Christmas dessert has a special place in the celebration of Christmas. Whether you are in the snow-clad plains of Canada or the Australian summer, you can’t skip the desserts. In fact, from the times known to mankind, Christmas has been associated with mouth watering and delicious desserts that are unique to certain countries and cultures. These Christmas delicacies can also be seen selling in the Christmas markets. The real fun is to try making them at home. For all those who would like to add some to their pre-existing list, here are some options.
Polish Christmas Cookies – Pierniczki Świąteczne
The best thing about these cookies is that they can be made days ahead of Christmas. They bake in not more than 10 minutes and they are very easy to make with our regular pantry ingredients. They can even be made and used to make edible toys for the Christmas tree.
These cookies can be relied upon very well to bring in the Christmas spirit home. These edible toys, once ready will tempt you to have your Christmas tree ready and decorated so that one can stomach these decorations at will. So, if you want to bring in Christmas early, use this link this weekend.
Great Britain – Christmas Pudding
The very famous Christmas pudding is also part of a centuries-old custom known as “Stir-up Sunday.” This tradition is followed on the Sunday before Advent and promotes spending some valuable time in the kitchen to prepare the feast.
This very famous British dessert dates back to a few years and originated in Medieval England. With time, the original recipe went through several modifications until it started finding its way to the famous cookbooks with the name of Christmas pudding.
For a detailed description check the Recipe of Christmas pudding.
The Philippines – Bibingka
Traditionally, bibingka is a rice flour cake made with coconut milk and eggs. It is used to be cooked in clay pot ovens that are lined with banana leaves. This gives it additional flavor and is cooked over preheated coal.
Once the cake is ready, it is then decorated and topped with a number of toppings like grated cheese, sugar, coconut or other things to add that special and personal taste. Visit the link for a complete recipe of Bibingka
Australia and New Zealand – Pavlova
There is a bitter sweet debate between the neighboring countries as to who is the owner of this traditional recipe. However, history dates this dish to 1926 when the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova visited Australia and New Zealand. Then in 1927, a recipe for jelly-like pavlova appeared in a New Zealand cookbook.
This dish has been found in the recipe books of other countries as well. However, in 2010, the Oxford English Dictionary kind of settled the argument between both countries by listing it as a dish from New Zealand. New Zealand’s pavlova is topped with whipped cream and kiwifruit or summer berries.
Germany – Christstollen
Born in Dresden, Germany, the recipe for this raisin laden cake has been passed down for centuries. Its preparation starts
off and added in citrus and raisins. The duke loved the dessert and asked what was its name; he was told it was “Pan del Toni.” Fast forward to the 1920s, when entrepreneur Angelo Motta founded the food company that would make panettone widely available to everyone, not just powerful dukes.
with a heavy yeast dough that requires ingredients like butter, sweet and bitter almonds, candied orange, and lemon peel. As for its raisins, they get added in right before the cake goes into the oven to keep them firm. When finished baking, the Christstollen is completed with a covering of butter and sugar. While the recipe is followed to a T, each Christstollen still has to pass inspection by the Stollen Association. Upon approval, the Christstollen gets a golden seal of authentication, with a six-digit control number that tracks from which bakery the stollen came from.
France – Bûche de Noël
A cylinder-shaped sponge cake, this Christmas dessert is a nod to the ancient European tradition of burning a Yule log on a hearth to mark the winter solstice and later on the tradition became a part of Christmas celebrations. As for the cake itself, the recipe’s origin seems to date b
ack to the 19th century. The cream-filled cake resembles a cut branch of wood, with its chocolate frosting symbolizing bark and edible decorations reflecting leaves, holly or other parts of nature.
Italy – Panettone
It is one of Italy’s most recognized food exports, panettone originated in Milan. Its full history is not clear though. A popular legend says that in the 15th century, a lavish Christmas cake was to be served at a Christmas Eve feast for the powerful Duke of Milano, Ludovico il Moro. The cake was scorched and, with no time to spare, the desperate pastry chef turned to his young cook, a boy named Toni, to use his pillow-like loaf of bread a
Jamaica – Christmas Cake
This is the house hold cake during Christmas and every household would make their own version of it. Also known as black cake or rum cake, this Christmas dessert is prepared differently in different households. Overall, it’s made with dried fruits such as prunes, raisins, and cherries. These are soaked in rum and port or red wine for a good amount of time. It also includes vanilla, nutmeg, or allspice and is often served with a glass of sorrel, a hibiscus drink.
Hungarian Kifli Cookies
If you haven’t tried kifli cookies, then you are sure in for a treat! I hadn’t had them either until I made this batch Christmas dessert but after hearing stories about how incredible these cookies were, I knew I had to give them a shot. This kifli recipe that been passed down through the family for generations and is actually authentic. I happened to be able to lay my hands on this recipe by chance and this one seems to have been first posted in a Michigan newspaper a few decades back.
Pryaniki is more of an acquired taste. One may not like the it on the first go but will eventually fall in love with it. There’s a lot of Granola, dried raisins and spices that are packed into it. When there’s butter added to the warm molasses and stirred with chewy cinnamon raisin granola, the aroma of that could just set the tone for Christmas. It packs the perfect punch to counter the winter and set the tone for the winter holiday season.