We wish you a Merry Christmas; we wish you a Merry Christmas, we wish…
We’re all familiar with the song, but do you remember the lyrics about bringing me some figgy pudding? What does this even mean?
Well, it is an actual Christmas dessert. It doesn’t look anything like pudding, but it’s been a popular winter dessert for many years.
I’m going to share with you multiple pudding recipes. You can decide which one you like best if you might like it at all, and which one you may even be willing to serve to your loved ones this holiday season.
At the very least, the next time you sing ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’ you’ll know what this pudding is.
Here are the figgy pudding recipes to choose from:
1. Figgy Pudding Cobbler
This recipe is one the creator made similar to her peach cobbler recipe because she loved it a great deal.
Therefore, in the place of the peaches, she added figs. If you’re new to the figgy pudding idea, this recipe may be an excellent way to get your feet wet.
2. Christmas Figgy Pudding
I love this recipe because she walks you through the entire history of figgy pudding before giving you a traditional figgy pudding recipe.
It is a moist cake made with figs and finished off with a delicious toffee sauce. Considering I have fig trees in my yard, I’m excited to put them to use on this recipe.
3. What the Heck is Figgy Pudding?
I’m with the title of this recipe. I wondered for years what the heck figgy pudding was. Now that I know, and I’m excited about it.
This recipe is another traditional figgy pudding (cake) recipe, but instead of being finished with a sauce, they call only for whipped cream.
4. The Chocolate Figgy Pudding
If you haven’t figured it out by now, this pudding is a moist fruit cake. It isn’t a pudding (or what most Americans would consider a pudding.)
However, this traditional pudding cake recipe calls for added chocolate to the recipe. It also says you can add nuts or even raisins for a bolder flavor.
5. Warm Sticky Figgy Pudding
If the warm and sticky part didn’t grab your attention with a dessert, keep reading because you’re going to love this one.
This figgy pudding recipe is pretty traditional, but it’s topped with a cream and brown sugar sauce. Ice cream is added to it with fresh whipped cream and a fig. How have we not had this every Christmas of my life?
6. Crock Pot Figgy Pudding
If you’ve been around this blog long, you know anything I can make in a crockpot instantly makes it better in my book.
Even figgy pudding can now be created in a crockpot. Not only can you have a traditional dessert, but it can be made with little effort. Does this count as a Christmas miracle?
7. Christmas Pudding with Brandy Custard
Figgy pudding is also referred to as Christmas pudding. This is a traditional Irish recipe, and they also share how to make a brandy custard to accompany the pudding.
It may be a whole new experience for you, but I say try it at least once and see if your taste buds dance.
8. The Bundt Figgy Pudding
This pudding simplifies things when baking it because though she uses a traditional recipe, it’s baked in a bundt cake form for simplicity’s sake.
Even so, she also shares how to make a hard sauce (also known as a rum or bourbon sauce.) Plus, she shares how to flame your figgy pudding. Yes, they used to serve figgy pudding while it was on fire.
9. Genius Kitchen Figgy Pudding
Most recipes you find with pudding are almost the same, but they have a few slight differences. This recipe calls for breadcrumbs where other recipes do not.
Still, it also goes back to tradition by serving the pudding in a bundt cake form with a hard sauce.
10. The Fruitier Figgy Pudding
This pudding uses extra fruits the other recipes did not. It does call for dried figs, but it also uses currants, dried cranberries, and dried apricots.
If you might prefer a figgy pudding with more of a fruity flavor, you might want to give this recipe a try.
11. Brown Butter Gingerbread Figgy Pudding
This is another spin on pudding which sounds delicious. In the place of the bread crumbs, they call for gingerbread cookie crumbs or graham cracker crumbs.
Plus, they finish the individual puddings off with a delicious brown butter glaze. It looks like Christmas on a plate.
12. Paleo Gluten and Dairy Free Figgy Pudding
If you have food allergies or are trying to avoid certain types of foods for any reason, this recipe could help you to enjoy figgy pudding.
This recipe uses coconut flour in the place of all-purpose and also recommends subbing out the butter for ghee.
13. Steamed Fig Pudding
In some cases, pudding is steamed, not baked. It depends on how the recipe tells you to prepare it.
In this case, the recipe calls for boiling the pudding (in a situation similar to using a double-boiler) instead of baking it. It’s an unusual cooking method but would undoubtedly be one worth trying.
14. Christmas Figgy Pudding
I like this recipe for a figgy pudding because it looks simple and also gives you options. She walks you through the process of steaming the pudding if you prefer the traditional flavor.
However, she also shares with you how to bake the pudding as well. There’s no hard sauce included in this recipe. It’s recommended to finish the cake with powdered sugar or whipped cream.
15. Figgy Pudding Trifle with Brandy
This trifle is a different twist on the traditional pudding. You begin the trifle with trifle sponges in the bottom.
From there, they’re topped with a mixture of fig, brandy, sugar, and allspice. The dish is finished with custard, lemon double cream, and a candied lemon peel.
16. Newfoundland Figgy Duff
This recipe has nothing to do with figs. I learned through reading it; raisins were once also referred to as figs. Whether figgy pudding was initially made with raisins or figs, I’m not sure we’ll ever know.
However, this recipe is a steamed or boiled pudding recipe. If you aren’t a huge fan of the many spices in a traditional pudding, check out this one because it includes only basic ingredients such as flour, sugar, vanilla extract, milk, and a few other basics too.
You now have 16 different options for trying pudding. It’s different than many of our more modern desserts, but it’s good to bring back traditions from previous generations to avoid losing them.
I hope you’ll find this traditional Christmas dessert delicious and consider making it a part of your holidays in the future.