Figgie 'obbin

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Figgie 'obbin
Category: Pastry recipes
Servings: any
Time: 10 mins plus 40 mins baking
Difficulty: Very Easy
| Cuisine of the UK

Figgie 'obbin, also Figgie Hobbin, is an old Cornish recipe.



  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 an inch thick. Press gently into a prepared shallow baking tin or dish.
  4. Bake in a hot oven for about 35-45 minutes.

(Good served hot with clotted cream, burnt cream or baked custard, or cold with tea or coffee or cocoa.)

Notes, tips and variations

  • Currants and/or sultanas may be mixed with, or substituted for, raisins.
  • Vegetable-suet and 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.