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Stir-up Sunday

Plum pudding stir-up Sunday

I love cooking but as I’m a savoury fan (and cheese seems the perfect way to end a meal) rather selfishly it’s been my tendency to neglect sweets and cake-making. However, one dessert, that is not only one of my favourites, has also become something of a festive tradition. Around five years ago when my parents joined us in our home to celebrate the holiday for the first time, we decided to try out our first Christmas plum pud.

We were pleasantly surprised that… shhhh it’s not actually very difficult. The recipe we use has not been passed down through either of our families for generations, rather it’s the first one we tried by Dan Lepard and we haven’t strayed from it since. Although this pudding calls for plums, often they do not even contain this fruit and were so-called traditionally because raisins were known as plums.

This year we’ve actually managed to make it on Stir-up Sunday (today)! The practice of stirring up started from the Book of Common Prayer:

“Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may of thee be plenteously rewarded…”

On hearing this on the last Sunday before Advent, those responsible for cooking would be reminded to get started on their puddings, which usually have to be left for four or five weeks before their reawakening on Christmas day.

Hopefully this year’s will turn out something like this…

Christmas plum pudding.

I enjoy savouring the pudding all on its own but if you fancy a sauce to accompany yours, check out Come Step Back in Time blog for some help from Mrs Beeton.

As our pudding is simmering, that can only mean the festive season has officially started, so I’m off for a mulled wine (Copenhagen style with almonds and raisins…)

Apologies as it’s way to early to ask but what Christmas traditions do you have? Do you have any delicious recipes that have become a festive can’t live without? Let me know…

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