Bring Us Some Figgy Pudding? Another Paleo Holiday Tip…
I must admit that, aside from being part of the lyrics in a classic Christmas Carol, I don't know that i've ever hear of 'Figgy Pudding'. While being married to a Brit has certainly introduced me to all sorts of vernacular particular to that side of the pond, and I'm aware of what 'pudding' is there, compared to the US, I still felt quite uninformed on this particular dish.
A quick wikipedia search revealed that a it's a "pudding resembling something like a white Christmas pudding containing figs which may be baked, steamed in the oven, boiled or fried. The history of figgy pudding dates back to 16th century England. Its possible ancestors include savory puddings such as crustades, fygeye or figge (a potage of mashed figs thickened with bread), creme boiled (a kind of stirred custard), and sippets" (don't ask me what this is- I have no clue!)
Then, I did a quick search for a recipe. Here's what I turned up (with my PALEO revisions in RED:
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature COCONUT OIL
1 cup molasses HONEY
2 cups dried figs (about 1 pound), stems removed, chopped fine
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1 cup buttermilk COCONUT MILK
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour ALMOND OR COCONUT FLOUR
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
In an electric mixer, combine the oil & eggs &honey; beat til creamy. Add the figs, lemon peel, coconut rmilk, and walnuts. Blend 1 minute. Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. (We're not using flour, so there's no gluten, so it's NOT going to be the same texture, BUT it's an option! )
Blend until everything is incorporated.
OIl & dust with almond flour a 8 by 4-inch souffle dish and pour in the batter. Bake in a 325-degree F. oven for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Spoon the pudding out onto plates.
And here it is- my caveat once again- as I always want to be sure to be clear: I'm NOT suggesting you eat items like this on any sort of regular occasion whatsoever. The sole purpose of this post is to give readers an option to serve a dessert during the holidays without resorting to hosting a gluten festival.