Queen’s chefs share Royal Family’s recipe for traditional Christmas pudding

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The Royal Family's chefs have shared their recipe for Christmas pudding with the world as they posted the ingredients on Twitter today.

A post from the @RoyalFamily official Twitter account announced that today is "Stir-up Sunday", which is traditionally the day when home cooks 'stir up' their Christmas pudding mixture.

It's the informal term used in Anglican churches for the last Sunday before the season of Advent.

With just over four weeks to go until Christmas Day, people making their own Christmas puddings will be keen to get started.

And the chefs from Buckingham Palace's kitchens have shared their recipe for the festive favourite.

"Stir-up Sunday" is the day when home cooks 'stir up' their Christmas pudding mixture
(Image: @RoyalFamily /Twitter)

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The Royal Family's tweet said: "Today is #StirupSunday : traditionally the day when home cooks ‘stir up’ their Christmas pudding mixture.

"This year, chefs in the Royal kitchens have shared their recipe for a traditional Christmas pudding.

"We hope that some of you enjoy making it in your own homes."

The method is relatively easy
(Image: @RoyalFamily /Twitter)

They also posted a video showing the method used to make the pudding.

It includes stirring all the ingredients together, putting them in a pudding dish and then steaming them for six hours, refilling the water if you need to.

Once your pudding is made and cooled, the advice is to wrap it up well and keep it in a cool, dark place until Christmas.

A video shows you exactly what to do
(Image: @RoyalFamily /Twitter)

It takes six hours for the puddings to steam
(Image: @RoyalFamily /Twitter)

According to the royal kitchen all the ingredients you need to make two 1kg Christmas puddings are:

  • 250g raisins
  • 250g currents
  • 185g sultanas
  • 150g mixed peel
  • 250g suet or vegetarian suet
  • 250g breadcrumbs
  • 90g flour
  • 12g mixed spice
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 180 demerara sugar
  • 275ml beer
  • 40ml dark rum
  • 40ml brandy

The account also shared a video giving a step-by-step guide for what you need to do to make the pudding.

First, it says, combine all the dry ingredients like the fruit and sugar and stir them up.

Then add the eggs and the liquid ingredients including the alcohol, stirring it again.

Next grease the pudding basins you are using, remembering this amount of mixture will make two 1kg puddings.

You have to be patient – it takes six hours for the puddings to steam
(Image: @RoyalFamily /Twitter)

Press the mixture into the pudding basin and cover with a circle of parchment paper.

Then cover the basins with muslins or foil and put them into a deep saucepan. Fill the pan with water up to 3/4 of the pudding basin height. Cover the pan with foil.

Steam the puddings for six hours, refilling the water if you need to.

Once the puddings have cooled down, wrap them well and store them in a cool, dry, dark place until Christmas.

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The Royal Family usually spend the festive break at Sandringham in Norfolk.

The Queen and her loved ones lay out their Christmas presents on Christmas Eve and exchange gifts at tea time.

On Christmas Day, the Queen and other members of the Royal Family attend the church service at St Mary Magdalene in Sandringham.

Another tradition is for the Queen to give out Christmas puddings as gifts to all her staff. She pays for around 1,500 puddings to be given out to staff working in the Palaces, the Court Post Office and the Palace police.

She also donates money to some charities in Windsor during the festive period.

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