By Kevin Williams
Bring me some figgy pudding....ah we all recognize that line this time of year. But does anyone really eat "figgy pudding" at Christmas? I searched my vast Amish archives for anything like that and, alas, but not surprisingly, came up short. Plum puddings are always popular in Christmas pop culture, but I could not find a plum pudding recipe or really even anything with plums for that matter.
If you really want to try your hand at figgy pudding, you can try this recipe from the Food Network.
But there ARE other puddings popular in Amish homes around the holidays and I thought you might like a sample, so here are six popular puddings. The cinnamon raisin bread pudding is one to especially look at this time of year, very popular and very good!
FLAT ROCK PUDDING AKA BEST PUDDING EVER: Really, it doesn't get any better than this as far as puddings go. Or desserts. I sampled this pudding once in the Amish community of Flat Rock, Illinois and it really might be my favorite dessert of all time and that is saying a lot. It presses all my buttons: cookies, pudding, sweetness, richness....Mmmm, click here for this amazing recipe.
BAKED CHOCOLATE FUDGE PUDDING: You can't really go wrong with this either.....I mean, the name says it all...click here.
BAKED APPLE PUDDING: Mmmmmm, I loved this when we made it...great Amish recipe, the sweetness of a cobbler combined with the pudding consistency inside. Click here.
AMISH CINNAMON RAISIN BREAD PUDDING: Simply genius, this popular Amish recipe. Most Amish bakers make a mean cinnamon raisin bread, and pudding is, well, amazing. So why not combine the two??? Click here for this super holiday recipe!
AMISH RAISIN PUDDING: This is another amazing one popular in Amish homes around the holidays. I have enjoyed it a time or two and it is really, really good. Click here for this simple but delicious pudding.
THE AMISH COOK'S REESE'S PUDDING: Unlike the other puddings on this list, I have not tried this one. But, geez, look at the name. This is the Amish Cook's recipe and based on the name alone it could perhaps dethrone the Flat Rock pudding as my all-time favorite. Can't go wrong with Reese's! Click here.