France - Bûche de Noël
Bûche de Noël - Yule Log is a traditional type of cake served for Christmas in France. The way of preparation and presentation is to make it look like a log ready for the fire. It's a sponge cake rolled in a cylinder shape filled with chocolate buttercream. Get the recipe here!
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Germany - Stollen
Stollen - a loaf-shaped cake containing dried fruit is covered with sugar or powdered sugar. It's made of yeast, water and flour. Then you add candied orange peel and citrus, raisins, almonds and winter spices. The most famous Stollen is still the Dresdner Stollen sold at the local Christmas markets, Striezelmarkt. Find the recipe here!
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Spain - Turrón
Turrón, or Nougat is the essential Christmas sweet in Spain. There are many varieties but the most popular ones are Jijona - the softer variety and Alicante - hard nougat. It's made of honey, sugar, and egg white, with toasted almonds or other nuts and shaped into a rectangular tablet. Find the recipe here!
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Italy - Panettone
Panettone is a type of sweet bread loaf originally from Milan and has its origins in Milan around the 15th century. It's usually 2-15 cm high and weighs up to 1 kg. When I tried it for the first time, my mum served it with a mascarpone cheese filling - it was amazing! Get the recipe here!
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Sweden - Lussekatter
Lussekatter or Lussebullar - saffron buns are made of yeast dough, flavoured with saffron and cinnamon with added raisins or currants. They are traditional fare on Santa Lucia day on 13th of December. Traditionally the buns are in a reversed S-shape. Find the recipe here!
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England - Trifle
Trifle is a traditional English Christmas dessert. It's made with layers of custard, fruit and sponge cake topped with whipped cream. It had its days of glory in the 70s but still it's on every table in England on the 25th of December. It's light and fresh - not very Christmassy but at least it's really easy to make :) Get the recipe here!
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Poland - Makowiec
Makowiec - poppy seed cake is a roll of sweet yeast bread with a filling of poppy seeds mixed with honey, raisins, nuts and orange zest. Find the recipe here!
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Sweet dreams this Christmas :)