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Figgy pudding

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If you love sticky toffee pudding then here is a recipe that you simply must try. This lighter version of a Christmas pudding is packed with figs dates and prunes to make a lovely fruity pud.

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  • Serves:8
  • Skill level:medium

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Ingredients

  • 175g 6¼ oz Figs
  • 225g 8 oz Dates
  • 100g 3½ oz Prunes
  • 100ml 3½ fl oz Brandy
  • 50ml 1¾ fl oz Self-raising wholemeal flour (we like Allinson)
  • 125g 4½ oz Unrefined dark muscovado sugar (we like Billington's)
  • 1tsp 1tsp Mixed spice
  • 175g 6¼ oz Breadcrumbs
  • 1 1 Orange zest
  • 1 1 Orange juice
  • 2 2 Egg(s) (free range) beaten

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The Method Enter Bake mode

  1. Classic mode Step 1

    Chop the figs, dates and prunes into pieces using kitchen scissors. Place in a bowl and pour over the brandy. Leave to soak overnight.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 175g 6¼ oz Figs
    • 225g 8 oz Dates
    • 100g 3½ oz Prunes
    • 100ml 3½ fl oz Brandy
  2. Classic mode Step 2

    The next day stir together the flour, sugar, spice, breadcrumbs, orange zest and juice and eggs until well combined.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 50ml 1¾ fl oz Self-raising wholemeal flour (we like Allinson)
    • 125g 4½ oz Unrefined dark muscovado sugar (we like Billington's)
    • 1tsp 1tsp Mixed spice
    • 175g 6¼ oz Breadcrumbs
    • 1 1 Orange zest
    • 1 1 Orange juice
    • 2 2 Egg(s) (free range) beaten
  3. Classic mode Step 3

    Spoon the mixture into a 1 litre/2 pint pudding bowl. Cut a double circle of baking parchment that is much larger than the pudding basin, make a pleat in the centre then place over the pudding basin and cover with a circle of pleated foil.  Secure well with string, and loop a string handle over the top.

  4. Classic mode Step 4

    Place a saucer in a large pan, add the pudding then pour in some boiling water until it covers three quarters of the way up the pudding.

  5. Classic mode Step 5

    Cover the pan with a tight fitting lid. Bring to the boil, then lower the heat and simmer four hours, topping up the water as necessary throughout.

  6. Classic mode Step 6

    Remove from the pan when cooked. Turn the pudding out and serve with custard.