Classic figgy pudding with amaretto butter recipe

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serves: 6
Skill: medium
Prep: 30 min
Cooking: 5 hr

Nutrition per portion

Calories 933 kCal 47%
Fat 42g 60%
  -  Saturates 21g 105%
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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. 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


    • 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


    • In a food container, mix dried fruit, citrus zest and juices and amaretto. Soak overnight or up to 2 days.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

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