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Stir up Sunday

Sarah Bull

Online Co-ordinator, Home

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:

Scales

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.

Scales
Christmas measuring cups

Measuring

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.

Mixing

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.

Spoon

Christmas pudding with walnut topping

Serves 10
Freezes for up to a year (make double for next Christmas)

Method

  1. Put dried fruits, dates, cranberries, ginger in pan with orange zest, juice and liqueur. Warm gently for 10 minutes. Then leave to cool
  2. Grease a pudding 1.3 litre basin. Put small grease proof paper circle in the base
  3. Beat butter, sugar, eggs and flour then stir in the fruits, breadcrumbs, cinnamon and nuts
  4. Steam pudding for three hours either in a slow cooker or pan and let cool. Store for a week or freeze for a month
  5. For the sauce, melt the butter and sugar in a pan, tip in the walnuts; stir for a few minutes. To toast, add orange juice, liqueur and cranberries. Allow to bubble until thick and creamy. Leave to cool
  6. To serve, steam warm for 1 hour. Gently warm the walnut sauce. Serve the pudding. Pour over the sauce
  7. Decorate with a sprig of holly, extra liqueur and light!

Helpful products

John Lewis pudding basin John Lewis Made With Love oven mitt and tea towel John Lewis measuring spoons Cuisipro Fine Rasp

1 - John Lewis pudding basin I 2 - Cuisipro Fine Rasp grater I
3 - John Lewis measuring spoons I 4 - John Lewis Made With Love oven mitt and tea towel

Ingredients

  • Pudding
  • 100g raising
  • 100g sultanas
  • 50g currants
  • 175g dates stoned
  • 85g dried cranberries
  • Grated zest + juice of 1 orange
  • 1 thsp grated ginger
  • 100ml orange liqueur
  • 100g butter
  • 100g dark muscuvado sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 85g fresh white or brown bread crumbs
  • 50g s.r. flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 85g walnuts roughly chopped
  • Walnut topping sauce
  • 100g butter
  • 100g light muscuvado sugar
  • 50g walnuts
  • 50g dried cranberries
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • 3ths orange liqueur