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just john

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This recipe is from The Foody; I've never tried it, so let me know if you try it. And apparently Asda is selling Figgy Puddings this year, according to the Telegraph.

Figgy Pudding

Serves 4

300ml (½ pint) Milk
225g (8oz) Flour
175g (6oz) Dried Figs
150ml (¼ pint) Brandy
110g (4oz) Suet
110g (4oz) Prunes
85g (3oz) Raisins or Sultanas
50g (2oz) Dried Apricots
50g (2oz) Dates
25g (1oz) Dried Apples
1 tbsp Honey
¼ tsp Ginger
¼ tsp Cinnamon

On the day before making the pudding, place the dried apricots, prunes and apples to soak in water and place the raisins or sultanas to soak in the brandy.
Remove the stones from of the dates and prunes.
Butter a large pudding basin.
Sift flour into a bowl.
Stir in suet and mix to a fairly soft dough with cold water.
Turn out on to a floured surface.
Lightly knead until smooth.
Roll out two-thirds of pastry into a round and use to line a well-greased 2-pint pudding basin.
Melt the honey and stir in the ginger and cinnamon.
Add to the soaked fruits and brandy mixture.
Mix well and place into the pastry lined bowl.
Moisten edges of pastry with water.
Cover with lid, rolled from remainder of the pastry.
Press edges well together to seal.
Cover securely with greased greaseproof paper or aluminium foil.
Steam steadily for 2 hours.
Ensure that the water does not evaporate, topping it up from time to time with boiling water.
Turn out onto a plate and serve.

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I made the Xmas puds and mincemeat here but instead of soaking the dried fruit I soak it in the alcohol, usually armagnac or brandy, overnight and then add 50% of the recipe alcohol when I make the mix.  The alcohol is driven off in the cooking of the puds tho it's around a bit in the mincemeat.

I made a figgy pud, different recipe tho, from a recipe in the Good Food mags Veggie magazine and that's turned out fine - we had to eat the small tester one you understand, just to make sure it wasn't poisonous and we're test driving a small Xmas pud today before taking the big one to chums on Boxing Day.

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