Each country has its own Christmas tradition. Here in Brazil, for example, we have a bit of everything, since we are a mix of different nationalities. In a single table we usually have, at the same time, pavé, panettone and puddings. All are delicious, but end up being sweets imported from other cultures. The difference is in the Brazilian style that we give to these recipes.
Other parts of the world have very classic and authentic desserts, not always known to people outside the country of origin. So, that’s what we’re going to talk about today! I listed 12 different desserts to get to know a little more about the culture of some places. Curious?
Starting the list with one of our sweet desserts: the pave! Or rather, the trifle. This is the name given by the English for this assembly of biscuits with cream, which we ended up adapting in different ways and naming it as pâté.
There is no record of exactly when the candy came to be called that way, but this is how it is known for England. One of its most striking features is its assembly: originally, on a high transparent platter with fruit decorating the top!
The candy that most appears on the tables of german at Christmas time it is Lebkuchen. With a light, soft and spicy dough, Lebkuchen is like a mixture of gingerbread and gingerbread. This is because the base of the cookie dough is made of ginger, honey and almonds.
In most cases the cookies are also covered in chocolate, making the flavor even more intense. The formats are usually quite varied and, like gingerbread, many people make the candy to give to someone.
One of the best known desserts around the world and that looks like Christmas is B éche de Nöel. Called here in Brazil by “Christmas trunk”, this sweet is characteristic mainly of France It’s from Canada, but it can also be found in Lebanon.
The recipe is like a truffle chocolate roll, so it’s a good one for those who love this ingredient. To prepare the recipe, you must be very delicate, since the sponge cake dough can break and make the rolling process more complicated. If you are interested in seeing the full recipe, just click here 😉
Now we are leaving for the Denmark. There, one of the stars of Christmas is Æbleskiver. The texture of this cookie is reminiscent of a pancake, as it has a firmer dough. However, it ends up being more cuddly and soft.
They are usually served with mulled wine, as this is a colder region and requires dishes that make people warm. Because it is a very simple recipe, anyone can prepare it, adapting the ingredients and preparations eventually 🙂
Pan de pascua
First of all: don’t confuse Pan De Pascua with Colomba Pascal, because they are two different dishes! The pan de pascua is a typical bread from the Chile and that is prepared mainly at Christmas time.
Within the pasta it is very common to find the flavor of various spices, as well as dried fruits and raisins. Honey, ginger and almonds are also incorporated in the recipe. As it is not a very eccentric dessert, it would be easily incorporated into our suppers, right?
Do you have any idea what you would find at a Christmas dinner at Finland? There, Joulutortut is one of the most classic sweets. Its shape is very characteristic and resembles a star or a pinwheel, and the middle is filled with blackberry or plum jelly, for example.
The dough for dessert is made with butter and cream cheese, so it ends up being softer and not so crunchy. The shape may seem difficult to make, but just make the cuts correctly and stick only one of the tips of each triangle formed by the dough.
How about a cake with a very simple dough and a special taste of rum? This is the characteristic dessert of the Caribbean and also in countries like Jamaica and Puerto Rico. His dough can be found either light or dark, depending on the location and the ingredients used. Just like Christmas sweets from Brazil, this is a dessert that is adapted according to the country 😉
I imagine that many of you already know pavlova, right? Here on the website you will find a variety of recipes, such as Christmas pavlova and red fruit. Although this dessert is consumed all year round and in different parts of the world, it is traditionally made in Australia and on New Zealand.
At Christmas time, the production of pavlova in these countries even increases, mainly on the part of families in both regions. Oh, and this is a very refreshing candy for warmer days, since it is usually accompanied by red fruits.
Anyone with a Portuguese family must have probably heard of the king cake. This recipe is full of ingredients and flavors, but the combination of everything results in a wonderful dessert. Dried and crystallized fruits are the hallmark of the cake, being placed not only inside the pastry but also on the topinho of the candy, decorating it.
The dough is usually very delicate and wet, with super aromatic flavors. Because it is a traditional recipe for Portugal, she goes very well with wine. It’s the face of Christmas, isn’t it?
Another typical sweet from France, but also found in Belgium are the cougnou. They are a type of sweet roll, also called Jesus bread. Do you know what’s most interesting? It got its name because its shape resembles the baby Jesus wrapped in cloths, which is why it is so traditional at Christmas time.
The ingredients for preparing the cougnou are quite simple, some of which are flour, eggs, milk, butter and yeast. Some families end up adding raisins to the recipe, but this is not a rule or an essential element.
For those who like tall sweets, Kransekake is the perfect dessert. The two countries that most consume and prepare this recipe are the Denmark and the Norway, and it is done not only for Christmas but also for New Year and other holidays. The basic ingredients of the recipe are ground almonds, powdered sugar, egg whites and flour for sprinkling!
Last but not least, our beloved panettone! This tradition is already so consolidated in Brazil, that in October we already found the candy being sold on the market. Oh, and despite being a success in the country, it actually appeared in Italy.
A very curious fact about the history of the panettone is that it was created without intention, due to a baker’s mistake! Who knew that today the recipe would continue to be enjoyed by thousands of people, right?
What did you think of the Christmas recipes in each place? I can’t even choose which one is my favorite!