Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Bring Us Some What?
We all know what those Christmas carolers were so adamant in getting in the song, We Wish You A Merry Christmas. But although I’ve enjoyed the song numerous times, I always wonder—what in the world is figgy pudding?
This dessert dates back to 16th-century England. Our friends from my last post—the Puritans—were likely not the ones to introduce this Christmas pudding to the colonies, as they banned it for one main ingredient: alcohol.
It is made of dried fruit and resembles cake more than pudding. Seasonings of nutmeg, cinnamon, and plenty of alcohol complete this rather unappetizing-looking dessert. It has been compared to fruitcake and many claim to enjoy it.
As for those carolers, I think they may have wanted to warm up with a little more than the Christmas spirit! ;)
If anyone has tried figgy pudding, I’d love to hear your opinion on this historical dessert.