Christmas Desserts Around the World!

The holiday season! That time of year when we forget all the exercise, diets, calories, and bikini at beach vacation time … This is the time of year we cannot live without the Christmas desserts.

Last year we posted some sweet suggestions (See Post) but there are so many options that we decided to give further suggestions for you to fall into temptation:

Christmas pudding (United Kingdom)

Christmas pudding by James Petts

Christmas Pudding is a type of pudding which originates from Medieval England and is traditionally served as part of Christmas dinner in the UK. The pudding is composed of dried fruits held together by eggs and suet, sometimes moistened with molasses and flavored with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves,ginger and other spices. Pudding is usually aged for a month or even a year; the high alcohol content of the pudding prevents it from spoiling during this time.

Gulab Jamun (India)

Gulab jamun is a sweet originating in northern India and is made mainly from milk solids, traditionally from Khoya, which is milk reduced to the consistency of a soft dough and sometimes decorated with almond flakes to enhance flavor.

Bibingka (Phillipines)

Bibingka is a spongy rice cake typically served at Christmas time in the Philippines. It has a sweet taste and is supposed to be eaten hot. Made mainly with rice flour and coconut milk, it is the variety of toppings that make bibingka a sweet treat.

Linzer Cookies (Austria)

The Linzer Cookies are the favorites among many families during the season festivities. Traditionally made with fruit filling, these biscuits present raspberry jam, interspersed between two butterscotch cakes, sprinkled with icing sugar.

Bolo Rei (Portugal)

Bolo Rei by Jose Gonçalves

Bolo-rei is a traditional Portuguese cake, usually consumed between the Christmas period and the Epiphany (Portuguese Day of Kings) on January 6th. It is a basic dessert in any Portuguese house during the holidays. It is a round cake with a hole in the center and covered with candied and dried fruits, resembling a royal crown. Hidden in the cake is also a dried broad bean, dictating tradition that whoever finds it will have to pay for the cake of the following year.

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