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Homemade Christmas Hampers

For a DIY Christmas that’s fun but frugal, get baking!

Whether you want to cut down on costs, or simply enjoy being creative in the kitchen, baking homemade goodies is a great way to create personalised, heartfelt gifts for Christmas without breaking the bank.

From homemade jams, to mini mince pies and individual Christmas puddings and why not try your hand at a few different recipes and create a tantalizing homemade hamper?

These adorable Mini Brandy Christmas puddings are sure to please. The great thing about this recipe is that it can be made well in advance and reheated on the day. 

Here at Baking Mad we believe the perfect Christmas cake or pudding should be dense, moist and oozing decadence. To achieve this we recommend using only the very best quality ingredients.

For an extra impressive Christmas pud, choose Billington’s Dark Muscovado Sugar. The world’s finest dark brown soft sugar, its rich taste and natural colour adds depth to all your cooking and baking.

To gift wrap these gorgeous mini puddings, simply wrap each in greaseproof paper, then tie in a muslin square. A sprig of holly and some raffia add the perfect finishing touches.

Looking for something more continental for your hamper? Why not try our delicious recipe for Stollen. In recent year’s this traditional German recipe has fast become a festive favourite in Britain. Lighter than traditional Christmas cake, it makes a delightful alternative and a great addition to any festive hamper.

With so many great Christmas recipe ideas to choose from, what will you be putting in your Christmas hamper?

Stir Up Sunday- 20th November

Stir Up Sunday
For us home bakers, Stir Up Sunday, is probably one of the best parts of the whole festive season.

Traditionally the day to begin preparing your Christmas cake or pudding, Stir Up Sunday always falls on the last Sunday before advent- which this year is the 20th November.

For many the delicious aromas which float through the house as you begin soaking your fruit mark the beginning of the festivities.

The customs surrounding Stir Up Sunday bring the whole family together as each takes a turn to stir the mixture and make a wish and even add coins- the finding of them on Christmas day traditionally bringing wealth, health and happiness! (So long as you don’t manage to swallow the thing!)

Here at Baking Mad we believe the perfect Christmas cake or pudding should be dense, moist and oozing decadence. To achieve this we recommend using only the very best quality ingredients.

For an extra impressive Christmas pud, choose Billington’s Molasses Sugar. The ultimate soft brown sugar, Billington’s Mollasses is packed full of natural cane molasses making it deep in colour and rich in taste. Perfect!

And for the superior Christmas cake taste why not add Billington’s Unrefined Light Muscovado Sugar to your shopping basket. Recommended by Good Housekeeping, this sugar is the world’s finest. It’s richness and depth of flavour is unmatched.

Happy Stir Up Sunday everyone!