There’s no such thing as Christmas without good food at the table, especially a dessert to enjoy at the end of the meal. Here are some of these delicacies, Italian and not, that are typical this time of year.
In Germany, the star dessert of the Christmas festivities is Stollen, an ancient cousin of Italian panettone, but with a rectangular shape. According to the traditional recipe, the ingredients of this leavened cake include raisins, candied fruit, sweet and bitter almonds, milk and grated lemon peel. There are various versions of this recipe that call for the addition of marzipan, ricotta cheese, red wine, apples, plums or hazelnuts. The secret to enjoying it at its best? Eat it 10-15 days after it's been cooked.
Let's fly to Greece to taste the Melomakarona, typical Christmas sweets that are leavened and have a round or slightly tapered shape, with a citrus flavor thanks to the orange zest and juice present in the dough. Their flavor and aroma are made even more characteristic by the addition of cognac and cinnamon. To finish it all off, it has a delicious glaze made with a syrup of honey, lemon, cinnamon and chopped walnuts!
The last dessert we present, directly from England, is Christmas Pudding. This is an inevitable dessert on English tables at Christmas time. It is made with flour, breadcrumbs, dried and candied fruit, eggs and cognac. A chocolate coin is hidden inside and the person at the table who finds it in his or her portion will be the lucky one of the day!