Sunday, 24 November 2013

Stir It Up Sunday Christmas Pudding Recipe from M&S

Edit!! This is a fast forward image on Christmas day of the finished pud. Looks so good, I was really chuffed and it tasted amazing, I may use less sugar next time as very sweet, but everybody else loved that!

Why buy when it is easy to make a Christmas pudding yourself.

I was googling for info and read that 90% of people buy Christmas pudding now.
I was one of them and having made it a few times not really sure why as it is one of the easiest things to make.
Its literally stir and cook.

Stir It Up Sunday is today the last Sunday before Advent, churchgoers will hear an unintentional reminder from the Book of Common Prayer that it’s time to make the Christmas pudding. “Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord…” starts the Collect of the day.
The tradition of Stir-up Sunday, with the whole family gathering in the kitchen to stir the mixture and make a wish is a good start to the countdown to Christmas.

I have a slight intolerance to some nuts, so looking for nut free Christmas puddings is tricky, they all seem to be alcohol free too. To me a good Christmas pudding has to have the brandy. For some people its, ale, cider, rum, for many its alcohol free. The great thing about making this yourself is yo can add or takeaway ingredients.

Mine is a suet free Christmas pudding good for vegetarians.

I omitted the nuts in the recipe below and substituted with more flour.

 M and S have  all the ingredients to make a great pud. They gave me their recipe and sent me the goodies to help. 

They do have a range of great puddings to buy this year too, I have my eye on the Sugar Plum Pudding.

If you are reading this and thinking you missed the day, it can be eaten straight away, so its not too late to Stir It Up!


225g/8oz Caster sugar 
340g/12oz Sultanas 
340g/12oz Raisins 
225g/8oz Currants 
50g/2oz Glace cherries 
110g/4oz Plain flour 
1 lemon, zest only 
5 Free Range eggs, beaten 
1 level tsp Ground cinnamon 
1 level tsp Mixed spice 
5g/1 level tsp Ground nutmeg 
Pinch of salt 
150ml/5fl oz French Brandy (
55g/2oz Flaked almonds 

A step by step photo guide to Christmas pudding may help, hopefully to show how easy it is.


Soak fruit in brandy overnight.  The aroma is gorgeous.

In the morning you will have a lovely bowl of plumped up fruit and then its just a case of adding the Christmas pudding ingredients to the fruit and stir it up.

A big stir of the pudding, now is the time for the family to have a stir and make their wishes.

Nest spoon the mix into a pudding basin. 

This recipe was not given with size of bowl I used a  two pint basin which I filled to the inside lip,not the rim and not having a smaller bowl, I filled another with the remainder.

Put a circle of baking parchment  on your pudding or puddings.

Next place foil over the top  press it around the rim and trim of excess.

Make a string handle. Note my make shift garden string, I forgot to buy white string. 

Most recipes will as this one did say steam the Christmas pudding for 6-7 hours. There are pudding steamers and all manner of ways to steam, but if you just have large pans these will do. You just need a lidded pan to ensure the temperature of the water is kept boiling to create the steam that cooks the pudding.

To try to make it easier I will tell you how I did this, I got a large sheet of foil to make a bed for the basin.

Once the water is boiling in a pan I pop in the foil and lower the pudding into the pan, pressing down so the pudding has a comfy non movable base. Puddings should not come  into contact with the base of the pan and the water needs to be halfway up the pan at all times, so will need topping up.

You can use a heatproof plate upturned, it works as well, but I do not like the constant rattle of plate hitting the bottom of the pan.

Steam the pudding for 6-7 hours. 

Remove pudding from steamer completely cool, replace the parchment with another circle and cover with foil or a lid if buying a plastic pudding basin.

Store in a cool, dry place until Christmas day. On Christmas day reheat the pudding by steaming again for 1-2 hours. Serve with brandy butter, rum sauce or custard.

I will post a picture of my pudding at Christmas and let you know what it tastes like, I can sort of tell it will be good as it smells divine!!

I am also adding the link to The Diary of A Jewellery Lover's

Christmas Recipe Linky

Some great recipes are being added over the coming weeks, check it out.

Disclosure:  I was given the ingredients to make the pudding. I was under no obligation to receive the sample or talk about this company. I get no additional benefits for talking about the product or company.


  1. this is really interesting and love the recipe. than ks for sharing it. looking forward to have some more blogs like this.
    90 day challenge

  2. I totally forgot it was Stir-up Sunday today so feel that I've let myself down by not making the pud for this year like I said I was going to :(

    Looking forward to seeing how yours turns out :D

    Louise x

    Confessions of a Secret Shopper

    1. You can still do it, the pud can be eaten straight away.

  3. Looks wonderful. Bet it smells great when it is cooking ;)

    1. Strangely not overly much as it was all tightly covered, but the smell when the foil came off was gorgeous.

  4. I don't eat Christmas Pudding myself, but I do love making it, the smell is lovely! Thanks for sharing I may have to try this one for my dad!

    1. I haven't had a chance to make it yet, but it is bookmarked and I will get around to it!

  5. I've never heard of stir it up Sunday before!

  6. Oh wow, that looks fabulous! I do like Christmas pudding but I hate mixed peel and nuts, as I'm sure you've found it's nigh on impossible to find one without! The best I had was a chocolate Christmas pudding. I think I'll have a go at that recipe above and adapt it for my tastes.

    Popping over from blogsRus.

    1. Thanks for coming, I want a chocolate one. I hate mixed peel too, not mad on cinnamon either this was added as its not full on in with all the other flavours.
      I wished I had added orange now, I also want to try using grated apple next time. Be interesting to see how heavy it is or isn't without the suet too.

  7. I've never made Christmas pudding as I'm put off by the steaming bit, but your instructions sound very easy.

    1. Its just boiling in a pan of water the foil as a cushion is a noise free option and you just have to make if you know you will be around for 6 hours. Christmas pudding easily cooked in a slow cooker too.

  8. I've never been a massive fan of Christmas pudding but this looks good.

  9. This might be an odd question but were your raisin and currants expensive? My nan wants to get a start on her Christmas Cake and hasn't been able to find currants and raisins anywhere but never thought to check M&S xx

  10. I have just checked, for the whole packs Sultanas £1.99 Raisins £1.99
    Currants £1.79, they are very plumb and tasty, I have enough to make a boiled tea bread too. These were provided by M&S.

  11. Oh my god this looks incredible!! I made my own tiny one when I was in school, and thats been the last time really! Might give it a go.. MIGHT! :D xx

    1. Oh do make it, a real smug feeling comes over you on Christmas day too!! Its so easy to make, really!!

  12. I never made my own Christmas pudding, as it's not something we usually have for Christmas. last year we had Betty's pud, which was lovely. But when I see recipes and photos online of people making their own puds for Christmas, I feel like joining in.

  13. I love Christmas pudding with brandy butter or brandy cream. Yum. Might add dried cranberries to the recipe.

  14. Does anyone a silver coin into the pudding these days? I think it'd have to be a very clean, foil wrapped 5p piece. I'd be too afraid of accidental choking!

  15. looks a lovely recipe but with only a couple of people in the family who like christmas pudding is quite expensive to make

  16. looks delicious and a great recipe

  17. Fab recipe. I had never thought of making my own

  18. Seems a great idea Jo! Wish I'd tried myself now - especially as there are only two of us in the house that eat it, so it was the first year we didn't have one. I missed it :(