It’s that time of year again, a time for fun, laughter, and (you guessed it) sweet festive desserts that will help us pack on the pounds during this delicious month or so of festivities.
Festive desserts vary from region to region, and country to country. With that said, even if you don’t know the difference between gelato and ice cream you’ll most certainly know all the lucky entrances in this list, and if you’d forgotten about a couple since last year, hopefully this will serve as a fitting reminder for you to get back into the kitchen and serve up all the sweetness that the magic of the season has to offer. Here are our top five festive desserts (unordered):
1) Mince Pies
Mince pies are a favorite around the the world, but especially so in the UK where these tiny pies were first created.
Though called ‘mince’ pies, the pies no longer contain meat, instead having a savory fruit-based filling filled with raisins and other dried fruits – a fact that can cause confusion to those eating their very first mince pie. Both delicious to eat and incredibly easy to make, even if you haven’t made one since you were in school, so long as you can follow basic instructions you’ll be able to make some of the recipes listed here in order to offer this delicious festive dessert to your friends and family at any time of the day.
2) Christmas Pudding
First served in medieval England, Christmas pudding is often know as plum pudding despite the fact that no plums are (or have ever been) a part of a Christmas pudding recipe. The reason for the confusion is due to the fact that the pre-Victorian use of the word ‘plums’ refereed to what we call raisins nowadays – the main dried fruit element of the pudding.
Often eaten directly after a Christmas dinner as the main dessert item on offer, it’s tradition for a Christmas pudding to be covered in a strong brandy once uncovered on the dining table, before being set alight for a few seconds, in a spectacle that’s also said to add flavour and warmth to the Christmas pudding once you eventually eat it.
3) Peppermint Candy Canes
Not a dessert as such, but delicious all the same.
Whether you hang your peppermint candy canes on your Christmas tree for your kids (and occasionally yourself) to snack on during the festive period, or you wrap them up as gifts for your kids to uncover on Christmas day, it’s fair to say that the festive season wouldn’t be complete without that delicious peppermint taste that we’ve all come to know and love.
4) Apple Strudel
Despite the flair in which Christmas pudding is presented after a main Christmas dinner, some people simply don’t like it, meaning they have to look into other options as their go-to festive dessert, with the apple strudel often making an appearance in this category. If you’re making your strudel from scratch, make it even better this year by making it with fresh, sustainable apples. When it comes to making the perfect apple strudel, the fresher the ingredients the better.
5) Christmas Cake
Ah Christmas cake, the delicious festive dessert that’s suspiciously similar to wedding cake, but hey – who are we to complain, the more often we get to eat it the better.
Exact Christmas cake recipe vary from country to country (and of course, kitchen to kitchen) so it’s hard to give a general overview here, however needless to the taste is what makes Christmas cake so popular at this time of the year with both the older and younger generations alike – and especially among those who aren’t particularly fond of Christmas pudding or more savoury alternatives, such as strudel.
In conclusion, festive desserts vary from region to region, and country to country, but nothing will serve as a fitting reminder for you to get back into the kitchen and serve up all the sweetness that the magic of the season has to offer more than some delicious mince pies, Christmas pudding, peppermint candy canes, apple strudel, and Christmas cake.
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