Stir Up Sunday is a tradition which dates back to Victorian times where families would prepare and stir their Christmas pudding ingredients. This year it falls on 20th November and we’ve put some interesting facts and tips together for you.
Stir Up Sunday facts
- The name ‘Stir Up Sunday’ comes from the Book of Common Prayer which is read on this Sunday before Advent at church, “Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord.”
- It’s tradition for each family member to stir the mix from East to West (this is in honour of the Three Wise Men who visited baby Jesus) and to make a wish!
- Preparing the Christmas pudding weeks in advance allows time for the ingredients to mature. This makes a flavoursome Christmas pudding with delicious, spicy aromas.
- Adding coins into the pudding mix apparently brought good luck to whoever found one while eating their pud. We wouldn’t advise that however as it can be unhygienic, could get swallowed, or may chip your teeth.
- Christmas pudding is traditionally decorated with holly. Since holly berries are very toxic, we’d suggest making your own edible holly using Jane Asher’s roll-out icing and decorations.
Tips for your Christmas Pudding
Click here to read Jane Asher’s recipe for her Traditional Christmas Pudding. Here are some tips to ensure that your Christmas pudding tastes its best and bakes well.
- Buy fresh ingredients – don’t be tempted to use spices that have been in the back of the cupboard or unused since last year. The pudding will taste its best with fresh ingredients.
- Set aside the whole day to prepare your ingredients – chop, mix and steam your ingredients without rushing.
- If you don’t want to use beef suet, use vegetarian suet or grated butter.
- Add breadcrumbs to the mix – this’ll make your pud light in texture.
- If you’re using a pudding basin, tie string around the rim of the basin to secure the paper and foil and make a string handle so you can lift the pudding out of the pan easily.