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your christmas day timing guide



This guide is created assuming you have a standard 55-60cm freestanding oven with 2 shelves and the bottom of the oven usable for baking. If you have a smaller/integrated oven, or one with fewer shelves, you may wish to consider using a slow-cooker, microwave or remoska, or cooking in advance to help you prepare this larger celebratory meal.

We have written this guide assuming your family will have their starter at 13.50 and their main course at 14.15, do please adjust your start times if you wish to serve your meal at a different time.
time task oven notes

Christmas Eve
prepare Christmas pudding not in use leave steaming until tomorrow

7.45am Christmas day
pork joint prep and into oven pork joint

8.20
make eggy bread and sausage pork joint

8.40
serve eggy bread and sausage pork joint

9.00
make mushroom soup pork joint stop just before final simmer

10.00
make stuffing, yorkshire pudding batter and cochons from this recipe pork joint

12 noon
begin to steam Christmas pudding pork joint

12.20
lay the table pork joint

12.40
prepare vegetables and baste meat bottom: pork without foil, middle: carrot/potato/cochon, top: potatoes

12.50
whip cream for Christmas pudding bottom: pork without foil, middle: carrot/potato/cochon, top: potatoes chill this until required

13.15
check Christmas pudding, topping up water levels if required bottom: pork without foil, middle: carrot/potato/cochon, top: potatoes

13.30
simmer mushroom soup bottom: pork without foil, middle: carrot/potato/cochon, top: potatoes

13.35
remove pork and vegetables. turn oven up for stuffing and yorkshires. heat yorkshire tin in oven top: potatoes, middle: yorkshire tin

13.45
put yorkshire pudding into oven top: potatoes, middle: yorkshires

13.50
serve mushroom soup top: potatoes, middle: yorkshires

13.55
put stuffing into oven top: potatoes, middle: yorkshires, bottom: stuffing