There is no bad weather for chocolate. In the summer heat, it refreshes us in the form of ice cream and popsicles, and during the winter, it warms us up in fondues and as a drink.
The whole world loves chocolate. Therefore, when December arrives, he is also present in the main celebrations. Here are some holiday delights where chocolate steals the show.
1. Bûche de Nöel
Similar to our swiss roll, Bûche de Nöel is served during the month of December in France and in regions with French influence such as Belgium, Lebanon and Quebec (Canada).
The traditional version of the sweet consists of a génoise (white sponge cake) stuffed with chocolate buttercream and covered with ganache. Its decoration imitates a piece of tree trunk, which helps to decorate the Christmas table.
Photo: Paulo Cuenca – CLICK HERE to check the recipe!
2. Basler Brunsli
Known as the “Swiss brownie”, this chocolate and almond cookie cannot be missed in the country’s Christmas dinner. The mixture of powdered chocolate, almond flour, sugar, egg whites, cinnamon and cloves results in soft and very “chocolatudos” cookies.
If you, like me, can’t pronounce the name of this candy, better call it “chocolate chip cookie and corn flakes”.
The recipe, traditional from Iceland and popular during the holidays, is very easy to make and only takes meringue, chocolate and corn flakes.
4. Lebkuchen chocolate
Lebkuchen Chocolate recipe is traditional from Germany. The dough of this cookie contains all the spices and oilseeds that are so used at Christmas time. Its great differential is the final chocolate bath.
5. Chocolate Caliente Navideño
In Peru, hot chocolate is especially consumed during December. The drink takes cinnamon and a large amount of chocolate. In some parts of the country, churches collect donations to prepare the drink and distribute it to those most in need along with a slice of panettone.
6. Decadent Trifle
More than just a dessert, the Decadent Trifle is a centerpiece. The candy is made in layers and served in large transparent bowls. Due to its vibrant colors, the dish never goes unnoticed.
This delight is believed to be over 300 years old, making its presence felt in English cookbooks. Recent and most popular versions during the American holiday season include ginger cake (a kind of honey bread), fruit, whipped cream and, of course, chocolate! In Brazil, this wonder is known as pavé:
Click here to check the recipe – Photo: Paulo Cuenca
Parrozzo, a cookie in the shape of a half sphere, is consumed mainly during the month of December in the Abruzzo region, in Italy. Made with wheat and almond flour, the dessert is coated with dark chocolate.
8. Panettone stuffed with brigadeiro
In this list, we could not miss our delicious stuffed panettone. Despite being an adaptation of italian panettone, this invention of putting brigadeiro or truffle inside sweet bread and covering with chocolate is ours! And, let’s agree, it’s a hell of a lot upgrade in the original version!
Click here to check the recipe for this delicious chocottone – if you want, feel free to enjoy each piece with a generous portion of brigadeiro! – Photo: Paulo Cuenca
Tell us: does your New Year’s Eve dinner also involve chocolate? What does your family usually do during these festivities?
I take this opportunity to wish you some chocolate-filled parties and a sweet 2017!