Stir up, we beseech thee..

With Stir Up Sunday fast approaching (it's November 24th) we thought we would share a recipe and some pudding pointers with you all!


Christmas Pudding Recipe


225g/8oz golden caster sugar

225g/8oz vegetarian suet

340g/12oz sultanas

340g/12oz raisins

225g/8oz currants

120g/4oz chopped candied peel

120g/4oz plain flour

120g/4oz fresh white breadcrumbs

60g/2oz flaked almonds

Zest of 1 lemon

5 eggs, beaten

1level tsp ground cinnamon

1level tsp mixed spice

1 level tsp freshly grated nutmeg

Pinch of salt

150ml/5fl oz brandy or rum

  • Mix together all the dry ingredients.
  • Stir in the eggs and brandy and mix through well.
  • Turn the mix into 4x1pint or 2x2 pint lightly-greased pudding basins.
  • Put a circle of baking parchment and foil over the top of each basin and tie securely with string.
  • Make a string handle from one side of the basin to the other so it's easier to pick the basin out of the pan after cooking.
  • Put the basins in a large steamer of boiling water and cover with a lid.
  • Boil for 5-6 hours, topping the boiling water up from time to time if necessary.

If you don't have a steamer, put the basins in a large pan on a trivet on the base. Pour in boiling water to come a third of the way up the sides of the pudding bowls. Cover and steam as before.

  • Cool.
  • Change the baking parchment and foil covers for fresh ones and tie up as before. Store in a cool cupboard until Christmas Day.

To serve the pudding on Christmas Day, steam for 2 hours and serve with brandy butter, rum sauce, cream or home-made custard.  Delicious!


Some Christmas Pudding traditions

  • A Christmas pudding is traditionally made with 13 ingredients to represent Christ and His Disciples.
  • A proper Christmas pudding is always stirred from East to West in honour of the three Wise Men who visited the baby Jesus.
  • Every member of the family must give the pudding a stir and make a secret wish.
  • A coin was traditionally added to the ingredients and cooked in the pudding. It was supposedly to bring wealth to whoever found it on their plate on Christmas Day. The traditional coin was an old silver sixpence or threepenny bit.
  • Other traditional additions to the pudding included a ring, to foretell a marriage, and a thimble for a lucky life.


Why is it called Stir Up Sunday?

Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may of thee be plenteously
rewarded; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

This collect was always read just before Advent. Since most recipes for Christmas pudding call for the mixture to stand for several weeks before cooking, the day subsequently became connected with the preparation of Christmas puddings in readiness for Christmas.  Supposedly, cooks, wives and their servants would go to church, hear the words 'Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord and be reminded, by association of ideas, that it was about time to start stirring up the puddings for Christmas.

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