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Figgy Pudding

Figgy pudding is dense and moist — a perfect finale to your Christmas dinner. Though traditionally steamed or boiled, this figgy pudding recipe is baked in a fluted tube pan. Orange zest, orange marmalade, and orange flavoring add fruity flavor to every bite. Drizzle a sweetened glaze over the cake before slicing, or add a dollop of whipped cream to each piece.

How to Make It

Gently heat buttermilk and figs in a saucepan over medium-low heat until softened, 10 to 15 minutes; set aside until cool.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a tube pan. Grease one side of a sheet of aluminum foil.

Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt together into a bowl.

Beat eggs in a separate, large bowl with an electric mixer on high speed for 1 minute. Add the cooled fig and buttermilk mixture, bread crumbs, melted butter, almonds, orange marmalade, orange zest, and orange-vanilla flavoring; beat on low speed until blended.

Gradually mix in the sifted flour mixture until just incorporated.

Spoon batter into the prepared pan and cover with the greased foil.

Bake in the preheated oven until firm and pulling away from sides of the pan, about 1 hour 15 minutes to 2 hours.

Remove from the oven and let cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Turn out onto a wire rack.


  • 1 ¾ cups buttermilk

  • 12 ounces dried Calimyrna figs, coarsely chopped

  • 1 ½ cups white whole-wheat flour (such as King Arthur)

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 3 large eggs

  • 1 ½ cups dry bread crumbs

  • ½ cup butter, melted

  • 1 (2.45 ounce) package sliced almonds

  • 3 tablespoons orange marmalade

  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest

  • ½ teaspoon orange-vanilla flavoring, such as Fiori di Sicilia (Optional)

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