What to make on Stir-up Sunday

Take to the kitchen to prepare for Christmas ahead of time. Our cake, pudding and mince pie recipes are ideal for a cookery session on Stir-up Sunday...

Stir-up Sunday is a centuries-old annual tradition in which cooks spend the last Sunday before Advent 'stirring up' their Christmas pudding. Always landing at the end of November, it's an opportunity to spend a day getting festive in the kitchen, preparing for the imminent feasting by making not only your pudding, but a whole host of stashable Christmas classics. So put on your best Christmas playlist, pop some mulled wine on to simmer and check out our beautiful make-ahead recipes…

Chocolate & cherry Christmas pudding

Chocolate & cherry Christmas pudding

This is a twist on the classic Christmas pud, served with its own silky chocolate sauce. The recipe has been created using cup measurements, so it's great for beginners or young chefs. Planning on making extra as a gift? Wrap the pudding in a festive tea towel tied with string or ribbon, then write the instructions for the sauce on a pretty tag. You can make the pudding up to two months before eating.

Chocolate & cherry Christmas pudding

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Make & mature Christmas cake

Christmas pudding

Looking to keep things traditional this Stir-up Sunday? Prepare this fruit cake in advance and feed it regularly with rum, brandy or whisky to build up the flavour and keep the cake moist. The preparation only takes 25 minutes so you should have plenty of time for a few more Christmassy recipes too…

Make & mature Christmas cake

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Golden amaretti Christmas cake

Golden amaretti Christmas cake

A good mix of trend and tradition, this is one of the easiest Christmas cakes we’ve created thanks to a virtually all-in-one method. The whole thing is measured in cups, so it's a great one for kids to get involved with too. The results are guaranteed to leave your guests feeling floored…

Golden amaretti Christmas cake

Custard & crumble mince pies

Mince pies

These freezable mince pies are the perfect thing to have in the freezer come the holiday season. Adding a layer of custard and a crumbly topping makes an irresistible and more mellow mince pie. You will be patting yourself on the back come December…

Custard & crumble mince pies

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More than just puddings…

Cranberry sauce

If you want to feel super smug come the holiday season, don’t just stop at the Christmas puddings. Our guide to 10 Christmas classics you can make ahead covers everything from roast potatoes to Yorkshire pudding, cranberry sauce and stuffing. It’s quite literally Christmas on ice…

10 Christmas classics you can make ahead

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caroline thompson
19th Nov, 2016
Interesting as the recipes undoubtedly are and accepting that church attendance figures are in freefall it seems unfortunate the you don't give at least some detail concerning 'stir-up' Sunday. Its occurence is fixed, as you say, but perhaps you might go on to explain that the expression itself comes the collect for today from the 1549 Book of Common Prayer.
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