Where the Figgy Duff is Special
A Journey into Canada
We are interested Canadian specialties to be found other than poutine (though we seek variations of this tasty but decadent dish), bacon, salmon and maple syrup.
For example, when thinking of Canadian desert sweets most folks think of Tim Hortons’ (Timbits), Nanaimo Bars or Beavertails and quintessentially Canadian. But there is more.
For example, how about Figgy Duff ?
Indigenous to Newfoundland and Labrador, Figgy duff is a traditional bag pudding most commonly served as a part of a Jiggs dinner (A boiled dinner or cooked dinner, is a traditional meal commonly prepared and eaten on Sundays). It is sometimes called a raisin duff Most families enjoy this special tasty treat on special days known as “duff days” in many parts of the island… Most families enjoy this special tasty treat on special days known as “duff days” in many parts of the island.
Figgy Duff has nothing to do with figs, dried fresh or otherwise. Raisins are historically referred to as figs in many parts of the province (The word ‘Figgy’ (or figgie) is an old Cornish (UK) term for raisin; perhaps indicating the origin of the settlers who brought this dish to the area). So, “Figgy” refers to the raisins and “Duff” refers to the dough mixture. It is sometimes called a raisin duff.
One traditional recipe lists the ingredients as breadcrumbs, raisins, brown sugar, molasses, butter, flour, and spices. These are mixed and put in a pudding bag, wrapped in cheesecloth, or stuffed into an empty can and then boiled, as a dessert but more usually along with the cooking vegetables of the Jiggs dinner.
Other recipes for figgy duffs abound.
The dish can also be found at local eateries such as the Beach Cove Café in – Portugal Cove