I’m just planning what I need to buy in for next weekend. It’s going to be busy as I’ve decided to break with tradition this year and instead of waiting for Stir-up Sunday, I’m going to make my Christmas Cake and Christmas Puddings over the August Bank Holiday weekend. A friend did this last year and it worked really well. The cake and puddings certainly benefited from the extra standing time. I always keep a Christmas pudding to have over the Easter weekend and I always notice how much deeper and smoother the flavours have become by then, so the extra maturing time really makes a difference.
Giving the Christmas Puddings and Cake the extra time to mature is reason enough for making them early. Running a busy household, business and attending numerous social functions and church events between September and Christmas I find anything I can do early can make an enormous difference to the stress levels in the run up to Christmas, which should after all be the most enjoyable and special time of the year.
If you like the idea of having an early Stir-up Sunday best to get the Christmas Cake and Christmas Pudding ingredients on order now for next weekend.
Have a good week.