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The Royal Mint Christmas Pudding & Stir-Up Sunday

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The countdown to Christmas is on and this year I have been commissioned by The Royal Mint to share with you their very own Christmas Pudding recipe (created by Rachel Walker, Food Editor at The Sunday Times). The tradition of the Christmas Pudding dates back to the Victorian era when Prince Albert introduced the idea. Up and down the land families would gather on Stir-Up Sunday (the last Sunday before Advent) and take it in turns to stir the pudding, adding a silver six pence and making a wish before steaming it. I remember my English grandmother’s Christmas Puddings and always hoped to find the six pence in my bowl as it was a sign of good luck for the rest of the year!

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Str-Up Sunday falls on 20th November this year so you have plenty of time to order your own silver six pence from The Royal Mint (order by 16th November). Steeped in history The Royal Mint has been minting coins for over 1,000 years. From the 13th century they were based at The Tower of London for 500 years moving onto Tower Hill in 1812 and have been in their current location in South Wales since 1967. As well as providing millions of coins to the domestic market (circulative and commemorative) each year The Royal Mint also produces billions of coinage and blanks around the world and currently meets 15% of global demand, making it the world’s leading export mint!

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When I grew up we didn’t have this tradition of Christmas Pudding making and Stir-Up Sunday in our house as my mother is Danish. There was plenty of baking done in the run up to Christmas but none of it involved pudding. The traditional Christmas pudding in Denmark is a rich and creamy Risalamande (Rice Pudding) with Cherry Sauce and a whole almond is traditionally hidden in it. The lucky finder wins a prize. I can’t tell you the amount of pudding I ate as a child to try to get that almond – I didn’t even like it back then but I love it now! I remember one year we were having Christmas in Denmark and one of the prizes was a huge marzipan pig and being a marzipan addict I was on a mission. But it wasn’t to be as my Danish grandpa found the almond and chose a box of cigars as his prize.

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So making this Christmas Pudding was a first in our household and I decided to let my daughter take the lead and I was her assistant. We had great fun stirring-up the pudding and it was lovely to spend some quality time with my daughter and teach her all about this Christmas tradition. We both made a wish when The Royal Mint silver six pence went in (the boys were out, otherwise we’d have got them to come and have a stir and a wish too)! In fact it was so much fun that I definitely want to do this again next year and might even try and replicate my English grandmother’s old Christmas Pudding that I sadly never got the recipe for.

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So if like me you’ve never made your own Christmas Pudding on Stir-Up Sunday then I hope you will have a go this year with your family, I can’t tell you how much it put us in the Christmas mood. Alternatively if you do make Christmas Puddings but are looking for a change, then I can thoroughly recommend The Royal Mint’s delicious recipe.

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The Royal Mint Christmas Pudding & Stir-Up Sunday
 
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A traditional Christmas Pudding that will keep the tradition of Stir-Up Sunday alive!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Serves: 8 - 10
Ingredients
  • 170g sultanas
  • 140g currants
  • 140g raisins
  • 200ml water
  • 30g plain flour
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp grated nutmeg
  • ½ tsp ground mace
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • 55g breadcrumbs
  • 85g shredded suet (if you cannot get hold of suet, softened butter works just as well)
  • 40g chocolate (70%), grated
  • One cooking apple, peeled and grated
  • 85g soft dark brown sugar
  • 20g chopped mixed peel
  • 55g blanched almonds, roughly chopped
  • One lemon, zested
  • One orange, zested
  • One tbsp black treacle
  • Three tbsp brandy
  • One egg, beaten
  • Knob of butter for greasing
  • EQUIPMENT
  • The Royal Mint Six Pence
  • One litre pudding/heat proof bowl
  • Greaseproof paper
  • Large elastic band
  • String
  • Stock pot
  • Steamer basket/deep saucer/ramekin
  • Tin foil
Instructions
  1. Put the sultanas, currants and raisins in a saucepan with the water. Bring to the boil, and simmer for three minutes. Leave to soak, uncovered, overnight.
  2. Sift the flour and spices into a mixing bowl.
  3. Add the breadcrumbs, suet or butter, grated chocolate, grated apple, brown sugar, mixed peel, almonds, lemon and orange zest.
  4. Mix well, using your hands to get rid of any lumps of butter and ensuring the mixture is fully blended together.
  5. Stir in the soaked fruit, which will have plumped-up overnight. Next, stir in the treacle, brandy and beaten egg.
  6. Mix well, and stand overnight. While this isn’t necessary, the marinating helps the spices soak in. Before you’re ready to cook, stir in the Royal Mint Six Pence. It’s traditional for everyone to give the pudding a turn with a wooden spoon at this stage, and make a wish.
  7. Use the knob of butter to grease the pudding bowl, and tip the Christmas pudding mixture into it.
  8. Cut one circle of greaseproof paper, which is a few inches bigger than the rim of the bowl. Use a large elastic band to secure it over the pudding bowl with a folded pleat running through the middle. This will allow room for the pudding to release excess steam. Cover the top with a piece of tin foil (same size as the greaseproof paper) and then tie it tightly with the string.
  9. Make a loop of string across the top, to fashion a handle, so the pudding can be easily lifted in and out of the pan.
  10. If you are using a steaming pot, pour some water into the bottom of the stock pot – about one eighth full – so that the steamer basket sits in the bottom, just above the water level. Bring the water to the boil, and place the Christmas pudding in the basket.
  11. If you don’t have a steamer basket, simply use the upturned saucer or ramekin so that the pudding basin is kept away from direct contact with the base of the pan. Then fill the stock pot with water to around half-way up the side of the pudding basin.
  12. Put on the lid, and steam at a gentle simmer for four hours. Keep an eye on the water to make sure that the pan doesn’t boil dry, and add more water from the kettle to keep it topped-up if needed.
  13. If the lid of the stock pot doesn’t fit on tightly, it’s not ideal, but not disastrous – as long as there’s plenty of steam circulating. Keep an even more careful eye on water levels though, as a loosely covered pot is more likely to boil dry.
  14. Lift the pudding out of the pan after four hours, making sure you keep the greaseproof lid on – that way you can store the Christmas pudding for up to two months.
  15. On Christmas Day, steam the pudding again for another two hours, and serve – perhaps with a sprig of holly on top, and a splash of brandy to light it.
Notes
WARNING: Risk of choking, please inform guests about potential six pence in pudding when serving. Please sterilise the coin in boiling water before adding to pudding mixture or push coin into warm pudding before serving. DO NOT put pudding containing coin into a microwave oven.

