Christmas pudding on a plate

Stir-up Sunday recipes

46 Recipes

Prepare a homemade Christmas pudding or brandy-soaked Christmas cake before Advent. We also have other festive recipes that you can make ahead and freeze.

Easy Christmas pudding


(20 ratings)

A classic light, spiced Christmas pudding - so simple you don't even need any kitchen scales...
  • 3 hours
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Classic Christmas pudding


(22 ratings)

A homemade Christmas pudding is easy to make, then it just needs time in the steamer to turn it into a glorious, rich, fruity dessert. A festive classic
  • 8 hours
  • More effort
  • Vegetarian

Honey saffron Christmas cake


(21 ratings)

Has all the flavours of Christmas without being too heavy and can be made at the last minute too
  • 3 hours
  • Easy

Christmas pudding ice cream


(17 ratings)

Impress your guests with this showstopping Christmas dessert, which can be made up to one month ahead
  • 12 hours
  • More effort

Cranberry & white chocolate panettone


(6 ratings)

The perfect treat to serve up for Boxing Day brunch, panettone is easy to make if you have a food processor fitted with a dough blade
  • 4 hours
  • More effort

Stollen wreath


(27 ratings)

BBC Good Food's show-stealing December 08 cover recipe - perfect if you fancy a change from the usual Christmas cake
  • 2 hours and 50 mins
  • More effort
  • Vegetarian

Light & fruity Christmas pud


(15 ratings)

An irresistibly tipsy passion fruit and Cointreau-laced pud that steams in half the time of a traditional Christmas pudding
  • 4 hours and 15 mins
  • Easy

Enchanted forest Christmas cake


(1 rating)

A stunning cake that uses the 'boiling method' to plump up dried fruit. Decorate with pistachio paste trees and swirles of fluffy icing
  • 5 hours and 15 mins
  • More effort

Figgy Christmas pudding


(13 ratings)

A classic that every Christmas table should have. Make ahead and simply steam the puds to reheat on the big day
  • 4 hours
  • Easy

Chocolate & cherry Christmas pudding


(14 ratings)

A twist on the classic Christmas pudding, our cherry version is served with silky dark chocolate, a rich brandy sauce and a dollop of double cream
  • 3 hours and 10 mins
  • Easy

Mix & match mini Christmas puddings


(3 ratings)

Bespoke festive puddings mean you can customise each one to individual tastes while keeping the rich fruity base the same
  • 2 hours and 40 mins
  • Easy

Unbelievably easy mince pies


(462 ratings)

No rolling required! Press the raw, crumbly pastry directly into your tin for a short, biscuity finish. Our easiest mince pie recipe and great fun to make with kids
  • 1 hour
  • Easy

Granny Cook's Christmas pud


(4 ratings)

If you prefer a lighter, fruity Christmas pudding, share Sarah Cook's family recipe, which makes three sizes of pud
  • 4 hours and 10 mins
  • Easy

Buttered rum Christmas cake


(10 ratings)

Mix dried fruit, nuts, cranberries and maple syrup on Stir-up Sunday for this crowd-pleasing Christmas cake that improves as it keeps
  • 3 hours and 45 mins
  • Easy

Cherry pecan Christmas pudding


(5 ratings)

This lighter version of the classic Christmas pud is still full of festive flavours - citrus zest and brandy are added to this nutty spiced fruitcake
  • 8 hours and 35 mins
  • More effort

Little iced Christmas puds


(3 ratings)

Not everyone likes a traditional Christmas pudding, and these smaller ones are much lighter than their bigger, traditional counterpart
  • 2 hours and 5 mins
  • Easy

Make & mature Christmas cake


(177 ratings)

Bake this festive fruit cake in advance of Christmas and feed it regularly with rum, brandy or whisky to build the flavour and keep it moist
  • 2 hours and 35 mins
  • Easy

Mince pies


(127 ratings)

Paul Hollywood prefers melt-in-the-mouth pastry for his fruity mince pies, so this recipe is nice and short
  • 1 hour
  • Easy


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