I over-the-top decorate in and around our home (3 trees), even though I have yet to spend an actual christmas in my own home (somehow we are always the ones in the family that get stuck doing the traveling -- even when we had a house with three guest rooms. Go figure.). And now, what with the whole ninja gig, I'm cooking up a christmas storm as well.
Fa la la la la la la la la!
This year, egged on by my dessert-loving husband, I thought it might fun to try to make some of the treats that are mentioned in traditional christmas carols.
Enter figgy pudding.
Despite the fact that I am known to sing "bring us some friggin' pudding" instead of the actual carol lyrics, I decided to give it a go. If it turned out like crap, I figured I could call this blog post "Friggin' pudding: a giant fiasco" and still be able to entertain you. Kinda like my goiter bread.
But I should have known it would be splendid because I chose a Dorie Greenspan recipe. Ah, Dorie. Just as I want to go on an adventurous, boozy holiday with Tony Bourdain, I want to spend a long country weekend with Dorie Greenspan in France. She seems like she'd be a great gal pal confidant.
Also, I particularly love that her recipes don't include instructions so much as a narrative, full of helpful little hints and queues about what the dish should look/smell/taste like at each step of the way. See? What a thoughtful gal pal.
Her "recipe coach" approach was perfect for figgy pudding as it is steamed. Yes, steamed. Like a lobster. Weird but cool. And now I have another use for my canning pot out of season!
Honestly, it was not at all hard and the results are really delicious -- imagine a dense, fruit-packed, boozy, not-sicky-sweet fruitcake. It made both a great dessert and a yummy breakfast.
I'm simply linking you to Dorie's recipe, as it is way too involved to reproduce and I didn't dare adapt it on my first try. But I photographed the progress, which may help you along.
We wish you a merry christmas!
|Flaming the fruit|
|Batter before steaming|
|All wrapped up for 2 hours of steaming|
|Voila! And it unmolded easily|
|Now that's some friggin' pudding!|