Winchcombe Place care home stirs up a festive pud

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Residents at Winchcombe Place care home in Newbury were joined by children from The Winchcombe School for a festive ‘stir-up’ ahead of the traditional day for making Christmas puddings, Stir-up Sunday.

Residents and the care team used a Christmas pudding recipe created especially for the home by Great British Bake Off finalist Brendan Lynch. 

Led by head chef, Gary Shaw, residents and pupils from the neighbouring school took it in turns to stir in the ingredients, including mixed peel, festive spices and glace cherries, and then made a secret wish.

Stir-up Sunday, which takes place on the last Sunday before Advent, is traditionally the day when families and friends gather together to ‘stir-up’ their Christmas pudding and make a wish, leaving plenty of time for the pudding to mature before Christmas Day.

Stephanie Jones, home manager said: “We were delighted to invite pupils from The Winchcombe School along to join us for Stir-up Sunday and everyone had a wonderful time adding the ingredients to the mixing bowl and seeing if we could recognise the different spices.

“Baking has many therapeutic benefits and mixing certain ingredients associated with Christmas can trigger memories and happy feelings from Stir-up Sunday’s of the past.  For many of the residents this is a lifelong tradition that they remember doing as a child and we were keen to continue this important milestone in the lead up to Christmas.”

It’s not too late to make your own Christmas pudding - Brendan Lynch’s recipe can be downloaded at www.careuk.com/stirupsunday.”

Head chef, Gary Shaw, concluded: “We all really enjoyed using Brendan’s special recipe to make our Christmas pudding and we can’t wait to taste it on Christmas Day.” 

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