Is it that time of year already? It seems like I've only just packed my barbecue away, and now I'm thinking about Christmas pudding! Christmas puddings are an absolute favourite in my family, and we all get together at my mum's to help her make the pudding. We usually make ours a month before to let all the flavours sink in and mature.
Traditionally, Christmas puddings were always made on Stir-up Sunday. This is the last Sunday before advent begins and this year, it falls on November 24th. It was the day when everyone in the family took a turn to stir the pudding, making a wish whilst they stirred. The pudding mixture was always stirred from East to West to represent the three wise men who visited baby Jesus. Another tradition was to place a sixpence coin in the mixture (if you do this, remember to wrap it in greaseproof paper to avoid any choking). It was believed to have brought wealth to the lucky finder!
Whether it's a cake I'm baking, or a pudding I'm making, there are some handy essentials that I just can't live without:
A good set of kitchen scales are a must in any kitchen. My favourite is this John Lewis Traditional Kitchen Scale. It's made from stainless steel and has a large, easy-to-read dial. Best of all, the add-and-weigh facility lets you weigh different foods in succession by adjusting the pointer to zero between each measurement.
Getting the ratio of ingredients right is half the success of baking a cake. I love the John Lewis enamel measuring cups which come in a set of 4 and look very cute.
To mix my pudding or cake mixture, a goodspatula is essential. This Figgy Pudding wooden spoon is great as it's crafted from durable beech wood and features a line from the Christmas Carol on the handle.
Freezes for up to a year (make double for next Christmas)