Xmas

Just because on December 25 we gather our umbrellas and towels and head down to the beach to make sand castles instead of snow angels, doesn't mean that we can't partake in the culinary traditions that signal for people elsewhere in the world a winter of festive feasting. And just because we pop our hats and sunscreen on and head to the cricket on Boxing Day also doesn't mean that we can't come home to the delicious leftovers of a rich, homemade Christmas pudding recipe!

Banket – Dutch Almond Pastry

Banket or letterbanket is a sweet pastry that originated in the Netherlands and is popular in the Christmas season, especially on Saint Nicholas’ eve, 5 December.

Banket is made by rolling pastry dough around an almond paste filling and then baking it. The log is then cut into short lengths for serving, hot or cold. It can also be frozen and enjoyed after the holiday season.

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Bibikkan – Sri Lankan Coconut Cake

The queen of Christmas coconut treats is undoubtedly bibikkan, a rich, dark moist cake made of shredded coconut, jaggery and semolina that drives the sweet tooth wild. Bibikkan takes pride of place alongside other loved seasonal preparations such as Dutch Breudher and Poffertjes.

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Brandy Butter

Brandy butter and rum butter are particularly associated with the Christmas and New Year season and Christmas pudding and warm mince pies, serving as a seasonal alternative to cream, ice cream or custard.

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Bread Sauce

A warm or cold sauce thickened with bread. It is a savoury sauce served with a main meal.

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Brúnaðar Kartöflur – Caramelised Potatoes

A classic side dish in Iceland, these butter-and-sugar-glazed potatoes are ubiquitous on many Icelandic Christmastime tables and are traditionally considered a delightful addition to a roasted shoulder of lamb.

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Buñuelos

A Buñuelo is a fried dough ball. It is a popular snack in Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Spain, Peru, Turkey, Greece, Morocco, and is a tradition at Christmas, Ramadan and among Sephardic Jews at Hanukkah. It will usually have a filling or a topping.

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Christmas Cherry Muffins

Fresh cherries are added to this muffin mix then topped after baking with a creamy icing and decorated with glaced cherries.

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Christmas Treats From Around the World

No matter what time of year, it’s never too early to start planning your Christmas recipes. Perhaps you want to try something new, or maybe you’re spending it at someone else’s home and have been asked to bring a plate of something, but what? Starting to feel the onset of Christmas dinner panic?

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Christopsomo – Greek Christmas Spice Bread

These sweet breads are eaten at Christmas in Greece. Zakynthian Christopsomo or Christmas bread has been compared to the Italian “panettone”, which it also resembles in appearance. The Ithacan kouloura is made of the same dough but in the shape of a large ring.

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Countdown to Christmas Lunch

The countdown to Christmas is almost at the end on Christmas Day but there’s one last hurdle – the Christmas lunch itself. Planning is key to the success of Christmas day and here’s a simple hour by hour Christmas cooking planner to help you on your way.

Christmas Time Planner Christmas Day   7.00am Take the …

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Festive Season Staff Parties – Don’t Be A Silly Season Tragic

The perils and pitfalls of staff Christmas parties can be avoided to ensure the Festive Season doesn’t turn into the “Silly Season” this year

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Frankfurter Bethmännchen – A Christmas pastry

Originally baked by the Bethelmann family in Frankfurt, these little guys are now a special holiday treat everywhere!

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Kutia – Slavic Christmas Poppy Seed Dessert

A Slavic Christmas concoction of poppy seeds, honey, wheat, nuts and fruit was consumed on the longest night of the year, during a ritual to remember family ancestors. The dish has survived for millennia and has been adopted as part of the Christian Christmas Eve tradition.

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Makówki – Silesian Poppy Seed Bread Pudding

A traditional poppy seed-based dessert from Central Europe. It is most notable in Silesia, where it is served almost exclusively on Christmas Eve (and perhaps on the following days, as long as the supply prepared for Christmas lasts).

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Mixed Berry and Coconut Pavlova

With a crisp meringue outside and a soft marshmallow inside, pavlova is an iconic Aussie favourite. In this recipe we have upped the ante with the inclusion of coconut.

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