Ever wonder what exactly is figgy pudding? We hear about it year after year around Christmas time so this year I wanted to finally figure out what it was. What I have found out is that it isn’t actually a pudding, but a moist cake. If you are like me and have never had this scrumptious dessert, you are in for a treat!
1/2 cup soft butter
1 cup molasses
2 cups finely chopped dried figs
1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
1/2 cup toasted, chopped walnuts (here in Missouri, we collect our own black walnuts)
2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour an 8 x 4 souffle dish and set aside.
Cream the butter in a large bowl until fluffy. Add the eggs and molasses, and blend well. Add the figs, orange zest, buttermilk, and walnuts, and blend for 1 minute. Add the remaining ingredients, and mix until blended.
Spoon the batter into the prepared souffle dish. Bake 1 hour or until toothpick inserted off-center comes out clean.
Spoon onto plates, and serve warm with cinnamon whip cream or ice cream.