Will you be making your Christmas pudding this Sunday?
Stir-up Sunday is a centuries-old tradition that started in the Victorian era and is said to be named after the words of the Book of Common Prayer: "Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people".
Traditionally, the Christmas pudding mix is made on the last Sunday before Advent and is stirred from East to West to signify the journey of the Wise Men. Every member of the household would gather for the occasion and each take their turn to stir while making a wish. Originally, it contained 13 ingredients to represent Jesus and his disciples, although the recipe has experienced significant adaptations over time. Historically, a charm was added to bring luck to whomever found it in their portion on Christmas Day. Which may have been a silver coin for wealth, a wishbone for luck, a thimble for thrift, a ring for marriage, and an anchor for safe harbour.
Filled with fruit and a few tablespoons of liquor, Mary Berry’s Christmas Pudding is a perfect recipe for this year’s Stir-Up Sunday on November 25th. Especially as the fruit will soak up the flavours of the alcohol to produce a delicious, flavourful and moist bake! Remember to keep a tablespoon or two of your preferred alcohol to drizzle over the pudding on Christmas Day.
Find a delicious recipe here.
Let us know in the comments if you’re planning on taking part in this tradition and what charm you like to add for good luck!
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