Traditional festive bakes

Traditional festive bakes around the globe

The time for giving, spending quality with loved ones and home baking those festive favourites has come again. This is the perfect opportunity to share your own personal recipes from family members passed down through generations — each one being slightly different as they have their own taste preference making traditional festive bakes so much fun!

The British have a passion for Christmas baking that is second to none. Whether it’s mince pies or brandy snaps, many people enjoy the festive treats at this time of year and you will find them all over Great Britain from December until February! Great Britain has many traditions at Christmas time, some hundreds of years old. When it comes to baking you’ll probably always put a smile on someone’s face with a hot mince pie. Mince pies are often left out as a snack for Mr Clause himself on Christmas Eve all around the UK, with a glass of milk, and a carrot for the reindeer.

In parts unknown beyond our shores though not everyone shares these same passions as each culture celebrates their own well-known tradition when celebrating ‘the day after tomorrow’. Here are just five examples: In Japan they eat bamboo shoots covered inmirin (sweetened sake) plus sugar; Egyptians love fried dough balls called ful medames whilst Saudis opt instead for datesfilled cookies known as baklawa – there really isn’t any further explanation needed for these Saudi delights!

The Spanish and French have a love for celebration cakes, specifically galettes des roi. “King’s cake” is an essential part if you want to enjoy these special treats during the Epiphany celebrations on January 6th- it has layers filled with frangipane or almond paste then garnished with glazed fruits which symbolize each kings visit from Jesus bearing gifts after his birth

Germany is known for many things, but one thing that people tend not to expect are their Christmas traditions. With so much history and an extensive culture in this day-to-day industry there still manages some surprises around every corner! For example you’ll find stollen fruit breads at Christmastime alongside other favourites like lebkuchen spice cookies or gingerbread houses made famous worldwide from tales such as Hansel & Gretel.

Gingerbread is one of the most popular festive bakes all over the world as people often love trying new recipes and recreating old ones for family and friends to enjoy. Who doesn’t remember eating gingerbread men as a child?

There are so many different designs of gingerbread men, candy cane patterns and snowmen. It is easy to make them yourself! You can do this for your family’s tradition or share it with friends who might like the idea too.

Christmas cakes have long been a tradition, and making them is relatively simple. It’s a great idea to try and make one with your family so you can spend some quality time baking together in the run-up to Christmas. Finish it off by pouring alcohol on top and lighting the cake on fire so it can burn and you can enjoy the taste of the fruits inside.

When it comes to festive bakes, many of us simply don’t have the time but this shouldn’t stop you from creating fun memories with the kids and grandchildren. If you want a quick solution, buy a cake from a supermarket or bakery and decorate it with icing sugar and other garnishes.

Check out a few cake designs at anges de sucre for some inspiration if you’re struggling for style ideas.

Remember, baking doesnt have to be expensive or to the standard of professional bakers. Its about having fun and creating memories. Nothing quite beats the smell of freshly baked gingerbread men or a Christmas carrot cake baking in the oven. These are all things that add to the warm memory of Christmas.

Can you make your own family traditional bakes at Christmas?

Of course you can, just because there has been ancient traditions of baking, does not mean you can’t create your own and pass it down through your family.

You can find a lot of information on the internet about baking and you will see that there are many programmes, books and just hints and tips from other bakers. It’s amazing to see how people have been baking for years and yet they still want to improve their skills even further. No one is ever happy with themselves! This goes for chefs as much as home bakers.

One thing we should mention here is to make sure you use the correct ingredients because this could be disastrous if not done correctly or using substitutes which might not work as well as intended, such as gluten free flour (obviously not made from wheat but it has side effects like making your cakes harder etc). However if you feel confident enough then go ahead and try it out.

The best thing about baking in the home is to enjoy it with your family and friends, you can all relax and chat whilst decorating the cakes together like professionals (or not). It’s really up to you!

 

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