An exceptional British traditional dessert, this holiday confection is seriously delicious, particularly when accompanied by the fine sauce in this recipe. Outstanding.

Hot Fig Pudding

Hot Fig Pudding
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Serves: 10
  • 1/2 Cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Cup molasses
  • 2 Cups finely chopped dried figs
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1 Cup buttermilk
  • 2 1/2 Cups sifted flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Hot Wine Sauce:
  • 1/2 Cup butter
  • 1 Cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 Cup dry Sherry
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  1. Pudding: Cream butter until soft. Beat in eggs and molasses until fluffy. Stir in figs, lemon peel and buttermilk. Resift flour with soda, baking powder, ginger and salt. Stir dry ingredients into pudding mixture.
  2. Pour into greased 9 inch tube pan.
  3. Bake at 325 degrees 1 hour until done.
  4. Meanwhile, to make sauce, cream butter and sugar until light. Beat in eggs. Stir in sherry, lemon peel and nutmeg.
  5. Shortly before serving, beat sauce over hot water in double boiler. Heat thoroughly. Serve with hot pudding.

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