Brown Butter Figgy Pudding with Brown Butter Hard Sauce
“Please bring us some figgy pudding. Please bring us some figgy pudding. Please bring us some figgy pudding and bring it right here.”
Figgy pudding really does exist. And it’s not something you want to miss out on. We make it at our store throughout the Christmas season and it never lasts long.
One busy day a few years ago during the Christmas season, one of our good customers brought a figgy pudding into the store for us to taste. We were all intrigued…first, that figgy pudding really does exist and second, about what it tasted like. We’re happy to say that it was a huge hit! We all look forward to it every year.
There have been recipes for figgy pudding since the 15th century, but it hit its peak in popularity in the 19th century. An old English term for dessert is pudding, so figgy pudding is not the smooth, creamy, eat-it-with-a-spoon type that we’re most familiar with. It’s a steamed pudding that is very dense and cake-like.
We adapted this recipe from the one our wonderful customer brought us, which originated from Sunset magazine. It’s paired with a brown butter hard sauce that we can seriously eat with a spoon. It’s that good. It compliments and adds a bit of richness to the pudding.
This is definitely something you should bring to your next holiday gathering. You will definitely get applause.
- 1 1/4 cups butter*
- 1 lb dried mission figs, stemmed*
- 3 T orange juice
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar*
- 3 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour*
- 1 tsp baking powder*
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon*
- 1/2 tsp salt*
- 1/2 cup reserved brown butter
- 1 cup powdered sugar*
- 1 T orange emulsion*
- 1 tsp vanilla extract*
*These ingredients can be found in our store
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