How to Cook Figgy Pudding: A Merry British Delight
Ah, the merry season is here, and what better way to spread the cheer than with a delightful dish straight from the heart of British traditions? Figgy Pudding, also known as plum pudding, is a beloved treat often savored during Christmas time. This scrumptious dessert, famously mentioned in the carol "We Wish You a Merry Christmas," is sure to light up your holiday table. So, let's embark on a gastronomic adventure and learn how to cook this festive delight!
Gather the Ingredients
Before embarking on our culinary voyage, let's ensure we have all the necessary ingredients at hand. Worry not, for the ingredients list is quite simple and easy to find. Here's what you'll need:
- 1 cup suet (vegetarian option: butter or vegetable shortening)
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 cups breadcrumbs
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 cups dried figs, finely chopped
- 1 cup currants or raisins
- 1 cup milk
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
With these delightful ingredients ready, let's move on to the next step!
Mixing and Steaming the Pudding
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the suet (or butter/vegetable shortening) and brown sugar. Mix them together until they form a creamy consistency.
- Gradually add the breadcrumbs and flour to the bowl, stirring continuously to ensure a smooth mixture.
- Now, it's time to bring fruity goodness to our puddings! Add the finely chopped dried figs and currants/raisins into the bowl.
- In a separate small bowl, whisk together the milk and eggs. Once thoroughly mixed, add this milky goodness to the large mixing bowl.
- Sprinkle in the ground cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and salt. These aromatic spices will give your Figgy Pudding that irresistible Christmas flavor!
- Give the mixture a good stir until all the ingredients combine perfectly, ensuring a moist consistency. If the mixture appears too dry, add a splash more milk.
Now that our Figgy Pudding mixture is ready, it's time to move on to the next exciting step!
Preparing for the Steamy Transformation
- Grease a pudding basin with butter or vegetable shortening. This will prevent the pudding from sticking to the sides, ensuring a smooth release.
- Pour the Figgy Pudding mixture into the greased basin, filling it up about two-thirds of the way. Leave some room for the pudding to expand as it steams.
- Cover the basin with a doubled-up sheet of parchment paper, followed by a sheet of aluminum foil. Ensure the wrapping is tight and secure, as we don't want any steam to escape during cooking.
- Place the pudding basin in a large pot or steamer containing enough boiling water to reach halfway up the sides of the basin.
- Cover the pot with a lid and allow the Figgy Pudding to steam for approximately 3-4 hours. Keep an eye on the water level, adding more boiling water as needed to maintain the steaming process.
As our Figgy Pudding steams away, filling our kitchens with sweet anticipation, let's move on to the final step!
Serving and Savoring the Festive Delight
- Once the steaming time has elapsed, carefully remove the pudding basin from the pot using oven mitts or tongs. Be cautious as the basin and contents will be hot.
- Remove the parchment paper and foil covering, and allow the pudding to cool for a few minutes.
- Now, it's time to unveil our culinary creation! Place a serving plate upside down on top of the basin, then swiftly flip the pudding over to release it onto the plate.
- Serve your Figgy Pudding warm, and for an extra touch, flambé it with a splash of brandy or rum. Creating a little fiery spectacle will truly add to the festive spirit!
- Accompany your Figgy Pudding with a dollop of rich brandy butter, brandy custard, or even luscious vanilla ice cream. The choice is yours!
Now, gather your loved ones around the table, and let the joyous indulgence commence. Fill your taste buds with the heartwarming flavors of this traditional British delight, and embrace the merriment of the holiday season!
So, why wait? Embrace the spirit of the season, and embark on a delightful journey into the world of Figgy Pudding. May your home be filled with the tantalizing aroma of spices and the laughter of loved ones, as you savor this magical creation together. Merry Christmas and a Happy Cooking Adventure!