Figgy pudding

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Figgy pudding
Figgy Pudding with flaming brandy.jpg
A figgy pudding with flaming brandy
Alternative namesChristmas pudding
Place of originUnited Kingdom
Region or stateEngland
Main ingredientsFigs

Figgy pudding is a type of Christmas pudding which was originally made with figs.[1] It may be baked, steamed in the oven, boiled or fried.[2]

Figgy pudding dates back to 16th century England.[1] Its possible ancestors include savoury puddings, such as crustades, fygeye or figge (a potage of mashed figs thickened with bread), creme boiled (a kind of stirred custard), and sippets (croutons).[3] In any case, its methods and ingredients appear in diverse older recipes, for instance in Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management.[1]

Today, the term figgy pudding is popularised mainly by the Christmas carol "We Wish You A Merry Christmas," which includes the line, "Now bring us some figgy pudding".[4] A variety of nineteenth-century sources state that, in the West Country of England (from which the carol comes), "figgy pudding" referred to a raisin or plum pudding, not necessarily one containing figs.[5][6][7]

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  1. ^ a b c "Figgy Pudding's Welcome Christmas Return". The Telegraph. 2008-12-12. Retrieved 2009-06-21.
  2. ^ "We All Want Figgy Pudding When the Weather Turns Cold". St. Petersburg Times. 1976-11-18. Retrieved 2009-06-21.
  3. ^ "figgy". Oxford English Dictionary (3rd ed.). Oxford University Press. September 2005. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  4. ^ "A Brief History of Figgy Pudding". 21 December 2015. Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  5. ^ "A 'figgy pudding'; a pudding with raisins in it; a plum pudding", from "Devonshire and Cornwall Vocabulary", The Monthly Magazine vol. 29/6, no. 199, June 1, 1810. p. 435
  6. ^ "Plum-pudding and plum-cake are universally called figgy pudding and figgy cake in Devonshire", from Lady, A (1837). A dialogue in the Devonshire dialect, by a lady: to which is added a glossary, by J.F. Palmer. London: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, and Longman. p. 46.
  7. ^ "Figgy Pudding ... the ordinary name for plum-pudding. Also a baked batter pudding with raisins in it", Elworthy, Frederic Thomas (1875). The Dialect of West Somerset. London: Trübner & Co. p. 252.