In the song “We Wish You A Merry Christmas,'' carolers make it very clear they require figgy pudding and won’t leave until they get some. So what is this figgy pudding that they’re demanding? It might be a little different than you think:
- Figgy pudding is a steamed, dome-shaped cake made with alcohol and dried fruit.
- It isn’t pudding like we think of and doesn’t contain figs.
- In the UK, “pudding” refers to the sweet, final course of a meal, or what we call “dessert”.
- Figgy pudding is also known as “plum pudding” and in pre-Victorian England “plum” referred to any kind of dried fruit.
- Traditionally, it’s aged for 5 weeks to help richen its flavors.
- Right before it’s served, it’s doused in brandy and set on fire.
- Typical ingredients of modern figgy pudding includes breadcrumbs, eggs, brown sugar, suet (solid white animal fat), raisins, currants, candied orange peel, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, and alcohol.