Christmas pudding on a plate

Stir-up Sunday 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.

20 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

A classic light, spiced Christmas pudding - so simple you don't even need any kitchen scales

3 hrs
Easy
Vegetarian
44 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

A fruity pud, served with orange custard cream, makes the perfect end to the traditional Christmas meal

6 hrs and 30 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
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27 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

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 hrs
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Vegetarian
20 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

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

3 hrs
Easy
18 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Impress your guests with this showstopping Christmas dessert, which can be made up to one month ahead

12 hrs
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17 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Get a head start on Christmas with James Martin's make-ahead pudding

6 hrs and 45 mins
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7 ratings 3.9 out of 5 star rating

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 hrs
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27 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

BBC Good Food's show-stealing December 08 cover recipe - perfect if you fancy a change from the usual Christmas cake

2 hrs and 50 mins
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Vegetarian
15 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

An irresistibly tipsy passion fruit and Cointreau-laced pud that steams in half the time of a traditional Christmas pudding

4 hrs and 15 mins
Easy
2 ratings 3.0 out of 5 star rating

Keep these festive favourites nice and simple or spice things up with some imaginative twists

55 mins
Easy
2 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star 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 hrs and 15 mins
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13 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

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

4 hrs
Easy
14 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

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 hrs and 10 mins
Easy
14 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

This deliciously moist alternative to the traditional pudding was conjured up by combining sticky toffee pudding and carrot cake

1 hr and 50 mins
Easy
7 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

Try sponge instead of fruit cake this Christmas. Our white chocolate cake is a crowd-pleaser and you can buy the meringue decorations, or bake them yourself

3 hrs and 5 mins
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Vegetarian
3 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Bespoke festive puddings mean you can customise each one to individual tastes while keeping the rich fruity base the same

2 hrs and 40 mins
Easy
476 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

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 hr
Easy
4 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

If you prefer a lighter, fruity Christmas pudding, share Sarah Cook's family recipe, which makes three sizes of pud

4 hrs and 10 mins
Easy
169 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

One of our most requested recipes – puddings don't get any better than this

1 hr and 25 mins
Easy
11 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

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

3 hrs and 45 mins
Easy
2 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

This child-friendly pud by reader Julie Prior is a classic twist on the traditional Christmas pudding

2 hrs and 30 mins
Easy
5 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

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 hrs and 35 mins
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3 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Not everyone likes a traditional Christmas pudding, and these smaller ones are much lighter than their bigger, traditional counterpart

2 hrs and 5 mins
Easy
247 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

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 hrs and 35 mins
Easy
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