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figgy pudding balls

Figgy Pudding Fruit Paste

Figgy Pudding fruit paste is like the Christmas equivalent of the Spanish quince paste that is served with cheese, easy to make and totally delicious.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course savoury preserves
Servings 14


  • 50 g/2oz chopped hazelnuts
  • 50 g/2oz chopped mixed nuts
  • 500 g/1lb 2oz dried whole figs
  • 225 g/8oz dried mixed fruit
  • 75 g/3oz dried apricots
  • 1 tbsp brandy
  • 1 tbso clear honey
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 100 g/3 1/2oz sesame seeds


  • In a dry pan quickly toast all the chopped nuts until just golden and aromatic
  • Chop the hard ends off the figs and discard
  • Roughly chop the figs and apricots
  • Whazz the figs in food processor until they form a paste
  • Remove from food processor and in a bowl stir in the dried fruits, chopped apricots and nuts
  • Add the brandy, honey and ground cloves and mix everything thoroughly
  • Divide the mixture into 14 balls about the size of a golf ball
  • Roll these in the sesame seeds and slightly flatten
  • Place on baking paper on a cooling tray and cover with a clean tea towel
  • Set aside for 1 week to dry out
  • Wrap each in baking parchment and tie with string
  • These will keep for up to 3 months in airtight container
  • Serve sliced with cheese and crackers
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