Christmas Pudding

SUS Stir


Stir up, O Lord, the wills of your faithful people, that they bringing forth the fruit of good works, may by you be richly rewarded: through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen

This prayer, read out on the last Sunday before Advent, would prompt many in the congregation to rush home thinking

‘Stir-up, fruit, Christmas Pudding time!’

This recipe is nice and flexible, allowing you to incorporate your favourite flavours…


350g dried fruit (sultanas, currants, figs, apricots, cranberries, peel, nuts, etc.)

300ml spirit or liqueur (brandy, rum, port, Cointreau, etc.)

175g fresh breadcrumbs

140g butter (frozen & grated)

40g self raising flour

195g dark brown sugar

1 egg (beaten)

2tsp ground spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, mixed)


  1. Place the fruit and alcohol in a small saucepan, warm gently for 5 minutes then stand for 1 hour.
  2. Tip all ingredients into a large bowl and stir together for 5 minutes.
  3. Butter and line a 1 ltr pudding basin with greaseproof paper, tightly fill with pudding mix.
  4. Cover the basin with a double layer of pleated greaseproof paper and tin foil, secured with string around the rim and across the top as a handle.
  5. Steam for 5-6 hours. Allow to cool, store in a cool dry place, topping up with extra alcohol if you wish!
  6. To serve, steam again for 1 hour to ensure it’s well heated through
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