We’re all familiar with the lyrics from “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” that say, “come bring us some figgy pudding…”, but do most of us know what figgy pudding actually is? As I’m sure you know, the rest of the lyrics mention that the guests won’t go until they get some, so I figure it has to be pretty special, right? I had no clue what it was, so I set off to figure out what this dish is all about.
According to Wikipedia, figgy pudding dates back to 16th century England and is a cake-like pudding originally made of figs. After scrolling through images and coming across Food Network’s version, it looks pretty darn good. But if I’m honest, traditional pudding, you know, the good ol’ jello packs, sounds so much better. You know what, scratch that, homemade pudding sounds a million times better.
And that’s my segue to my recipe for homemade peppermint pudding (that segue definitely wasn’t as smooth as this recipe, but I tried). I originally created this recipe for Date Night In Box’s Winter Wonderland December box and decided to share it here too because it’s so comforting and something unique to enjoy this time of year.
It’s creamy, refreshing and a sweet tooth’s dream. The perfect side to all of the cookies you plan on baking this week! If you end up making this pudding, don’t forget to tag #marinamakeseats.
Homemade Peppermint Pudding
Makes about two cups of pudding
- 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
- 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
- 1 cup of heavy cream
- 1/2 cup of milk
- 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract
In a small saucepan, whisk together the cornstarch, sugar and a pinch of salt until combined. Slowly whisk in the heavy cream and milk. Cook the mixture over medium heat for about 5-7 minutes until thickened.
Remove from heat and stir in peppermint extract. Place in ramekins or small serving bowls and chill in the refrigerator for two hours.