Best Figgy Pudding Recipe 2021

Figgy Pudding Recipe

Best Figgy Pudding Recipe 2021

Figgy is a spice-like soufflé made with figs and walnuts. Some versions contain plums, but they aren’t necessarily a must. In some cases, figs aren’t used in it at all, though the recipe below contains figs. The cake is moist, delicious and fairly easy to make.

Americans may not be as familiar with it as British folks, as it is a common holiday dessert in Britain. In more recent years, it is served as a steamed cake that contains currants, raisins, and brandy. This could be why it is still so popular!

The dessert traditionally is served around Christmas and has quite a bit of Christian symbolism to tie in with the holiday. It contained 13 ingredients, which represented the 12 apostles and Jesus Christ.

The cake was also adorned with a holly sprig on top to represent the crown of thorns Jesus wore in the Bible when he was crucified. Variations over the years have changed, but that is how it was originally prepared and presented.

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What is a figgy pudding made of?

While researching various recipes for this post, I found a huge amount of differences between ingredients. While most of the recipes I found use dried figs, many of them also mix in other dried fruits like dates or raisins. Some omit figs altogether! (Strange, right?)

I didn’t see many recipes using fresh figs. My guess is that is because figs are generally out of season during Christmastime, so dried figs and other dried fruits are more widely available.

But, if you think ahead in the summertime and save a gallon ziplock bag of figs in the freezer, you’ll be able to make this figgy pudding with an amazing fresh fig taste!

Figs freeze extremely well and thaw quickly. There’s not much difference between fresh and frozen figs.

Or, even make figgy pudding in the summertime while they’re freshly picked! Why not?

This figgy pudding recipe includes molasses for a rich sweet flavor, plus orange zest and spices for a Christmassy feel.

It also contains plenty of butter, eggs, and buttermilk. For flour, I’m using Wheat Montana’s Prairie Gold flour. It’s my favorite non-GMO healthy flour and I love using it for all my baking!

This post is sponsored by Wheat Montana. All opinions are 100% my own.

Is figgy pudding the same as plum pudding?

Apparently, in the Victorian era, people used the word “plum” to refer to any type of dried fruit. Often, the terms figgy pudding and plum pudding are interchangeable.

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What does figgy pudding taste like?

In a word, delightful! If you’ve ever tasted fresh figs, this pudding enhances their flavor while adding warm Christmas spices and a rich sweetness.

If you like Fig Newtons, figgy pudding kind of has a similar taste. But it’s moist and so much better.

How Long Does the Pudding Take to Make?

A traditional figgy pudding takes two days to make. The first day is when all the ingredients are mixed well, covered, refrigerated and left overnight.

On the next day, you grease a basin (a stainless steel pan with no handle), put the dough in it, and cover the dough with wax paper. The basin is then sat in a large pan of water to steam for eight hours.

When the pudding is cool, it is wrapped in wax paper, put into a pastry bag and stored till Christmas day. Prior to serving, the pudding is warmed up by the steaming method for two hours.

To serve, warm brandy is poured over the pudding and lit. The flaming pudding is ceremoniously taken to the table as the family anxiously await that great moment.

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10 Servings0 Hours 10 Mins2 Hours 35 Mins


  • 1 ¾ cups buttermilk
  • 12 ounces dried Calimyrna figs, coarsely chopped
  • 1 ½ cups white whole-wheat flour (such as King Arthur®)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups dry bread crumbs
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 1 (2.45 ounce) package sliced almonds
  • 3 tablespoons orange marmalade
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • ½ teaspoon orange-vanilla flavoring (such as Fiori di Sicilia® (Optional)


  1. Gently heat buttermilk and figs in a saucepan over medium-low heat until softened, 10 to 15 minutes; set aside until cool.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a tube pan.
  3. Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt together in a bowl.
  4. Beat eggs in a large bowl with an electric hand mixer on high for 1 minute. Add fig-and-buttermilk mixture, bread crumbs, butter, almonds, orange marmalade, orange zest, and orange-vanilla flavoring to the beaten eggs; beat on low speed until blended. Gradually add flour mixture while beating until just incorporated into a batter. Spoon batter into prepared pan. Grease a sheet of aluminum foil; use to cover pan.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until firm and pulling away from sides of the pan, about 2 hours. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan.

Is Figgy Pudding the same as fruit cake?

Figgy pudding – aka plum pudding, plum porridge, Christmas pudding, and steamed pudding – is chockablock with dried fruit but tastes nothing like fruitcake.

Is Figgy Pudding the same as sticky toffee pudding?

Again, the English have very different definition of pudding. Like the Christmas pudding and figgy puddings before it, the sticky toffee pudding is usually steamed for maximum moisture. Instead of figs, however, very finely chopped dates are added to the cake, which gets covered in a toffee sauce.


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