Today is Stir Up Sunday; the last Sunday before advent and traditionally the day to make your Christmas pudding. Last year I wrote about trying a sugar free, flourless Christmas pudding recipe but I didn’t in the end. Gathering the ingredients I stalled at ‘breadcrumbs’. I didn’t have any bread. Bread contains flour, hmmm. So I didn’t use that recipe but I did still make my puddings. You don’t recall? Well I didn’t post the end result because I wanted to surprise George’s dad when I presented him with this pudding, made using his mum’s old family recipe.
George’s Nan’s Christmas puddings were the stuff of legend and whenever someone asked what she put in it she refused to tell. When she died in 1999 we all thought her Christmas recipes had gone with her. Until this time last year when G was reminiscing about his Nan’s wrapping and boiling of her puddings and I remembered she’d written it down for our wedding cookbook. How could we have forgotten?
When we got married my brother wrote to all our guests and asked them to share their favourite recipe. He collated them into a ‘wedding cookbook‘ and presented it to us at our reception. I’m ashamed to say that Nan’s Christmas pudding was the first recipe I’ve actually made from it. It was such a wonderful gift and although I’ve not made the recipes I like to flick through it from time to time. Perhaps 2011 should be the year for stirring up some of our friend’s recommendations.