5 Classic Christmas Desserts

Figgy Pudding

Figgy pudding is such a holiday dessert staple that it has its own verse in a popular Christmas carol. Despite its name, figgy pudding is actually more of a creamy cake. And once you try it, we guarantee you won't go until you get some.


  • 2 cups mission figs
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated fresh lemon rind
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 cups brandy
  • cheesecloth


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit (163 degrees Celsius) and grease a 9-inch tube pan.
  • Using a hand mixer, beat butter until it's soft, then add the eggs and molasses and beat until the mixture is fluffy.
  • Add chopped figs, grated lemon rind and buttermilk.
  • Combine the rest of the dry ingredients in a different mixing bowl, then pour into fig mixture and stir until everything is combined.
  • Pour into pan and cook for about 1 hour. Toothpick inserted in middle should come out clean.
  • Let cake cook for 15 minutes, then finish cooling on a baking rack.
  • Cut a strip of cheesecloth that's big enough to wrap around the cake twice. Soak it in the brandy.
  • Once cake is completely cool, wrap it in the cheesecloth and let it soak for 24 hours.
  • Serve and enjoy.

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