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Figgy pudding is a European-style pudding resembling something like a white Christmas pudding containing figs. The pudding may be baked, steamed in the oven, boiled or fried.

"The history of figgy pudding dates back to 17th century England. The ancestor of figgy pudding (and plum pudding) is a medieval spiced porridge known as Frumenty. Today, the term figgy pudding is known mainly because of a popular Christmas carol. The carolers singing "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" mention it numerous times throughout the song. Currently figgy pudding is not very popular but is thought about during the holiday season. It is a British-style pudding, or dessert, resembling something like a white Christmas pudding. The pudding may be baked, steamed in the oven, or boiled."
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Recipe for Figgy Pudding

   * 1/2 cup butter
   * 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
   * 1 cup granulated sugar
   * 3 large egg yolks
   * 1 cup milk
   * 2 tablespoons rum extract (or flavored extract of your
       choice)
   * 2 apples, peeled and cored and finely chopped
   * 2 pounds dried figs, ground or finely chopped
   * Grated peel of 1 lemon and 1 orange
   * 1 cup chopped nuts
   * 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
   * 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
   * 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
   * 1 1/2 cups dried bread crumbs
   * 2 teaspoons baking powder
   * 3 large egg whites, stiffly beaten
   * 1 strip of bacon, finely crushed (optional - New England variant)

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 °F. Generously grease an oven-proof 2-quart bowl or mold; set aside.
  2. Cream together butter and shortening.
  3. Gradually add sugar, egg yolks, milk, extract, apple, figs, lemon and orange peel.
  4. Add next 6 ingredients, mixing well. Fold stiffly beaten egg whites into mixture.
  5. Pour into prepared bowl or mold and place into large shallow pan and place on middle rack in oven.
  6. Fill the shallow pan half-full with boiling water and slowly steam pudding in oven at 325 °F for 4 hours, replacing water as needed.

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The Fig Fruits:
"the fig fruits, important as both food and traditional medicine, contain laxative substances, flavonoids, sugars, vitamins A and C, acids and enzymes. However, figs are skin allergens, and the sap is a serious eye irritant. The fig is commonly thought of as fruit, but it is properly the flower of the fig tree. It is in fact a false fruit or multiple fruit, in which the flowers and seeds grow together to form a single mass."

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Figgy Pudding with Flaming Brandy
It has its origins in England, and is sometimes known as plum pudding, though this can also refer to other kinds of boiled pudding involving a lot of dried fruit.
Recipes for plum puddings appear mainly, if not entirely, in the seventeenth century and later.
Christmas Pudding
is the dessert traditionally served on Christmas day
Did you know? After Christmas, "Christmas puddings have very good keeping properties and many families keep one back from Christmas to be eaten at another celebration later in the year, often at Easter. Some take the practice so far as to make each year's pudding the previous Christmas."
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