Cookbook:Figgie 'obbin (Cornish Raisin Pastry)

Figgie 'obbin (Cornish Raisin Pastry)
CategoryPastry recipes
Time10 mins plus 40 mins baking

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Figgie 'obbin, also called figgie hobbin, is an old Cornish recipe. It is good served hot with clotted cream, burnt cream, or baked custard; or cold with tea or coffee or cocoa.




  1. Rub the suet, fat, and flour together.
  2. Mix in the raisins, and add enough water or milk to make a stiff dough.
  3. Roll out to about 1 inch thick. Press gently into a prepared shallow baking tin or dish.
  4. Bake in a hot oven for about 35–45 minutes.

Notes, tips, and variations

  • Currants and/or sultanas may be mixed with or substituted for raisins.
  • Vegetable suet, vegetable lard, or butter, can be used instead of beef or mutton suet and dripping; this will give a lighter cake.
  • Figgie/Fig/Figs are Cornish dialect words pertaining to raisins
  • From Perranporth W.I. in Cornish Recipes, Ancient & Modern, 22nd Edition, The Cornwall Federation of Women's Institutes 1965. First collected & published by Edith Martin, Tregavethan, Truro, 1929, for The Cornwall F. of W. I.