Figgy pudding

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Figgy pudding
Figgy Pudding with flaming brandy.jpg
A figgy pudding with flaming brandy
Alternative names Christmas pudding
Type Pudding
Place of origin United Kingdom
Region or state England
Main ingredients Figs
Cookbook: Figgy pudding  Media: Figgy pudding

Figgy pudding is made with figs (other references state that it was made with plums not figs and was popular as a Christmas pudding in the British Isles. The pudding may be baked, steamed in the oven, boiled or fried.[1]

Figgy pudding dates back to 16th century England.[2] Its possible ancestors include savory 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. Today, the term figgy pudding is popularized mainly by the Christmas carol "We Wish You A Merry Christmas," which includes the line, "Now bring us some figgy pudding". 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.[4][5][6]

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  1. ^ "We All Want Figgy Pudding When the Weather Turns Cold". St. Petersburg Times. 1976-11-18. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  2. ^ "Figgy Pudding's Welcome Christmas Return". The Telegraph. 2008-12-12. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  3. ^ OED
  4. ^ "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
  5. ^ "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. 
  6. ^ "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.