Friday, 30 December 2016


“One thing I have been banging on about, we have a dessert deficit in the U.K. We still import a very large proportion of our desserts. I would ask everyone to go out and buy a British dessert.” - Owen Paterson

As the year draws to a close, make a dessert that is sweet and spicy and rich, just like the New Year you wish it to be!
Figgy Puddings
Ingredients – Pudding
200g finely chopped dried figs
100 g finely chopped pitted prunes
350 ml boiling water
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
150 g unsalted butter, softened
170 g brown sugar
3 eggs
230 g self-raising flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 teaspoon ground cloves
Double cream, to serve (optional)
Ingredients - Butterscotch sauce
200g brown sugar
300 mL thickened cream
110 g unsalted butter, chopped

Preheat oven to 160°C. Grease and line the bases of eight 250ml capacity pudding moulds with baking paper.
Combine the figs, prunes, water and bicarbonate of soda in a medium bowl. Set aside for 10 minutes to soak.
Beat the butter and sugar in a bowl until pale and creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well between each addition.
Add half the flour and stir to combine. Add the fig mixture and combine. Add the cinnamon and remaining flour and combine. Spoon mixture among the prepared moulds and place on an oven tray. Bake for 30 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centres comes out clean. Set aside for 5 minutes to cool before turning out onto serving plates.
Meanwhile, to make the butterscotch sauce, combine the sugar, cream and butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring, for five minutes or until the mixture boils and thickens.
Spoon the sauce over the puddings. Serve with double cream if desired.


  1. Interesting write up on figgy pudding. I've never had it and have only really heard about it in the song. It actually looks more cake-like than pudding like. The butterscotch sauce sounds divine! :)

  2. Looks yum! Thank you for sharing the recipe. :)

    Oh, by the way, I posted my first Food Friday link up post here: I hope you can join the link up. :)

    1. Thanks Marie. I tried to comment on your blog but you only have Facebook comments. I am not on Facebook. Here is my comment:
      Chia is the new wonder food, but still many people don;t know about it and don't use it. It's good to see recipes for it! Thanks for hosting.
      (I added my link but got an error message, is something wrong?)

    2. Hi Nicholas! I have tabbed comments for Facebook and Blogger in my blog. :) For the link up, what error did you get?

    3. Oh and thank you for supporting the food meme, by the way! :D