Stir Up Sunday

Have you ever wondered where Christmas Pudding originated from? Well, the Christmas Pudding tradition is a very British one – first introduced to Britain by Prince Albert.

Stir up Sunday is an informal term in Anglican churches for the last Sunday before the season of advent where you make your Christmas pudding – giving it enough time to mature before Christmas. It is a day that brings the whole family together – where traditionally, each family member takes a turn to mix the pudding mixture and make a wish (If you think how many ingredients go into the pudding, it’s wise to get all hands on deck to help). Why stop there? There are other traditions for the humble Christmas pudding:

Stir-up traditions

  • A Christmas pudding traditionally contains 13 ingredients – representing Jesus and his disciples.
  • It is traditionally stirred by each member of the family from East to West, to honour the Wise Men that visited the baby Jesus. Don’t forget to make a wish.
  • Holly – the traditional garnish represented the crown of thorns (we recommend faux holly!)
  • Coins, in particular a sixpence, were added to the pudding as it was believed that finding a coin on your plate on Christmas day would bring good luck and wealth.
  • Charms, other than coins were also added, including – a wishbone for luck, a thimble for thrift, a ring for marriage, and an anchor for safe harbour.

Once the pudding is stirred up, the fruit in the mincemeat absorbs moisture and spice flavour while the cake matures. The alcohol in the pudding intensifies with the fruit and the crumb of the pudding gets darker and more compact, resulting in a deliciously intense Christmas pudding.

We’re bringing the tradition back to the 21st century with a whole host of different Christmas Pudding recipes to bring what’s the most important part of Christmas, the family, back together.

With a whole host of different ingredients, you can really personalise

With a whole host of different ingredients, you can really personalised a traditional christmas puddingChristmas pudding to your taste. Whatever recipe you choose to use, our  top tip is to use Billington’s unrefined sugar in your mixture as the rich undertones of caramel really lends itself to the complexity of the fruit and alcohol within the puddings.

This is our Traditional Christmas Recipe, featuring lots of fruit with beer and rum, your taste buds will not be disappointed.

Traditional Christmas pudding


Maybe you’re after something a little different this year? Try our mini Christmas Puddings with lime and mascarpone for a deliciously light twist.

Christmas pudding mascapone

Mini Christmas puddings with lime and mascarpone



brandy butter


If it’s traditional brandy butter you’re after, Billington’s unrefined golden caster sugar gives it a luxurious taste which will have your family licking the bowl clean! Try our recipe


Brandy butter


last minute christmas pud


However, if you have missed the boat and you’re in panic mode, Fear not, we have a quick and easy Christmas Pudding recipe which you can even make on Christmas Day.


Last minute Christmas pudding




Whatever you end up making on Stir Up Sunday, just remember, it’s family that really make the day.