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Figgy pudding recipe
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Weve all heard the Christmas song about the carolers who wont stop singing until they get some figgy pudding, but no one really seems to know what is a figgy pudding. According to my research, figgy pudding is also known as Christmas pudding, what is that you say? A steamed pudding with a lot of figs. Nowadays figgy pudding has a lot of raisins, sultanas, and some dates in it. Figgy pudding could have been a precursor to the Christmas fruitcake (or perhaps it was figgy pudding left out too long.)
It still plays an important part in Christmas celebrations in Britain. Served after a huge traditional main course consisting of turkey, sprouts, parsnips, carrots and roast potatoes, its a rich, heavy, very fattening and sleep-inducing potion, sorry, dessert. But Christmas just wouldnt be Christmas without one.

Recipe from Bon Apetit
Figgy Pudding
½ lb. dried figs
1 ¼ cup bread crumbs
1 cup chopped walnuts or blanched almonds
1 cup light brown sugar
½ cup candied grapefruit peel
1/3 cup candied lemon peel
3 Tablespoons melted butter
4 beaten eggs
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
Chop figs into small pieces, mix with breadcrumbs, add nuts and remaining ingredients. Place mixture into a greased mold and steam for 2 ½ hours, or bake in a 325 degree oven for 1 hour.
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