Christmas Treats From Around the World


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[/su_brhrbr]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?

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!

We believe Christmas recipes should be enjoyed by everyone around the world, no matter what the season, temperature, or side of the globe — we’ll still take that Christmas cake recipe, thank you! In fact, perhaps it’s because we’re so far away from the more traditional wintery European-type celebrations that we appreciate white Christmas recipes so much — as a special treat once a year that is completely inconsistent with the weather and our way of eating.

But, Australians have adapted our own Christmas recipes over the years to incorporate that iconic and indispensable culinary appliance of ours — the barbecue. We love to substitute this cooking method, well suited to our scorching summers, with roasting and other slower cooking methods. Not only is it a more social way to cook, but also great for seafood and other Christmas recipes that form part of our unique version of a Christmas spread.

You’ll find all sorts of Christmas treat recipes here, both hot and cold, traditional and contemporary, to help avoid those last-minute Christmas dinner panic attacks.

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Frankfurter Bethmännchen – A Christmas pastry : Bethmännchen (German for “a little Bethmann”)  is a pastry made from marzipan with almond, icing sugar, rosewater, flour and egg. It is a traditional cookie usually baked for Christmas Day and is widely available in chocolate shops around Frankfurt.

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Spanish Christmas Cookies from Andalucia : A pestiño is a Christmas or Holy Week pastry that is popular in Andalusia and other regions of Southern Spain. It is a piece of dough, deep fried in olive oil and glazed with honey or sugar.

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BunueloBuñuelo : A Buñuelo 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. It is also an “essential” dish in Mexican cuisine.

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