Figgy Christmas pudding

Figgy Christmas pudding

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(13 ratings)

Prep: 1 hr Cook: 1 hr - 3 hrs


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



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 750g dried figs



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

  • 150ml brandy



    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



    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



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

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


  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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23rd Dec, 2012
Any one any idea how long this needs to be microwaved?
28th Nov, 2012
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!
25th Nov, 2012
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.
23rd Nov, 2012
Can it be microwaved to reheat?
1st Dec, 2011
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.
4th Sep, 2011
This is one of the best puddings i have ever tried, surprised you dont need any eggs...
9th Jan, 2011
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.
26th Dec, 2010
Delicious Christmas Pudding - one I will most definately be using again and again
3rd Dec, 2010
Is it correct there are no eggs in this?
22nd Nov, 2010
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.


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