It’s fair to say some of our classic Christmas recipes are certainly some of the best. From delicately spiced mince pies and crumbly panettone to rich yule logs, our festive dishes are one of the reasons so many of us look forward to the festive season.
However, if you fancy doing something a little different this year, why not give a few of our favourite festive classics a modern twist? From delicious baked mashups to wonderful reinventions, here are five modern interpretations of our favourite Christmas treats that will certainly get your customers talking!
1. Viennese whirl mince pies
A delicious mashup of two of our much-loved sweet treats, why not try topping this classic festive snack with a Viennese whirl this year? Wonderfully soft and crumbly, Viennese whirls are made with very soft butter and icing sugar to create that delicious melt-in-the-mouth texture. Swap your usual sweet shortcrust pastry mince pie lid for a Viennese whirl biscuit and serve!
2. Gluten-free yule log
If you’re looking to cater for a wider range of customers this Christmas, this gluten-free yule log is a great option. Swapping the traditional chocolate sponge for a rich, chocolate meringue, this quirky interpretation of the yule log contains a creamy chocolate filling and is decorated with a few sprigs of chocolate holly – what’s not to love?
3. Coffee and maple panettone
Why not trade your traditional, zesty panettone for something a little more modern this Christmas? Combine coffee essence, maple syrup and vanilla for a rich, flavoursome panettone which is sure to be a crowd pleaser! Top with sugar crystals and serve with a generous helping of vanilla custard.
4. Gingerbread layer cake
If classic Christmas cake isn’t popular with your customers, gingerbread layer cake with maple icing is a brilliant seasonal alternative. Spice the rich, treacle sponges with cinnamon, ginger, all spice and nutmeg, as well as throwing in the zest of a lemon. Once the sponges are baked, cover with the delicious maple and cream cheese icing, then finish with desiccated coconut and gingerbread decorations.
Want to decorate your cake with your own gingerbread decorations? Check out our top tips for making a spectacular gingerbread house.
5. Malteser Christmas pudding
Not matter if traditional Christmas pudding isn’t your cup of tea, or you didn’t get around to making one this year, this Malteser chocolate cake Christmas pudding alternative is a great swap. Bake your usual chocolate cake, separate the layers with vanilla buttercream and shape into a dome. Coat your cake in a dark chocolate ganache, then cover entirely in Maltesers and finish with white chocolate to complete the effect!
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