Five years ago, I was living in New Orleans and got to attend the most incredible holiday event of my life (check it out). There was caroling, during which I got to thinking about what the heck figgy pudding even was. I went home determined to find out, and to make it.
Turns out, figgy pudding is less figgy than chocolatey, is less pudding than cake (if you're from the U.S.), and is tasty enough that I now understand why carolers of olde decided to demand it in song form.
And so, in all its grain free/fruit sweetened glory, here is my figgy pudding recipe, which is demanded by those with whom I celebrate Yule/the solstice/Saturnalia/whatever you call it, which is my December holiday of choice.
1 1/2 C dried pitted dates, chopped
1/2 C dried figs, chopped
3 1/2 C water
1 t baking soda
1 T baking powder
1/3 C plus 2 T coconut oil, softened
1/4 C honey
1 1/2 C coconut flour
1 C almond flour
3/4 of a 4oz unsweetened baking chocolate bar, grated, or chopped into slivers with a large knife
Preheat oven to 350. In a small pot, combine the figs, dates, and water, bring to a boil, then remove from heat. Add the baking soda, and let cool for 5-10 minutes. Puree in a blender or food processor.
Meanwhile, whisk eggs, coconut oil, and honey together in a large mixing bowl. In a small bowl, mix the coconut flour and baking powder until well incorporated. Add the pureed figs/dates and the chocolate to the eggs and honey and mix, then add the flour in small batches, incorporating as you go.
Add the batter into a well oiled, nonstick bundt pan and smooth it so that the top is even (so your pud will be the same height all the way around), and bake for 45 minutes. Let it cool for half an hour. Place a plate on top of the pan and flip quickly (you don't want it to separate on one side before the other). If you don't immediately feel the pudding fall to the plate, thwack the bundt pan with the blunt end of your butter knife until it does. Remove the pan.
Serve with a satsuma or tangerine in the center hole, along with a sprig of holly. (I use fake beglittered holly from a craft store, personally.)