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Christmas pudding
A Christmas pudding
Did you know today is "stir up Sunday"?

A day when we traditionally gather round the kitchen table to mix our Christmas puddings...

We're now being encouraged to adopt a modern twist on this tradition by the Homeless charity Crisis who say why not buy a Christmas pud to give a homeless person Christmas with "all the trimmings"?

Go to the Crisis pud website to find out more

Here's Kay Polle's recipe


4oz flour
2oz breadcrumbs
3oz suet
1 1/2 lbs raisons, sultanas and currants
2 -3 fl oz of orange juice
1 tablespoon of grated lemon peel
1 grated cooking apple (small)
1 grated carrot (small)
2 eggs
1 tablespoon of golden syrup
3oz mixed citrus peel
a teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of ground clove
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
5oz of sugar
a pinch of salt


Mix all dry ingredients together
Add eggs and stir
Add sugar and stir
Add fruit and stir
Add a tablespoon of brandy
Put mixture in a greased pudding bowl
Cover with grease-proof paper
Steam for 3-4 hours

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