7 Festive Treats From Around The World You Can Easily Make At Home


Ili •  Dec 24, 2020

We're at the end of the year which means the holiday season is upon us! And for us foodies, there's nothing better than getting the chance to enjoy all the wonderful snacks and desserts that come during this time. Since many of us have been experimenting with different recipes at home for the past 12 months - thanks to the pandemic - why not wrap up the year by making festive treats from around the world? If you're up for it, then let's get started!

1. Trifle

If you're a hardcore fan of the hit television sitcom 'Friends', then you'll definitely be familiar with the English trifle. But unlike Rachel, make sure to do it the right way by using fresh berries, sponge cake and custard. It's a simple layer-by-layer step process, giving you a fuss-free dessert that'll be convenient to make during the festive season when you're busy with everything else! Trifles are no doubt one of the easiest things to can make at home and you can start with this easy classic trifle recipe by the Sweetest Menu.

P.S. Add another English treat to your table with this Victoria sandwich cake recipe!

2. Yule log

Also known as a Bûche de Noël, a Yule log is a traditional Christmas cake made to resemble...a log! You'll typically see this dessert being served in countries like France, Belgium and Switzerland. Starting with a chocolate sponge cake that's filled with mascarpone whip cream, it's then rolled and covered with whipped chocolate ganache. Topped with fun garnishes such as rosemary and cranberry, the exterior is lightly carved to create the texture of a wooden log. Get started on your Yule log cake with this easy recipe from Life, Love and Sugar!

3. Struffoli

As the holiday season is approaching, nothing could be more perfect than making struffoli - a traditional Italian dessert made during Christmas or Easter. These Italian honey balls make for the perfect festive addition or even a sweet treat to enjoy at the end of any meal. Deep fried until golden brown, indulging these crunchy, marble-sized doughnuts is one guilty pleasure we definitely won't mind. Jump into this easy recipe by Wishes and Dishes and get to baking!

P.S. Treat yourself to these 8 easy and halal doughnut recipes from around the world

4. Panettone

Another popular Italian dessert commonly served during Christmas time is panettone. This sweet bread is a pillow-like treat that has bits of dried fruit spread throughout the loaf. One slice of this is enough to make you crave for more and while it's not the easiest thing to make, why not challenge yourself and impress family and friends this holiday? If you're up for it, this recipe by King Arthur Baking will help you kick off your panettone journey.

P.S. Can't get enough of bread? Try out these 6 easy bread recipes from around the world

5. Bibingka

Hailing from Indonesia and Philippines, bibingka is a rice flour cake that is often prepared for Christmas. It's traditionally cooked in a clay pot oven lined with banana leaves but can also be prepared with regular cake pans and tin molds. The sweet, spongy cake usually gets dressed with toppings like grated cheese, butter, coconut and even duck eggs! So if you're up for making this sweet-savoury treat for the festive season, go ahead and check out Panlasang Pinoy's recipe.

6. Pavlova

Pavlova is a dessert that's simply beautiful to behold. It originates from Australia or New Zealand and was named in honour of the famous Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova! Made with egg whites that are whipped up into a meringue, it's known for its crispy exterior and a soft, marshmallow-like interior. Topped with whipped cream and fresh fruit, it's a sweet treat that's perfect for a special occasion. Best of all, it's deceptively easy to make (especially if you have a mixer), with a short and simple ingredient list. Don't believe us? Then check out this easy and halal recipe we have for you!

7. Shortbread

While the traditional shortbread from Scotland is made all-year round, it's best enjoyed during the holidays. A bite into these crumbly, buttery cookies will render you speechless and when you pair it with a hot cup of tea, you've got yourself the perfect evening treat at home. Making shortbread isn't hard at all and should definitely be at the top of your list if you're looking for something quick, easy and delicious to make. With Preppy Kitchen's recipe, you're one step closer to indulging and sharing them with family and friends.

With this list of festive treats, it's time to jazz up your holiday sweets and have a delicious time with family and friends!

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