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Check out how Helen of Casa Costello got on with making her Christmas Pudding with her daughters and also Grace of Eats Amazing’s Gran’s Traditional Christmas Pudding. Mum in the Madhouse shares her Traditional Christmas Pudding with a Twist!

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  1. Elizabeth

    Gosh this looks good! I’ve never made my own Christmas pudding before. Will have to try this year!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Elizabeth, nor had I:-)

  2. Ren Behan

    I can practically smell that delicious-looking Christmas pudding Camilla – what a beauty! I also really love the sound of the Danish Christmas dessert…

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Ren, we had great fun making it:-)

  3. Katie Bryson

    I have to say I wasn’t a huge fan of Christmas Pudding as a child, but the older I get the more likely I am to have a wee sliver of it with some brandy butter on Christmas Day. My mum and her partner are coming to us for Christmas this year, so we’ll definitely be putting it on the menu as they love it. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Katie, yes it’s amazing how our tastes change over the years!

  4. Jen Walshaw

    We had lots of fun making this year’s Christmas Pudding. Now the boys want to see who will get the sixpence!

    1. Camilla

      Fab Jen,it’s such a lovely thing to do together:-)

  5. Kavey

    Oooh lovely, and with the traditional coin from the Royal Mint as well! Looks lush!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Kavey, yes the silver six pence makes all the difference:-)

  6. Richard Eldred Hawes

    I remember stir-up Sunday, as a child we used to stir the pudding 3 times and make a wish

    1. Camilla

      Excellent Richard, I can only remember eating the pudding at my grandparents’!

  7. Laura Tovey

    Lovely, look forward to trying this recipe, it sounds fantastic!

    1. Camilla

      Great Laura, I’m sure you’ll love it:-)

  8. Paul Wilson

    Oo, I’ve not tried chocolate in my Christmas Puddings before, have to give it a go.

    1. Camilla

      Yes do Paul:-)

  9. Sharon

    Aw how fun! I haven’t had Christmsd pudding before but I love the tradition. I have a few traditions during the holidays too. I cannot wait to share them with my future children one day!

    1. Camilla

      It really was great fun Sharon and lovely to pass on the tradition:-)

  10. Amanda

    This recipe sounds delicious! I love the tradition behind it and that you and your daughter are keeping the tradition alive.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Amanda, it’s such a wonderful tradition:-)

  11. Jessy @ The Life Jolie

    What a beautiful traditional Christmas dessert. I regret that I’ve never tried this before but it sounds amazing!

    1. Camilla

      Nor had I Jessy, it’s never too late:-)

  12. Just Jo

    Lovely styling on these photos Camilla – I only discovered a holly tree in the depths of our communal garden area around the Apple Chapel *after* I did my own Christmas Pud this year lol. I’ve never added chocolate to my pud before but that’s a great idea – I do it with one Christmas cake recipe so why not the pud?! Lovely post 😀

    1. Camilla

      Thank you so much Jo, I really enjoyed this post! We planned on a walk to the park to find Holly but as soon as we got to the top of our close there was Holly bush growing in our small communal garden so we didn’t have to go far. We carried on to the park anyway and found all the other berries and ivy along the way:-)

  13. Nicola @ Happy Healthy Motivated

    I’ve never made my own Christmas pudding before, but yours looks so fabulous that you’ve made me really want to try it!

