butter a 20 x 22cm ovenproof dish, then pour in the golden syrup and honey. Trim the stalks from the figs, then cut a deep cross in the top, just so they open out a bit, but be careful not to cut all the way through. Sit the figs upright on top of the syrup and put them in the oven to bake for 15-20 mins until softened and starting to caramelise a little at the edges.

  2. While the figs are cooking, make the sponge mixture. Put the eggs, sugar, flour, baking powder, vanilla and butter in a bowl and use an electric whisk to beat until smooth. 

  3. Remove the dish from the oven, scoop the figs out with a slotted spoon and set aside. Once the syrup mixture has cooled in the dish, take spoonfuls of the sponge batter and gently place them on top of the syrup. It’s best to do this all the way around the edge first, then end in the middle – this helps keep the syrup mixture separate. Smooth the batter out very gently to cover any gaps and seal the syrup mixture in. 

  4. Bake for 35-40 mins or until the sponge springs back when pressed. Allow to cool for around 5 mins or until just warm, then seconds before serving, dot the surface with eight small dollops of the yogurt. Top each mound with a baked fig, then scatter over some thyme leaves and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, if you like.

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Beth Thomas8765
29th Oct, 2019
This looks amazing! Can't wait to try
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