'Stir Up Sunday' is the last Sunday before the start of advent and the day when people traditionally make their Christmas puddings. This gives plenty of time for lovely boozy flavours to develop over the weeks leading up to Christmas.
The tradition started way back in the 14th Century. The Christmas pud we know so well actually started life as a savoury dish, consisting of beef and mutton with prunes, wine and spices, eaten as a last big meal before people fasted ahead of Christmas feasting.
These days it's been transformed into a sweet dish made with eggs, breadcrumbs and dried fruit, earning the name 'plum pudding' despite not having any plums in it at all (it's what the Victorian's called raisins).
Why not make this year your tastiest yet by trying our recipe for a cracking Christmas pud? It's the perfect time to get together as a family and start your Christmas preparations with a spot of good fortune! Take turns stirring a homemade Christmas pudding, whilst making a wish for good luck. A sixpence is added to the mixture at the time of stirring and the lucky diner who finds the penny on Christmas day in their dish is believed to receive good luck and wealth in the coming year.