Stir-up Sunday

Tomorrow is known as Stir-up Sunday – the day when tradition suggests we should make our Christmas Pudding!

As with many of our festive traditions, Stir-up Sunday is a tradition that began in Victorian times. It gets its name from the beginning of the collect for the day in the Book of Common Prayer, read on the last Sunday before Advent, which begins with the words, “Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people”. This became a reminder to prepare the festive fayre.

The classic version of the pudding we know of today would traditionally contain 13 ingredients – representing Jesus and his twelve disciples.

Family members would take turns to stir the pudding with a wooden spoon (to represent the manger) from east to west, symbolising the journey of the Three Wise Men, whilst making a wish. Trinkets would often be added to the pudding before it was wrapped, steamed and stored away until Christmas Day.

Today there are a huge variety of Christmas Puddings to choose from.

Chocolate Orange Pud

If you fancy a change from the classic why not try this Chocolate Orange Pud, served with a delicious chocolate sauce from the 2022 Dairy Diary?

Christmas Pudding

If you prefer to stick with traditional flavours, the Christmas Pudding from The Dairy Book of Home Cookery is a tried and tested festive favourite.

Frozen Christmas Pudding

A beautiful alternative to Christmas pudding, or serve anytime as a decadent treat.

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Katy Hackforth
I look after communications and marketing at Dairy Diary. I’m a busy mum and love home baking and cooking for my family. In my spare time I enjoy visiting the theatre, eating out with friends and exploring the great outdoors!

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