This year, I had not so much a stir-up Sunday but stir-up Tuesday on the Melbourne Cup public holiday in Melbourne. As well as a Christmas cake, I made a Christmas pudding and mincemeat using recipes from Betty's of Harrogate published in The Guardian here.
This was a bit of risk taking, because I have never heard of Betty's of Harrogate. However, the illustrations of the Christmas pudding and cake were so good that I decided to give it a burl.
And boy, was it worth it - I was rewarded with the handsome pud at the top of this post, albeit after 5 hours of steaming. After last year's disasters, I was ecstatic.
I have also used the Betty's of Harrogate recipe for mincemeat in the same article:
Tim says he loves fruit mince tarts, so I have made this mincemeat in the hope that it will mature nicely and be the perfect basis for some fruit mince tarts.
I am so excited that Christmas is coming - I can't wait to get stuck into the rest of my Christmas baking.