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Figgy Pudding

We are all familiar with the old Christmas carol.…. ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’

But when it came to the lyrics “Oh bring us the figgy pudding” I found there is more to know about figgy pudding than I thought.  Here is some interesting trivia…    

Figgy pudding dates back to early 16th century England. The recipe consisted of figs, flour, butter, sugar, eggs, rum, apple, lemon, orange peel, nuts, cinnamon, cloves and ginger.  It is best to let the ingredients soak for 4-5 weeks and then to steam for 6-8 hours.  (You won’t find this on my Christmas table)

Tradition has it, that there is a religious significance to this special pudding.

~The recipe has 13 ingredients, which represents Christ and His 12 Apostles.

~The strict rules for mixing the batter include a wooden spoon and stirring from East to West, which represents the three wise men who traveled from the East to see the Christ Child in Bethlehem.

~Tradition also states that every member of the family take a turn in stirring the mixture to incorporate the experience to the entire family.

~Lastly, a sprig of Holly is placed on the top of the pudding after steaming.  Brandy is then sprinkled all over the heavenly pudding and it is lit on fire, thus symbolizing the passion of Christ and the Holly sprig the crown of thorns that was placed on Jesus’ head.            

Whether you embrace the symbolism or just want to eat the pudding…..Remember what Tiny Tim said…”God Bless Us Everyone”  


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Deb Jamail, GRI, E-Pro  

Broker / Owner

HomeLife Southern Properties

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Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

It has been years since I've had Figgy Pudding but it always reminds me of my mam who made it many times during my childhood...Add some custard on top and it's a yummy delight!

Dec 18, 2010 05:02 PM #1
Deb Jamail
HomeLife Southern Properties - Galveston, TX
Galveston County Real Estate


I have never had any.  I saw a piece on 'Sunday Morning' about figgy pudding and found it so interesting! 

I am not the best of cooks and certainly not patient enough to make figgy pudding..LOL

Thanks for the comment

Dec 18, 2010 05:07 PM #2
Michael A. Caruso
Surterre Properties - Laguna Niguel, CA

That is great to know! I did not know any of that about figgy pudding. I thought it was just a fancy pudding haha. Thanks for the post! Merry Christmas!



Dec 18, 2010 06:07 PM #3
Larry O'Sullivan
Sandy, UT

Deb - My mother produced many great puddings for Christmas. Cakes and puddings started in August-September to achieve incredible moistness (and aroma). Thanks for rekindling memories of the long ago.

Dec 18, 2010 06:59 PM #4
Deb Jamail
HomeLife Southern Properties - Galveston, TX
Galveston County Real Estate


Thanks for your comment.  I didn't know any of that either until I started looking!  I don't get our much..LOL  A very Merry Christmas to you as well!



It is totally amazing how times have changed.  My mother was like yours..starting baking for Christmas very early.  It seems like a lost 'Art'.  I try in my own little way to keep some of that alive.  although if I bake it then I eat and I sure don't need that!!

Have a wonderful Christmas 



Dec 19, 2010 01:52 PM #5
Frances C. Rokicki
Fran Rokicki Realty, LLC - Bolton, CT


What a lovely post!  I really enjoyed reading this today and learning the history of this famous pudding.  It's amazing the information that we share, here on the rain!  Thank you!

Dec 19, 2010 02:40 PM #6
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Deb, I love this post and the symbolism of figgy pudding! We used to eat plum pudding and hard sauce (made with brandy) at Christmas but it was Cross & Blackwell, my mother never made it. This sounds delicious! - but I don't have 4-5 weeks for it to soak :)

Dec 22, 2010 12:11 AM #7
Deb Jamail
HomeLife Southern Properties - Galveston, TX
Galveston County Real Estate

Frances, Frank and Sahron.

My interest was peaked when they did a special on 'Figgy Pudding' on Sunday Morning, and I thought it was very interesting.  Believe me I have never made it, I am a typical American...Instant Gratification:)

Have a wonderful Christmas..with or without the figgy pudding!!


Dec 22, 2010 07:52 AM #8
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