- Stir-up Sunday is the Sunday before Advent.
- This year 2010 , Stir-up Sunday is on 21 November.
- At the same time, every member of the family takes a turn at stirring the Christmas pudding.
- The Christmas pudding is stirred up from East to West in honour of three Wise Men who visited the baby Jesus.
- The Christmas pudding has got 13 ingredients that represent Christ and His Disciples.
- People usually add a coin to the ingredients because to bring wealth to whoever found it on their plate on the Christmas Day.
CHRISTMAS PUDDING RECIPE:
225g/80z golden caster sugar
225g/80z vegetarian suet
120g/4oz chopped candied peel
120g/4oz plain flour
120g/4oz fresh white breadcrumbs
60g/2oz flaked almonds
Zest of 1 lemon
5 eggs, beaten
1 level tsp groung cinnamon
1 level tsp mixed spice
1 level tsp freshly grated nutmeg
Pinch of salt
150ml/5fl oz brandy or rum
Mix together all the dry ingredients.
Stir in the eggs and brandy and mix through well.
Turn the mix into 4x1 pint or 2x2 pint lightly-greased pudding basins.
Put a circle of baking parchment and foil over the top of each basin and tie securely with string.
Make a string handle from one side of the basin to the other so it´s easier to pick the basin out of the pan after cooking.
Put the basin in a large steamer of boiling water and cover with a lid.
Boil for 5-6 hours, topping the boiling water up from time to time if necessary.
If you don´t have a steamar, put the basins in a large pan on inverted saucers on the base. Pour in boiling water to come a third of the way up the sides of the pudding bowls. Cover and steam as before.
Change the baking parchement and foil covers for freshones and tie up as before. Store in a cool cupboard until Christmas Day.
To serve the pudding on Christmas Day, steam for 2 hours and serve with brandy butter, rum sauce, cream or home-made custard.
MARCOS GOMEZ 6º C