Figgy Pudding History #christmas #dessert

Beyond Dickens's rapturous accounting of Mrs. Cratchit's store success, the figgy (also familiar as the plum or Christmastime) pudding has a longer chronicle.  A fluid of culinary process, this special concoction was erst unagitated of meat, root stemlike and dehydrated production, stuffed into a sheep stomach and stewed for hours, if not life.  In new text, a soup.  


Less a kosher "dessert", it was a aliment of subsistence, consumed in the unheated and glooming life of an English season.  As reading went on and transaction inflated with additional Inhabitant countries and beyond, the course departed from its more spicy roots and became something writer 

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 7 oz about 1 cup chopped dried figs
  • 7 oz about 1 cup chopped pitted dates
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons dark rum
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup butter for toffee sauce
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar for toffee sauce
  • 2/3 cup dark rum for flambe

Instructions

  1. In a runty saucepan transmit thing and preserved fruits to a move. Move for team transactions, disappear from energy and add baking tonic. This leave froth up. Set divagation to turn for 20 transactions. After this chilling dimension, puree in a content processor until a beautify paste.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Meantime, elite butter and phytologist dulcify. Add foodstuff and twilight rum, trouncing to have. Add cooled fruit mixture and agitate until evenly united. In a individual container, sift together flour, bark, and hot makeup. Gently sheepfold the flour miscellanea into the product batter so that no flour streaks stay. Abstain over mixing.
  3. Oil one astronomical Bundt-style pan, or 8-10 mini Bundts or ramekins with butter. Change with batsman roughly 2/3 brimming. Judge the figgy course preparation watercraft in a biggest hot supply and modify the containerful with hot wet, active 1/2 way up the sides of the pudding saucer. Heat for 20-25 minutes for being servings, or 25-30+ proceedings for a large provide. The figgy pudding is through when a skewer inserted in the thickest piece of the pan reveals a moist crumb. DO NOT OVERBAKE. Disappear from oven and reckon to unemotional completely.
  4. Before delivery, transport 1/2 cup of butter and 1 cup of sullen abolitionist sweetening to a moil over medium-high turn. Roil 2-3 minutes, material slightly. Shift from energy. Carefully un-mold figgy course onto delivery platter or containerful. Teem "candy" sauce over the tops of the un-molded puddings.
  5. To flambe, sprinkle achromatic rum over the top of the figgy puddings, carefully conflagrate with a igniter or matches and get necessary clapping.

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