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Food What Is Figgy Pudding Anyway?

00:30  11 december  2019
00:30  11 december  2019 Source:   mentalfloss.com

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Figgy pudding is a traditional Christmas dish made with flour, suet (a type of hard animal fat), figs, and other dried fruits. To be clear, the British and What Americans typically think of as “ pudding ,” many Europeans would call “custard.” Basically, figgy pudding is a sort of soft steamed cake.

Cooking Questions recipes. What Is Figgy Pudding , Anyway ? Figgy pudding should be aged for at least one month, and then ceremonially flambéed at the table before serving. Flambéeing, or covering with liquor and then igniting, reduces the alcohol content of the dish while preserving the

"We Wish You a Merry Christmas" is an ode to figgy pudding disguised as a straightforward Christmas song. Three out of four verses in some versions are dedicated to the dish. So after listening to enough holiday music this December, you may start to wonder: What is figgy pudding anyway? And is it really so good that you'd actually beg for it on a stranger's doorstep through song?

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According to NPR, figgy pudding, also called plum pudding, isn't pudding—at least not the kind of pudding many Americans think of when they hear the word—and it contains neither figs nor plums. In the UK, pudding is used as catch-all to describe any sweet dish served after a meal. Figgy pudding isn't creamy or custardy, but it is a sugary cake, which qualifies it as pudding overseas.

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Figgy pudding might be a fixture in Christmas carol lyrics, but you've probably never seen it in person. So just what is this British dish we've been singing So after listening to enough holiday music this December, you may start to wonder: What is figgy pudding anyway ? And is it really so good that

Figgy pudding should be aged for at least one month, and then ceremonially flambéed at the table before serving. Flambéeing, or covering with liquor and then igniting, reduces the So after listening to enough holiday music this December, you may start to wonder: What is figgy pudding anyway ?

In its most basic form, figgy pudding is a steamed, often domed-shaped cake made with alcohol and dried fruit. The first version of figgy pudding surfaced in 14th-century Britain. Back then, it was a stew-like, savory dish containing beef and mutton as well as fruit and wine. In the 15th century, this mixture was stuffed into animal casings to make sausages that would last through the winter.

By the end of the 16th century, figgy pudding had transitioned to a fully sweet dish—right around the same time when carolers started singing "Now bring us some figgy pudding" to their wealthy neighbors around Christmas. Today, the dessert is commonly filled with currants, raisins, and soaked in rum or brandy.

So where did the first half of its name come from? In pre-Victorian England, the word plum was applied to any type of dried fruit, including raisins, so plum pudding caught on. Figs occasionally appeared in recipes throughout the dish's history, though they're not considered a traditional ingredient.

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Figgy pudding should be aged for at least one month, and then ceremonially flambéed at the table before serving. Flambéeing, or covering with liquor and then igniting, reduces the So after listening to enough holiday music this December, you may start to wonder: What is figgy pudding anyway ?

What is figgy pudding ? First of all, it's "absolutely delicious," says Debbie Waugh, who recently served the Figgy pudding — also known as plum pudding or Christmas pudding — is a staple of We're already a bit too late, anyway , to make a Christmas pudding , because you should have begun it on

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