Figgy Christmas pudding

A classic that every Christmas table should have. Make ahead and simply steam the puds to reheat on the big day

  • Prep:1 hrs
    Cook:3 hrs
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 1262
  • fat 34g
  • saturates 21g
  • carbs 228g
  • sugars 184g
  • fibre 12g
  • protein 13g
  • salt 1.57g


  • 250g pack butter, softened, plus extra for the bowls and paper
  • 750g dried figs
  • 150ml brandy
  • 700g mixed sultanas and raisins (we used Waitrose mixed vine fruits from the Wholesome range)
  • 3 eating apples, peeled, cored and grated
  • 175g light muscovado sugar
  • 175g dark brown soft sugar
  • 200g breadcrumbs
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 1 tbsp allspice


On the big day...
Steam the puds as above to reheat – they'll take half the time they took to cook, to heat through.


  1. Butter a 500ml, a 1-litre and a 2-litre pudding bowl, then line the base of each with a circle of baking parchment. Butter 3 large sheets of greaseproof paper, lay each on a large sheet of foil butter side up, and fold a pleat in the middle of each.

  2. Roughly chop 250g of the figs and set aside. Put the remaining figs, butter and brandy into a food processor and whizz until smooth-ish, then scrape into your largest mixing bowl. Tip in the chopped figs, mixed vine fruits, grated apple, sugars, breadcrumbs, flour and allspice. Stir everything together, allowing as many helpers to give a stir and adding as many wishes as you like. Divide between the pudding bowls and smooth the surfaces.

  3. Cover the puds with the buttered paper-foil sheets, tie with string and trim. Lower the puds into separate saucepans with upturned saucers or scrunched up bits of foil in the bottom (so the puds don’t touch the bottom), then fill each pan with enough boiling water from the kettle to come halfway up the sides of the bowl. Cover with a lid and simmer the small pud for 1-1½ hrs, medium for 2-2½ hrs and large for 3 hrs, topping up the water as needed. Remove and leave to cool. If giving as a gift, put a new piece of parchment on top. Will keep in a cool, dry cupboard for up to a year.

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