It’s day 2 of the 5 days of Christmas gifts for neighbors series here on Schooling a Monkey. Today, I’m sharing one of my favorite edible gifts: the figgy pudding!
Do you remember the line in “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” that says, “now bring us some figgy pudding?” Many years ago, I decided to find a recipe for that very dish. It turns out, it is quite amazing. It’s like a fruitcake, but without the strange texture and it is so, so much better. The flavor is full of rich spices and you will probably be the only one handing that out to neighbors, so figgy pudding has that advantage at least!
True figgy pudding is supposed to be made over a period of about a month (from right after Thanksgiving to Christmas), but I found a cheater recipe that takes much less time.
Carrot cake mix
12 ounces of figs (dried or fresh)
If you use dried figs, soak them in about 2 cups of water for 2-3 hours before starting the first step. Boil the figs in 2 cups of water for about 10 minutes.
Drain the figs (save the water) and cut the figs into small pieces. Set aside.
Mix the cake mix up according to package directions (I like to use butter instead of oil).
Drop the figs, 1 cup of raisins, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg, 2 tablespoons of orange marmalade, and the zest of the orange into the bowl and mix up. If you like a lot of carrot flavor, grate another carrot into the mix. If you like the flavor that brandy offers, put about 2-3 tablespoons in the batter.
Line the inside of your loaf pans with foil. This recipe makes about 2-3 medium-sized loaves. Leave enough foil around the edge so you can completely cover the pudding while it cooks. Pour the batter into the loaf pans.
Cook in a 350 F. oven for 30 minutes uncovered. After the time is up, place the cover around the top of the pudding and cook for an additional hour or until a toothpick comes out clean (depending on the size of your loaves they may not take this long to cook).
When the puddings cool completely, wrap in plastic wrap then in your desired wrapping paper. I used butcher paper with smaller sections of white and red paper in the center of the loaf to make it festive.
Instruct your neighbors to serve their pudding warm with whipped cream. You may want to also include a copy of the recipe since the pudding is so amazing.
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