Delight in this figgy cake and its festive history

Christmas pudding, also known by the names of plum pudding and figgy pudding, is strongly tied to the holiday for which it was named. From Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol to “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” the fruit-filled treat has been immortalized in seasonal traditions.

This holiday dessert also has a history tied to the giving nature of the season. During the Victorian era in England, many Christmas savings clubs were started to collect spare change for poor housewives so they could purchase Christmas pudding ingredients and ensure their families could experience a wonderful Christmas tradition.

Though the pudding originated in England, many around the world have incorporated this holiday dish into their Christmas celebrations. Look out for it on our Christmas Markets sailings during the festive winter holidays.

Makes 12 pieces


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 1/4 cups mixed fruit chopped
  • 1/2 cup dates chopped
  • 1/2 cup raisins chopped
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 cup self-rising flour
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbs dark rum


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180° C).
  2. Spray 12 cup deep muffin pan with non-stick spray.
  3. Combine fruit, water, sugar and butter in a saucepan.
  4. Stir constantly over heat until butter is melted and sugar dissolved.
  5. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 8 minutes.
  6. Stir in soda.
  7. Transfer mixture to a large bowl, stir in eggs, then add sifted dry ingredients and rum or sherry.
  8. Place mixture in greased muffin pan and cover completely in foil.
  9. Place muffin tin in a water bath and place gently in the oven.
  10. Bake for 40–45 minutes until a cake tester comes out clean.

To try Christmas pudding and other holiday delights with AmaWaterways, contact your preferred travel advisor and reserve one of our unforgettable Christmas Markets itineraries today!

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