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Well, I’m full blown in the Christmas spirit now it is November. I’m a little behind with the actual present buying but that isn’t stopping me thinking about the food! Obviously, I produce a LOT of Christmas Cakes but for the first time this year, I am branching out into making Christmas Puddings.
I’ve never been a massive fan of shop-bought Christmas Puddings and didn’t realise that Mr C was missing out. The Royal Mint have asked if we (Me & the Costello girls) would be interested in having a go at making our own so we are rising to the challenge! Over the past couple of years, I’ve heard more and more people taking part in Stir Up Sunday – The idea is that all the family get involved with stirring up the ingredients for the pudding, the Royal Mint six pence gets put in and everyone has a turn in stirring.
We will be following the recipe supplied by The Royal Mint (created by Rachel Walker, Editor at The Sunday Times and specially commissioned last year by The Royal Mint) but will also be following the old tradition of inserting a silver six pence. Folklore dictates that in Victorian times, Prince Albert introduced the tradition to bring families together in the kitchen at Christmas time and whoever finds the six pence will have good luck all year round.
The History of The Royal Mint
• The Royal Mint has been involved with making British coins for over 1000 years. They have been based in the Tower of London, Tower Hill & more recently, South Wales.
• The Royal Mint has produced 4.4 billion coins and blanks to 40 countries in 2015 alone. In 2015, they delivered coins and blanks to 39 countries. Additionally, The Royal Mint issued 2,007 million coins (2014-15: 2,384 million) to UK cash centres in 2015
• The Royal Mint is also trusted with the currencies of other countries. It has served more than 100 issuing authorities around the world and currently meets approximately 15% of global demand, making it the world’s leading export mint
Stir Up Sunday
This year, Stir Up Sunday falls on Sunday 20th November. If you would like to purchase your own six pence for including in your pudding, the last date for ordering from The Royal Mint is Sunday 13th November.
My question to you is, are you doing or making anything different this Christmas. I’ve heard of a lot of people who are making more of their gifts to give out this year – I’ve also heard of a couple of people who will be making their own Christmas Cakes for the first time this year. I’m loving that so many of us will be learning new skills this season.
For more Christmas Food ideas, feel free to visit and follow my Pinterest board. A lot of these recipes can be made in advance – I’m all in favour of an easy life around Christmas. I will also be producing a Christmas Eve Food Ideas board and a Boxing Day Board very soon too. This year will definitely be all about the food!