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Get the Children Involved with Stir Up Sunday

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Make a Wish on Stir Up Sunday

It’s not long now before families across the UK will be taking it in turns to stir the Christmas Pudding. November 25 is Stir Up Sunday and this is the perfect day to introduce your children to this rather sweet tradition. The day always falls on the last Sunday before Advent so remember to go out and buy the ingredients you need for your pudding this week and encourage your children to get involved.

According to The Independent a survey discovered that two thirds of Children in the UK had never stirred a Christmas pudding. The reason behind this is because more and more families, up to 90%, are choosing to buy pre-made puddings. Thankfully home cooking is taking off once more so roll up those sleeves, throw on an apron and gather the family to each take turns stirring the mixture for the best Christmas Pudding ever this Sunday.

Ingredients for a Traditional Christmas Pudding

  • 225g Currents
  • 225g Raisins
  • 225g Sultanas
  • 125g Prunes
  • 150ml Ale
  • 225g Muscavado sugar
  • 125g Breadcrumbs
  • ½ tsp Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp Ground Coriander
  • ½ tsp Ground nutmeg
  • 225g Suet
  • 50g Candied peel
  • 125g Grated cooking apple
  • 75g Grated carrot
  • 3 eggs
  • 125g Plain flour
  • 1 lemon – chopped rind plus juice
  • 50g Chopped almonds

Add all the ingredients into a bowl except for the eggs and the ale and mix well. In a separate bowl whisk the eggs and the ale before adding it to the dry ingredients. Now is the time for each family member to take turns stirring the mixture, and don’t forget everyone needs to make a wish too.

Cover the bowl and leave overnight before adding to a pudding dish, leaving a 2.5cm gap at the top. Cut some non-stick paper into a circle and put it on top of the pudding mix. Then take a large piece of foil and double it over making sure it is larger than the circumference of the pudding dish. Make a crease in the middle of the foil so it can expand while steaming and place it over the bowl, pressing down around the edges before securing with a piece of string making a handle across the middle to pick up the bowl. Steam the pudding for approximately 4 to 5 hours and keep topping up the water in the pan every our so it doesn't run dry. You can store the pudding in a dark place until Christmas day when it will need steaming for a further 2 hours before serving.

The Golden Bear Toys team would love to see your Christmas Puddings, share your creations with us on Pinterest

Make your wish a good one! 

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