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Figgy Pudding Recipe

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You probably remember it from the old Christmas song. Figgy pudding is a spice cake-like souffle made with figs and walnuts. It is moist, delicious, and easy to make.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: 12 servings


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 2 cups dried figs (about 1 pound), stems removed, chopped fine
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Garnish: Whipped cream


In an electric mixer, cream the butter until fluffy. Add the eggs and molasses and beat again. Add the figs, lemon peel, buttermilk, and walnuts. Blend 1 minute. Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Blend until everything is incorporated.

Grease and flour and 8 by 4-inch souffle dish and pour in the batter. Bake in a 325-degree F. oven for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Spoon the pudding out onto plates or cut it into wedges. Garnish with the whipped cream.

Yield: 12 servings

Recipe Source: The Frugal Gourmet Celebrates Christmas by Jeff Smith (Wm Morrow)
Reprinted with permission.

Figgy Pudding Recipe Photo © 2011 Jennifer D'Amore, licensed to About.com, Inc.
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 4 out of 5
Bring Us Some Figgy Pudding!!!, Member TamaraChronister

I read the 'awful' review and wondered why one person thought it was terrible while everyone else thought it was great. It had to be the molasses! I only had full flavor molasses on hand. So, to be safe, I used 3/4 cups molasses and 1/4 cup pure maple syrup. Friends had seen it made on a TV show and the people who made it also thought it was horrible. With this minor change in the recipe, it was delicious!!! Same couple took half of the left overs home!! It is a new tradition now to have it every Christmas!! Be sure to use a soufle or bundt pan or it will not get quite done in the middle! ALSO, take small portions of it after a big meal .... it is very filling as well as very tasty.

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