From our favourtite foody/illustrations people They Draw & Cook - an illustrated Christmas Pudding recipie to celebrate Stir Up Sunday today !
That's right! It's time to dust-down the best mixing bowl and bulk-buy dried fruit. The last Sunday in November is traditionally the time to begin making the Christmas pudding.
We've got a few ideas here if you want to start mixing up your own Christmas Pudding:
1. Follow Mary 'Queen of the GBBO' Berry's recipe for a classic pudding "loaded with big pieces of fruit." You can't go wrong with a Mary Berry recipe!
2. Go traditional with a Mrs Beeton's regency Christmas Pudding, and read all about the history of the plum pudding on this fascinating blog. (Jane Austen fans - this one is for you!)
3. If you don't fancy a traditional Christmas pudding, why not give these festive cake pops a go? If you've not tried cake pops before, we can highly recommend them. A pudding on a stick may seem a little odd at first, but they look so good they double as a table decoration! And a bit of Christmas efficiency is never a bad thing.
The most important thing to remember with Christmas pudding-making though, is to make a wish whilst you are stirring. Don't forget! And if you'd like to be really traditional and add a sixpence, but don't have one to hand (it's been a while, after all!) you can even buy one here.
Happy stirring, wishing, and brandying everyone!
Later this week we're catching up with Jane Leech, official baker of the Kiosk at the Park Christmas Cake. She'll be offering her top tips for festive Christmas baking, and the all important decorating of the Christmas Cake.