    1. Camilla

      Fabulous, glad to have inspired you:-)

  14. Amanda Mason

    I think this is equivalent to “fruit cake” here in the states! The ingredients look like it! Your pictures look way better than any fruit cake I’ve seen though!! Fruit cakes are a Christmas tradition here in the states…at least they were when I was a kid but that tradition seems to be declining for yrs….too bad! Yours looks beautiful!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you for your lovely comments Amanda. We do have Christmas Cake too but that is usually covered in marzipan and icing. Christmas Pudding is usually served with cream, whites sauce, ice cream or even custard. We should try to hang on to these traditions.

  15. Renz

    This pudding is pretty close to what we call black cake in the Caribbean. Having been governed by the British at one point I can see how it got mixed into our culture. Our cake has a little more flour texture than the pudding but it’s still pretty close. Love getting additional traditional info on the pudding though

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Renz, so interesting to hear about the different names for Christmas Pudding across the other side of the ocean. Yes cultures and recipes frequently cross pollinate:-)

  16. Platter Talk

    I think that this could be a welcome treat at our Christmas dinner table and maybe a new tradition! Thank you.

    1. Camilla

      Fabulous Dan, glad to have inspired you:-)

  17. Jess

    I’m not a fan of Christmas pudding but I do love hearing about all the traditions around them! I didn’t realise the Royal Mint was so old.

    1. Camilla

      Glad to have enlightened:-)

  18. vicky hall-newman

    I wish I had time and patience to make my own Christmas pudding. This looks yummy.

    1. Camilla

      It really is very simple to do:-)

  19. Ickle Pickle

    Oh this looks simply delicious. Your photos alone have me feeling all Christmassy! Kaz x

    1. Camilla

      Aaw, thank you, we felt very Christmassy too:-)

  20. Leah

    Even though I am not a fan of Christmas pudding I love the look of the recipe and would actually try and attempt it for those that do in the family if we ever did Christmas at ours in the future x

    1. Camilla

      Fabulous Leah, glad to have inspired you:-)

  21. Sarah

    I’m not a fan of Christmas pudding but I do like to have one in the house for visitors or if anyone comes over for dinner! This recipe sounds like a great one! I’d love to try making this with my family 🙂 Thanks for sharing xx

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Sarah, maybe if you made your own you’d favour it more:-) xx

  22. dena

    Never tried Christmas pudding. Cute that your daughter got involved.

    1. Camilla

      We did have fun thanks:-)

  23. Rhian Westbury

    I’m not personally a fan of Christmas pudding but my mum always makes one (with a lot of alcohol in it) at Christmas x

  24. Jacqui Bellefontaine

    A lovely look xmas pud and I too am intrigued about the chocolate. Not sure i would ever have thought of that but I can see how it would work

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Jacqui, dark chocolate does appear in lots of recipes these days as a flavour enhancer:-)

  25. glenn hutton

    This looks amazing and so moist… I think sometimes they can be very dry!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Glenn:-)

  26. William Gould

    I remember helping my Nan make the Christmas Pudding, but I never remember finding the sixpence on Christmas Day though…

    I think I also remember my Nan used to make all the family members give the pudding a stir while she was mixing it!

    1. Camilla

      Lovely William, my granny lived too far away so I never got to help with any Christmas baking with her but she made the most wonderful moist Christmas puddings and cake. I don’t remember finding the six pence either, perhaps it was a fix as they didn’t want kids choking on it:-)?

  27. Heather Haigh

    I really love Christmas pud – and one with a proper sixpence in – magic!

    1. Camilla

      Yes, great to keep this tradition alive:-)

  28. Nadia

    Sounds like a fun tradition! The Christmas pudding looks delicious and it was so sweet to let your daughter take the lead 🙂 it’s all about creating memories 😀

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Nadia, she’s a fabulous little baker so this was just her thing:-) And yes we had a lovely time doing this together, I think my biggest input was grating the chocolate and making the pudding cover:-)

  29. Anosa

    Would I be disliked if I said I don’t like Christmas Puddings? I know this one looks amazing and probably even more tasty but it was never our tradition so never really embraced them. But I love the idea of a gift for finding the silver sixpence

    1. Camilla

      We can’t all like everything, for me my only no no is blue cheese:-)

  30. Rachel

    I have never made my own Christmas Pudding but it is one of my favourite things in the world to eat x

    1. Camilla

      Well I think you should make one Rachel, it’s so easy and gets you in the festive mood:-)

  31. Paul Wilson

    I know this is heresy, but I like to do mine in the microwave instead of steaming for hours, comes out amazingly well.

    1. Camilla

      I won’t judge:-)

      1. Paul Wilson

        Glad to hear it. 🙂

  32. Laura @ KneadWhine

    I was thinking only the other day that I didn’t know where you could get a sixpence from these days!

    I love the idea of finding an almond means a prize – although I think the almond itself would be a reward.

    1. Camilla

      Well that’s so fortunate Laura, now you know:-) Yes I think I’d like to add a prize to the finding of the six pence, that would be very lucky:-)

  33. Lucy

    Wow your Christmas pudding looks amazing, such a deep rich colour. I am intrigued by the addition of chocolate it must add a lovely hint of flavour.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Lucy, the chocolate does add a subtle hint of flavour:-)

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