Vegan Bûche de Noël

  Preparation time: 30 minutes Cooking time: 11 minutes Serves: 10 Difficulty: Moderate A Bûche de Noël, or Yule Log, is a French chocolatey Christmas cake. It consists of a sponge, which is rolled up into a log, smeared with chocolate buttercream ‘bark’ and adorned with edible decorations, so it looks just like a realContinue reading “Vegan Bûche de Noël”

Kerststol

Kerststol is a Dutch sweet bread which contains dried fruit, nuts, citrus and almond paste. It’s very similar to the German Stollen and is eaten during the Christmas period. Preparation time: 50 minutes Total time needed for soaking/rising: 24 hours Cooking time: 30 minutes Serves: 20 or more Difficulty: Moderate Ingredients For the almond paste:Continue reading “Kerststol”

Rødkål

Rødkål is braised red cabbage which is served as an accompaniment to roast meats. It’s eaten in the Nordic countries- Denmark, Norway and Sweden- all year round, but is particularly popular at Christmas. Preparation time: 5 minutes Cooking time: 65 minutes Serves: 10 (as a side) Difficulty: Easy Ingredients 1kg/35 oz/a moderately large head ofContinue reading “Rødkål”

Panettone

Panettone is a traditional fruity sweet bread originally from Milan, which is popular at Christmas and New Year in Italy and worldwide. Preparation time: 2 hours Rising time: 3 days Cooking time: 50 minutes Serves: 15 Difficulty: Difficult Ingredients For the starter: 70ml/⅕ pt/¼ cup of warm milk 7g/¼ oz/2 teaspoons of dried yeast 100g/3½Continue reading “Panettone”

Mince Pies

Mince Pies are sweet, spiced and boozy fruit pies of English origin, and are traditionally eaten throughout the Christmas period. Preparation time: 90 minutes Soaking time: At least 4 hours Cooking time: 20 minutes Serves: 12 Difficulty: Moderate Ingredients For the mincemeat: 250g/9 oz/1⅔ cups of raisins 375g/13 oz/2 cups of currants 100ml/1dl/⅕ pt/just under ½ cupContinue reading “Mince Pies”

Imbuljuta tal-Qastan

Imbuljuta tal-Qastan is a traditional Maltese hot chocolate, which is flavoured with quintessentially Chistmassy ingredients and served after Midnight Mass and on New Year’s Eve. Preparation time: 5 minutes Soaking time: 8 hours Cooking time: 60 minutes Serves: 4 Difficulty: Easy Ingredients 400g/14 oz/2 cups of peeled dried chestnuts 200g/8 oz/1 cup of sugar 100g/3½Continue reading “Imbuljuta tal-Qastan”

Nürnberger Lebkuchen

These traditional Bavarian Lebkuchen are easy to make and perfect for Christmas! Preparation time: 40 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes Makes: Approx. 15 biscuits Difficulty: Moderate Special Equipment Two large baking trays Baking paper A pencil A 7cm cup, ramekin or cookie cutter A large mixing bowl A wooden spoon A sieve A couple ofContinue reading “Nürnberger Lebkuchen”