Traditionally, the Christmas pudding is made on ‘Stir-Up Sunday’ which is 5 weeks before Christmas. On Stir-Up Sunday, families often come together and take turns to mix the ingredients, and make a wish. It’s also a good opportunity for the younger generation to learn how to make a Christmas pudding!

Even if you don’t keep to the full tradition of Stir-Up Sunday, it’s a great excuse to get the family together before the hectic Christmas period. This year it falls on Sunday 22nd November 2020 – get the date in your diary!

Before you start making your pud this year, check out our easy-to-follow, tasty recipe. It’s got step-by-step instructions on how to make a Christmas pudding which is rich, moist and fruity!

Ingredients you’ll need:

Equipment you’ll need:

Saucepan with lid (we used a 20cm size one)
Baking paper
Wooden spoon
Large mixing bowl
Mixer or hand blender

Guide on how to make a christmas pudding

Step 1

Chop the glacé cherries in half and put in a large mixing bowl along with the mixed fruit and orange zest.

Step 2

Put four slices of bread into a blender and blend until you have a good consistency of crumbs.

Step 3

Add the breadcrumbs, flour, suet, sugar, mixed spice, salt and bicarbonate of soda to the bowl. Mix together.

Step 4

Add the black treacle, eggs and brandy and stir well. This is where you can take turns to stir, making a wish!

Step 5

Grease the pudding bowl with butter and spoon in all of the mixture.

Step 6

Take a piece of baking paper and fold a crease in the centre (this allows for the steam). Cover the bowl with the paper and secure it tightly with string below the lip of the bowl to create a seal.

Step 7

Put the bowl in a saucepan and fill the pan with water until it’s just below the string.
Steam for around 5 hours. Leave the pudding to cool, prick with a skewer and pour in a little extra brandy. Cover with fresh greaseproof paper and retie with string. Store in a cool dry place until Christmas Day.


That’s it! On Christmas Day reheat the pudding by steaming it for about an hour, and serve with brandy butter, custard or a brandy sauce – delicious!

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