Classic figgy pudding with amaretto butter recipe

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Christmas just isn't Christmas without a figgy pudding, and this classic figgy pudding with amaretto butter is the best recipe we've ever tried!

Serves6
SkillMedium
Preparation Time30 mins
Cooking Time5 hours
Total Time5 hours 30 mins plus soaking
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories933 Kcal47%
Fat42 g60%
Saturated Fat21 g105%

Christmas just isn't Christmas without a figgy pudding, and this classic figgy pudding with amaretto butter is the best recipe we've ever tried. Sweet, sticky, and rich, with a generous glug of amaretto, this pud is a delicious end to your Christmas meal, or a great treat to serve to friends after a night of carol singing

Ingredients

  • 250g sultanas
  • 250g dried figs, chopped
  • 250g dried apricots, chopped
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • Zest and juice of 1 orange
  • 100ml amaretto
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 75g light muscovado sugar
  • 75g softened butter, plus extra to grease
  • 75g toasted flaked almonds
  • 50g self-raising flour
  • 75g fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1tsp ground coriander
  • 1tsp ground ginger

To serve:

  • 150g softened butter
  • 4tbsp amaretto
  • 4tbsp icing sugar
  • Edible gold stars and sparklers, to decorate

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Method

  1. In a food container, mix dried fruit, citrus zest and juices and amaretto. Soak overnight or up to 2 days.
  2. Whisk together the eggs, sugar and butter, then stir in the fruit, almonds, flour, breadcrumbs and spices. Spoon into a greased 2-pint basin. Cover with a sheet of pleated baking paper, then a sheet of foil. Tie round the rim with soaked string, then attach a second length to form a handle.
  3. Sit an upturned saucer in a large saucepan and put the pudding on top. Pour in boiling water to halfway up the basin. Cover and simmer very gently for 5 hrs, topping up with boiling water if necessary. Serve immediately or cool and store in the fridge for up to a week.
  4. Whisk the butter, amaretto and sugar until light. Chill until ready to use. Sprinkle with gold stars, dollop a spoonful of amaretto butter on the pud and light the sparklers to serve.
Top Tip for making Classic figgy pudding with amaretto butter

If reheating the pudding, steam for 1 hr 30 mins until a skewer inserted comes out piping hot.