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 23 November. 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! You can also make an extra pudding to store for next Christmas, as a mature pudding will taste even better.
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. Our customers love this Heston Blumenthal by Salter digital scale made from stainless steel and has a large, easy-to-read screen. Best of all, the add-and-weigh facility allows you to measure a multiple of ingredients. Shop our range of Kitchen Scales.
Getting the ratio of ingredients right is half the success of baking a cake. Get into the Christmas spirit with this set of Christmas measuring cups which come in a set of 4 cup sizes and made from durable melamine.
To mix my pudding or cake mixture, a goodspatula is essential. This heart cut-out wooden spoon always brings a smile and is ideal when everyone takes their turn to stir the pudding. Shop our range of Utensils.
Freezes for up to a year (make double for next Christmas)