I’m willing to try any dessert you can set on fire. Figgy pudding (or plum pudding as it’s also known) delivers on this front making it one of the more exciting holiday treats, but the flavor may or may not be your cup of tea. Figgy pudding is a traditional English Christmas dessert. It resembles a fruit cake minus the maraschino cherries and is loaded with booze. The name is a huge misnomer because it doesn’t have to contain figs (just dried fruit) and it’s not a pudding as Americans know it. Instead, what sets it apart from other cakes is the cooking process. Figgy pudding is steamed in the oven through the use of a water bath. Another reason figgy pudding stands out from other desserts is its cameo in the classic carol “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”
Looking for a memorable way to present it? Douse it with brandy and set it ablaze (carefully, of course). It will wow your guests and be an unforgettable end to any meal. If you want to try some but don’t have the two hours needed to cook this cake you can purchase it at World Market ($4.99-$14.99). I found it to be rather tasty. It’s like fruit cake–without the cake part getting in the way. But be forewarned, if you don’t like marmalade or raisins you won’t like this cake. If you do enjoy those things, then you’re going to love it.