There are many variations now but the traditional version should be a fruity sponge with citrus and spice.
Traditionally it would have 13 ingredients representing Jesus and his 12 disciples.
Stir Up Sunday started back in Victorian times, and was a tradition where families would come together to get their fruit puddings stirred up, steamed and stored ahead of Christmas.
Each member of the family would take a turn to give all the ingredients a good mix around while making a wish for the coming year.
Christmas puddings can be made well ahead of Christmas and once cooked can be stored in a cool place away form light.
Keep the pudding topped up with a splash of liquor every week to keep it moist
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For the recipe see Classic Christmas Pudding
In addition we have soaked the Raisins in Damson Gin