Everyone has heard of figgy pudding thanks to the classic holiday jingle “We Wish You A Merry Christmas”, but few people actually know what figgy pudding is, and even fewer people actually eat it during the holidays! But if you want to take a stab at this traditional Victorian desert, keep on reading for a great figgy pudding recipe!


Figgy pudding isn’t what you would think of when imagining pudding, and despite being sung about by carolers every year, there aren’t many people who have ever actually had figgy pudding. If you want to change that this year and broaden your holiday palette, try this figgy pudding recipe!

Figgy pudding is actually a spice cake, made from chopped fruit and dried figs (hence the name figgy pudding). A pudding is a traditional British desert, usually resembling what many Americans would think of as a sponge cake. It was very popular during the Victorian era, but has fallen off as a traditional desert in not only Britain, but worldwide.

If you want to take a traditional approach to your holiday dinner this year, try this figgy pudding recipe to switch things up a bit!

What you will need:

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
Whipped cream


Fluff the butter in an electric mixer, then add the eggs and molasses and blend until its beaten together. Add dried fogs, lemon peel, buttermilk, and walnuts and blend thoroughly. Add the flour, backing powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt, and blend batter until well mixed.

Transfer batter to a greased and floured 8×4-inch soufflé dish. Bake at 325 F for an hour, or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center.

Serve the figgy pudding spooned or sliced onto a plate or bowl, and garnish with whipped cream as desired.

This figgy pudding recipe is pretty simple to follow, and will serve around 12 people. For other figgy pudding recipe choices, be sure to check out Food.com and Suite101.com, cause we won’t stop until we get some!

What do you guys think of figgy pudding? Have you ever had it? Do you have a figgy pudding recipe you would like to share? Let us know by leaving some comments, and also check out the video tutorial on how to make figgy pudding below!!