There are so many Christmas traditions. Sending a Christmas card to your family and friends or decorating a Christmas tree. But what about traditions surrounding the food? Have you ever wondered what the rest of the world is eating at the Christmas dinner? I have!
Everyone knows the Christmas pudding from England or the lebkuchen from Germany but there are many other traditional Christmas recipes out there. That’s why I explored the internet and made a list of my favourites.
Christmas is right around the corner and it’s about time to bake traditional German Christmas Cake – Stollen. Packed with a delicious mixture of dried and candied fruits, almonds and marzipan, this decadent cake is a true Christmas treat.
Delicious Ensalada de Nochebuena or Christmas Eve Salad is a cheerful salad featuring pomegranates, oranges and beets. Popular on Christmas Eve in Mexico it will add festive flair to your holiday table, but can also be enjoyed year-round for a boost of colour and freshness.
If you visit Greece close to Christmas, you’ll eat far too many of these delicious Christmas honey cookies. Imagine a cross between baklava and an ooey, gooey pecan pie and you’ve got these. I’m addicted!
A classic German cookie, Zimsterne, or cinnamon stars, are a must for your holiday cookie trays. Similar to a macaroon, these chewy cut out cookies are made with almonds, egg whites, sugar, and cinnamon. Plus, they’re gluten and dairy-free.
Trifle is a classic English dessert, with layers of pound cake, Creme Anglais, fresh fruit, and whipped cream. This holiday trifle uses raspberries and poached pears, making it as delicious as it is beautiful.
Serinakaker are Norwegian butter cookies with a soft pillowy texture, decorated with either pearl sugar or slivered almonds. Recipes for serinakaker start with simple with butter, flour and icing sugar, in much the same way as shortbread, but an egg is added to the batter which brings the cookie dough together.
Struffoli are deep-fried balls of dough that are hard on the outside, and soft on the inside, and perfect for serving for dessert. They are also coated in honey to make them even more delicious. They’re like the Italian version of loukoumades, and they’re a staple in Italian households around the holidays, especially at Christmas time.
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