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Weekly Link for Sunday 24th November

today is also call stir up sunday
Recipes for Stir Up Sunday from the BBC

This year, Stir-up Sunday falls on Sunday 24 November. Put on your best Christmas playlist, put some mulled wine on to simmer and get mixing with our beautiful make-ahead recipes, including the classic Christmas puddingmince pies and our popular make & mature Christmas fruitcake

What is Stir-up Sunday?

Stir-up Sunday is a centuries-old annual tradition where home-cooks spend the last Sunday before Advent ‘stirring up’ their Christmas pudding. That means it’s not on the same date each year, and falls somewhere at the end of November before Advent begins. 

Which recipes are made on Stir-up Sunday?

Traditionally, the Christmas pudding is made on Stir-up Sunday, and in its modern form as a dried fruit-based dessert, it would have been wrapped in a cloth and boiled. In earlier times it would have contained meat and been eaten at the start of the meal or alongside the meat. The cloth eventually gave way to basins and moulds, and now we tend to use a basin, which is considerably easier than a cloth. 

In the years since the tradition began, keen cooks have not only used the occasion to make Christmas pudding, but other festive favourites using dried fruit too, notably Christmas cake and the mincemeat for mince pies.

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