A traditional Christmas pudding, a must-have in Great Britain, dates back to medieval England. Christmas pudding, as we know it, dates back to the Victorian era. It is made of eggs, nuts, raisins, rum, lemons, plums, bread crumbs, molasses and several spices, but it has to be prepared four or five weeks before Christmas.
If you want to add a bit of variation to our Czech Christmas, Bibingka is the right luxury choice. It is essentially a rice cake, traditionally served at Christmas in the Philippines for breakfast, as well as a dessert. It tastes slightly sweet and is best eaten while hot. It is made mainly from rice flour and coconut milk. In the Philippines you can usually see it being sold outside of churches in the days before Christmas.
In Germany it would not be a real Christmas without eating this desert, but we're bringing you something even better. Lebkuchen has become a symbol of Christmas. The usual ingredients include honey, spices and nuts and the taste may range from sweet to spicy. It could be likened to gingerbread. It is said that this German Christmas speciality was originally invented by monks in the 13th century.
During the Christmas season in Hungary it would be impossible not to nibble away at the incredibly good Szaloncukory. These chocolate-covered bonbon sweets are very addictive. Traditionally the brightly wrapped sweets are hung as luxury decorations on the Christmas tree. This beautiful custom dates back to the 19th century and it is generally recognised rule that children can take off these sweets during the Christmas period. They come in different flavours, such as vanilla, strawberry, hazelnuts and coconuts, everyone will find their favourite.
Vaniljekranse can be translated as "vanilla wreaths". This delicious baking product is common in Denmark, but you may be surprised that it is known also in the Dominican Republic. With the simple vanilla flavour and slightly sharp aroma these sweets are sure to put a smile on your face.
Bûche De Noël is a very popular Christmas dessert in France, Quebec and other former French colonies. The cake itself comes from the 19th century, but until the first half of the twentieth century it was not popular at all. Its look can be likened to a sponge roll.
Buccellato is a Sicilian cake in the shape of a circle, filled up to the bursting point by dried figs, raisins, candied fruit, nuts and chocolate and decorated by candied cherries and pistachios. Did that awake your taste buds?
Christmas bread is eaten and is a traditionally known recipe from Austria from the South Tyrol region and south Germany. It is baked with a lot of nuts and dried fruit.
Interesting looking Christmas sweet of green colour is at first sight a little strange, but it may taste great. It is a lightweight, airy and sweet pudding.
It is very difficult to mention only one, the best Czech sweets, when we have so many excellent ones (´bear paws´, vanilla rolls, ´wasp nests´)! I personally like shortbread the best. Without that I cannot imagine Christmas at all.
Which one wins in your case?