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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

Christmas plans are up in the air for everyone this year due to Covid-19 including the royals.

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.