Easy Christmas Pudding Recipe | Stir Up Sunday
Sunday 25th November is Stir Up Sunday – the day when we traditionally put on our aprons, gather our ingredients, and bring together friends and family to cook up our best Christmas pudding recipes.
Traditionally 5 weeks before Christmas, Stir Up Sunday means there's plenty of time for your homemade Christmas pudding to soak up spices, fruits, and alcohol before the big day itself.
But there's more to Stir Up Sunday than planning ahead.
Stir Up Sunday is a tradition dating back to Victorian times, when families would come together to stir the Christmas pudding for good luck. There are Christian connotations too - the opening words of the Book Of Common Prayer, used on the last Sunday before Advent, read: "Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people," so in more ways than one - this is the day to get stirring!
5 Stir Up Sunday Traditions
- In the 19th century, Prince Albert declared his love for the Christmas pudding and made it fashionable, and from that day onwards it became a Christmas staple.
- The 13 key ingredients of Christmas pudding traditionally represent Jesus and his disciples.
- Christmas puddings are traditionally stirred (while making a wish) by each member of the family from East to West, to remember the Wise Men that visited Jesus in the Nativity Story.
- The final garnish of holly on a Christmas pudding traditionally represents the crown of thorns.
- In Victorian times, adding coins to your Christmas pudding was meant to bring luck to those who found it while eating! These lucky charms were traditionally a silver coin for wealth, a wishbone for luck, a thimble for thrift, a ring for marriage, and an anchor for safe harbour. (It’s easy to choke on these small charms, so we don’t recommend adding them into your mixture!)
Feeling inspired to make your own homemade Christmas pudding? Follow our ethical easy Christmas pudding recipe…
Easy Christmas Pudding Recipe
This easy Christmas pudding recipe can be made up to 4 weeks before Christmas. Don’t forget to thaw it completely before reheating. If you’re making your Christmas pud closer to Christmas, It can also be made up to 3 days in advance and refrigerated. Just make sure you bring it to room temperature for an hour or so before reheating!
To reheat your Christmas pudding, cover with fresh foil and steam for 90 minutes, or cover with cling film and microwave on High for 7 minutes.
Ingredients for our ethical easy Christmas Pudding
1 cup fair trade raisins
1 cup fair trade sultanas
1 cup self-raising flour
1 cup finely grated butter (about 115g/4oz)
1 cup fresh brown breadcrumbs (from around 4 thick slices of bread)
1 cup light fair trade muscovado sugar
1 cup mixed fair trade nuts (chopped, plus extra to decorate)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground mixed spices
1 cup milk
1 large egg
Butter (for greasing)
Ingredients for our butterscotch sauce
100g light muscovado sugar
200ml double cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
Easy Christmas Pudding Recipe Instructions
(Make up to 3 weeks before Christmas)
For the pudding, mix together the fair trade raisins, sultanas, self-raising flour, finely grated butter, brown breadcrumbs, and fair trade muscovado sugar in a bowl. If you’re adding nuts, mix them in too!
Add the cinnamon and mixed spices, then stir in the milk and egg. Once it’s all mixed together, tip the Christmas pudding mixture into a buttered 1.5 litre pudding bowl.
Cover with a double layer of buttered foil, making a pleat in the centre to allow the pudding to rise. Tie the foil securely with string, then place in a steamer or large pan containing enough gently simmering water to come halfway up the sides of the bowl.
Steam the pudding, covered with a lid, for 150 minutes. Keep checking the water level while the mixture cooks, and top up as necessary.
If you’re making the pudding on Stir Up Sunday, remove the foil, let the pudding cool slightly, then wrap it in cling film and then fresh foil. If you’re serving it immediately, unwrap the pudding and invert onto a deep plate.
Easy Butterscotch Sauce Recipe Instructions
(Make this up to one day before serving the pudding!)
Stir together the butter, light muscovado sugar, double cream, and vanilla extract in a bowl and bring slowly to the boil.
Stir the bubbling mixture for 2-3 minutes, until the sugar has dissolved and the sauce thickens slightly, turning pale caramel in colour.
Remove the butterscotch sauce from the heat, and pour over the pudding. Don’t forget to decorate with the leftover mixed nuts!
So there you have it – make this Stir Up Sunday the day your Christmas preparations begin!