Have you kept yourself away from sweets all this while? But now with the year nearing its end, it certainly calls for a celebration. And what better time than Christmas! Yes, this is the time of the year when you should rather keep the weighing scale away and let your platter be filled with the choicest of things you have been craving for.
Spoil yourself and your loved ones with these scrumptious desserts this Christmas:
A confection, typically made of honey, sugar, and egg white, with toasted almonds or other nuts, and usually shaped into either a rectangular tablet or a round cake. It is frequently consumed as a traditional Christmas dessert in Spain.
Trifle is an English dessert dish made from thick (or often solidified) custard, fruit, sponge cake (often soaked in sherry or other fortified wine), fruit juice or jelly, and whipped cream. These ingredients are usually arranged in a few layers.
Brazil Nut Cake
A heavy cake that uses several dried fruits as well as the Brazil nuts. This traditional fruitcake pleases
even people with fruitcake prejudices. Make it at least one month ahead to allow the cake to steep in rich flavours before icing.
A type of small pastry tart highly regarded in Canadian cuisine and considered one of Canada's quintessential desserts. The tart consists of butter, sugar, syrup, and egg filled into a flaky pastry and baked until the filling is semi-solid with a crunchy top.
Stollen is a fruit cake containing dried fruit and often marzipan and covered with sugar, powdered sugar or icing sugar. The cake is usually made with chopped candied fruit and/or dried fruit, nuts and spices. Stollen is a traditional German cake, usually eaten during the Christmas season, when it is called Christstollen.
Struffoli is a Neapolitan dish made of deep fried balls of dough about the size of marbles. Crunchy on the outside and light inside, struffoli are mixed with honey and other sweet ingredients. There are many different ways to dress them, but the traditional way is to mix them in honey with diavulilli (nonpareils sprinkles), cinnamon, and bits of orange rind.
Multekrem is a traditional Norwegian dessert, made by mixing cloud-berries with whipped cream and sugar. The cloud-berries can be served as-is or heated. It is common to serve the Multekrem with Krumkake or Kransekake. It is a traditional Norwegian Christmas dinner dessert.
Poppy seed roll
Commonly eaten during Christmas and Easter, the poppy seed roll is a pastry consisting of a roll of sweet yeast bread with a dense, rich, bittersweet filling of poppy seed. An alternative filling is a paste of minced walnuts, making it a walnut roll. It is popular in parts of Central Europe, Eastern Europe, and Israel.
Don't go by the name; it is a highly important part of the occasion! Kutia is a sweet grain pudding, traditionally served in Ukraine, Belarus and some parts of Poland. Kutia is often the first dish in the traditional twelve-dish Christmas Eve supper (also known as Svyatah Vecherya). It is rarely served at other times of the year.
Shaped like a frustum with an 8 pointed-star section, Pandoro is a traditional Italian sweet yeast bread, most popular around Christmas and New Year. It is often served dusted with vanilla scented icing sugar made to resemble the snowy peaks of the Italian Alps during Christmas.
To suit the taste buds, it sometimes calls for Pandoro to have a hole cut into its bottom and a part of the soft interior to be removed, the cavity is then filled with chantilly cream or vanilla gelato. Cream or gelato can be served as a garnish to pandoro slices.
Knäck is a traditional Swedish toffee prepared at Christmas. The name translates into 'break' and refers to its hard consistency. Some prefer their knack to be soft and chewy, which is easily attainable by simmering the mix for a shorter time.
Served near Christmas,especially in France, Yule log is a traditional dessert. It is made from a sponge cake, generally baked in a large, shallow Swiss roll pan, frosted, rolled to form a cylinder, and frosted again on the outside. The most common combination is a basic yellow sponge cake, frosted and filled with chocolate butter cream.
They are often served with a portion of one end of the cake cut off and set on top of the cake or protruding from its side to resemble a chopped off branch, and bark-like texture is often produced in the butter-cream.
An apple pie is a fruit pie (or tart) in which the principal filling ingredient is apple. It is sometimes served with whipped cream or ice cream on top, or alongside cheddar cheese. Pastry is generally used top-and-bottom, making it a double-crust pie, the upper crust of which may be a circular shaped crust or a pastry lattice woven of strips; exceptions are deep-dish apple pie with a top crust only, and open-face Tarte Tatin.
And making the occasion extra special, you must not let go the Christmas pudding at dinner. The pudding is composed of many dried fruits held together by egg and suet, sometimes moistened by treacle or molasses and flavoured with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, and other spices. The pudding is aged for a month or even a year; the high alcohol content of the pudding prevents it from spoiling during this time.