If you ask us, Christmas food is the best kind of food. From big roast Christmas dinners to eggnog and Christmas pudding, it’s a wonderful time to indulge in your favourite festive treats and cook and bake seasonal recipes. Christmas is celebrated differently around the world, with many various traditions across the holiday period. This includes lots of different and delicious desserts. So, if you want to get creative this Christmas, we have compiled a list of our favourite desserts from different countries so you can try something new this year.
Bûche de Noël, France: Often known as a Yule Log in England, this is a traditional French Christmas cake. Designed to resemble the Yule Log in European winter tradition, this roulade genoise sponge cake is rolled to form a cylinder, covered with forked chocolate icing and powdered sugar to resemble the bark and snow. It’s been a classic Christmas chocolate dessert for hundreds of years.
We recommend this delicious recipe from Paul Hollywood.
Stollen, Germany: Back in the 16th century, Stollen was created as a savoury Christmas bread. Over the centuries, the bread has transformed from simple to sweet with nuts, spices, candied fruit and marzipan and it’s now a delicious festive treat.
Follow this authentic recipe to create your own.
Panettone, Italy: Originally from Milan, Panettone is a fluffy sweet bread, made into a dome-shaped cake and filled with candied orange, lemon zest and raisins, usually served with mascarpone cream.
This recipe is perfect for creating a light texture and a rich taste.
Paklava, Armenia: A quintessential dessert for celebrations, Paklava is a beautiful dessert with crisp, buttery filo pastry layers filled with chopped walnuts and cinnamon spice. It’s a classic dessert at Christmas and definitely one of our favourite treats.
See our favourite recipe here.
Caribbean Black Cake: This rum-soaked festive fruit cake is perfect for those looking for new baking recipes to try this Christmas. It has a deep, boozy, rich flavour and a gorgeous texture. Its warming, festive flavour makes it the perfect winter cake.
Find out how to make it here.