This Sunday is Stir-up Sunday!
This day, which is always the last Sunday before Advent, is the traditional time to make your Christmas pudding and cake. Everyone in the house stirs the mixture and makes a wish.
In common with most children, my boys are not particularly keen on Christmas cake or pudding. They do, however, still enjoy joining in with the rituals of making the cake: putting the fruit on to soak, stirring the mixture and – of course – icing it when the time comes.
Every November I consult my recipe books and try to decide which cake to make this year. I’m a big fan of Mary Berry, Delia Smith and Nigella Lawson, and tend to rotate the recipes each year. Make your cake now and it will have plenty of time to mature in time for Christmas.
I have decided to make a small cake this year, so I’m going to follow Nigella’s traditional classic recipe, which gives you three different size options. I can’t find this recipe online, but it features in her Christmas book. Mary Berry’s recipe for a Victorian Christmas cake is also excellent. And you can’t go wrong with Delia’s Classic cake either.
I made the Mary Berry one last year and it was a winner!
This year, I’m considering making my own Christmas pudding too. Sixpences, or other small tokens, were often traditionally added to puddings. Our family has never done this, but this year the Royal Mint are giving away 2,015 free sixpences to encourage people to revive the old tradition. I’ve signed up for one and I’m crossing my fingers that I get it in time. If I do, then it’ll be just the excuse I need to made a traditional pudding this Sunday. I’ll almost certainly turn to this recipe from Delia.
What will you be stirring up this Sunday?