Doll Pudding – Christmas Pudding

This recipe is heavily inspired by the classics Christmas song, “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” Even as a kid, the lyrics surrounding the greasy pudding always made my ears ring.

Obviously I’ve been obsessed with dessert my whole life. So, if you’re looking for a Christmas pudding dessert, try this easy pudding recipe!

My goal with this recipe was to create a pudding-style bread that featured figs but also had a festive feel. The kind of Christmas dessert you can serve at the end of a hearty dinner.

The cake batter uses fig jam and dried figs, so if you can’t find fresh figs where you live (I couldn’t), don’t worry! The result is a sweet, nutty cake with a lightly spiced syrup.

While this recipe sounds like a classic Christmas dessert to me, it’s nothing like the traditional stuffed pudding. To my knowledge, traditional British food is like a steamed bun made of raisins, currants and brandy.

I’ve also read that bubbly pudding can even refer to a savory dish made with fish. Here is another way.

This reminds me of a Midwestern “puff pastry” in that I poke small holes all over the cake before drizzling with syrup that keeps the inside moist and sticky (while still fully cooked).

Pudding Figgy Ingredients:

  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • egg
  • Vanilla essential oil
  • fig jam
  • Self-rising powder
  • Walnuts
  • Dried figs


This creamy pudding recipe (or you can call it Christmas pudding, it’s up to you) has three ingredients:

Cake + Syrup + Ice Cream = Christmas Pudding

Each of these is important to the final dish. The cake is so easy to make—just as simple as a muffin or baked donuts formula. The syrup has just three ingredients and takes less than 10 minutes to cook on the stovetop, but it’s essential.

After the cake is cooked, you must use a fork or toothpick to poke many small holes in the surface of the cake. Then drizzle the syrup on top. The syrup will then flow into these little holes you’ve made, creating a moist, pudding-like texture.

Finally, you should serve this with whipped cream or even a scoop of vanilla ice cream (or custard)! This adds an extra creamy ingredient that I think pairs well with the flavors and also just helps make this dessert all the more special.

Tips for success:

  • I like to use both fig jam and dried figs (finely chopped) in cake batter. You can add chopped walnuts or another nut like pecans. All of these add to the flavor and texture of the cake.
  • Poking holes in the cake before drizzling the syrup may sound trivial, but I promise not! This is what reminds me of the Midwest “puff pastry”, which has such a wonderful texture.
  • I like to use mini or decorative bundle pan For this! But if you don’t have and don’t want to buy it just for this recipe, you can also bake these in a giant muffin tin or tin. Grilled frying pan.

Service Suggestions:

If you are looking to organize a special Christmas dinner, this will be the perfect dessert. Here are some other recipes you can add to the menu:

Frequently asked questions

frequently asked Questions

What are puddings made of?

This recipe is a cake made with fig jam, dried figs, and walnuts. Then a homemade glaze is drizzled on top before serving.

Is fat pudding the same as fruitcake?

Is not. The traditional doll pudding is a pudding-like British dish that may or may not have dried fruit such as raisins. So while there are certainly similarities, they are not the same.

Does the pudding have meat in it?

While this version of the dessert doesn’t, the traditional filling (as from 14th-century England) may have done, be it lamb, beef or even fish.


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A non-traditional take on this classic pudding

productivity twelfth Pie

prepare ten minute

Chef 25 minute

total 35 minute


  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup butter and sugar.

  • Stir in the eggs.

  • Then, add vanilla extract and fig jam and stir well.

  • Stir in flour, chopped walnuts, and chopped dried figs until a batter forms.

  • In a well greased mini-bundle, giant muffin tin, or toasted donut pan, add spoonfuls of batter.

  • Bake for 15-18 minutes until top is golden brown.

  • Let cool before inverting onto cooling rack.

  • To make the glaze, add the brown sugar and heavy whipped cream to a medium sauce pan and whisk over medium heat.

  • Reduce heat to low and continue stirring for a few minutes until thickened, maybe 2-3.

  • Turn off the heat and stir in the butter, the butter will quickly melt into the sauce.

  • Use a fork or toothpick to make holes all over the cake. Then use a spatula to spread the glaze on top of the cake so that the glaze penetrates the holes.

  • Serve while the glaze is still warm, with ice cream or a scoop of ice cream.


Nutritional value

Doll Pudding – Christmas Pudding

Amount per serving

% Daily values*

*Percent Daily Values ​​based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Note: Nutrition is calculated automatically, using Spoonacular, for your convenience. Where relevant, we recommend using your own nutritional calculations.


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