The ultimate guide to Stir-up Sunday

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Plan ahead for a stress-free Christmas


Prep ahead for Christmas in the traditional way by making your Christmas pudding, cake, or mincemeat before the start of Advent and allowing flavours to mature. This year, Stir-up Sunday falls on Sunday 24th November.  But what is Stir-up Sunday, what do you make on Stir-up Sunday and how to get ahead with your Christmas Day cooking.

First things first, get the Christmas Playlist ready, and get the ingredients out to make your Christmas pudding, mince pies and Christmas cake.


What is Stir-up Sunday?

Stir-up Sunday is an annual tradition where home-cooks spend the last Sunday before Advent ‘stirring up’ their Christmas pudding. The family would get together to prepare Christmas treats that needed a few extra hands, such as stirring together thick Christmas pudding mixture.

Which recipes are made on Stir-up Sunday?

Traditionally, the Christmas pudding is made on Stir-up Sunday.  Mincemeat for mince pies and Christmas cakes cake also be made today.  This will give time for the flavours to develop for eating at Christmas.

Get ahead with Christmas Day Cooking

Not only is Stir-up Sunday a handy tradition to remember to give your Christmas pudding or cake time to mature, use this time to think ahead on what you can also prepare and store before Christmas Day itself such as making roast potatoes or Yorkshire puddings and freezing them.

Stir-up Sunday recipe ideas

Classic Christmas pudding

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Christmas cake

Make in advance and top up with booze or tea to keep it moist and juicy.

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Mince Pies

Perfect for the holidays, have them with a cup of tea or add some custard to make a more substantial dessert.









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I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

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