Monday, December 04, 2006

Figgy Pudding with Custard Sauce

"We won't go until we get some."

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1 cup granulated sugar
3 large egg yolks
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons rum extract
1 apple, peeled and cored and finely chopped
1 pound dried figs, ground or finely chopped
Grated peel of 1 lemon and 1 orange
1 cup chopped nuts
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 1/2 cups dried bread crumbs
2 teaspoons baking powder
3 large egg whites, stiffly beaten

Preheat oven to 325*F (160*C). Generously grease an oven-proof 2-quart bowl or mold; set aside.

Cream together butter and shortening. Gradually add sugar, egg yolks, milk, extract, apple, figs, lemon and orange peel. Add next 6 ingredients, mixing well. Fold stiffly beaten egg whites into mixture.

Pour into prepared bowl or mold and place into large shallow pan and place on middle rack in oven. Fill the shallow pan half-full with boiling water and slowly steam pudding in oven at 325*F (160*C) for 4 hours, replacing water as needed.

Custard Sauce:

2 cups milk
1 large egg
3/4 cups granulated sugar
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon butter
In saucepan, scald milk and allow to cool.

Mix together remaining ingredients, except for butter. Add to cooled milk. Cook over low heat until thickened. Remove from heat and stir in butter, mixing well.

Serve pudding warm with custard sauce or sweetened whipped cream. Store unused portions in refrigerator.

Makes 12 servings.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

We wish you a Merry Christmas!

2:18 PM  
Blogger Ginny said...

MMMMM!I just might make this for Christmas this year!

6:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you made this before? I would like to try it. Did someone perhaps give you the recipe? Do you cook? I do not want to go through all the steps -- and hover about the oven for four hours -- unless I know someone has tried this. Kind thanks. (I like your snappy mouse illustration.)

7:00 PM  
Anonymous Joe said...

Will try this at a traditional English supper we are having. Will certainly have to try it first.

8:09 PM  

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