With Christmas less than a week away, the BAKO team thought we would take a moment to appreciate all the delicious traditional bakes that only get enjoyed during this festive time of year.
As many bakers will have experienced, the Christmas pudding is a real labour of love with most being traditional family recipes handed down through generations and soaked in alcohol for up to a month in advance. Known for its dark, dense texture and its distinct aromas it will definitely split opinion as most either love it or hate it.
Typically served after Christmas dinner doused in brandy or rum and flamed, it creates a sensational centrepiece for any table.
Some may say that the mince pie is the most popular seasonal treat enjoyed by many, hot or cold with a dollop of brandy butter. These small buttery pies filled with sweet mincemeat have been a firm favourite for years, but bakers have gradually begun to put their own unique twists on the tradition. From bite size pies, to those topped with sponge instead of pastry, there is an alternative that it sure to impress all your customers.
Why not try creating a Danish pastry inspired, mince pie pastry? Simply spread the mincemeat mixture across a sheet of puff pastry and roll tightly before baking. Slice and decorate with a drizzle of soft icing and sprinkle with chocolate or chopped nuts for some extra texture.
Often prepared months in advance, the Christmas cake is fed regularly with alcohol to build up its famous flavours and aromas whilst keeping the cake moist. The combination of dried fruits, zests, almonds and spices creates its distinguished look and aroma. Commonly decorated with a thick layer of marzipan and white royal icing, there are just some bakes that should remain in their classic form.
A lighter yet still indulgent alternative to Christmas pudding is the classic chocolate yule log. Sure to go down a treat with chocolate lovers and prove a hit with all ages. The combination of delicate sponge and rich chocolate buttercream make this Christmas Yule log as delicious to eat as it is pretty to look at! Covered in more chocolate fondant and decorated to create a log effect, sprinkled with icing sugar, it makes a tempting centrepiece.
Eggnog traditionally made with milk or cream and sugar and eggs, is a unique classic at this time of year. Served warm and typically topped with a sprinkling of cinnamon or nutmeg, for those who love this indulgent treat, cream may be included to make a richer and thicker drink, and for the grown-ups spirits such as brandy, rum or bourbon can also be added. This is another Christmas tradition that will separate your customers’ opinions; Many may prefer the fruity flavours and spices of mulled wine as their chosen festive tipple.
Served warm, mulled wine is a traditional drink enjoyed during the colder winter months either at home or at Christmas markets. Usually made with red wine along with various mulling spices and raisins, it’s not hard to create your own homemade version. Mulled ciders and ales have also become a popular choice, or a mulled apple juice or ginger ale can be provided as a non-alcoholic alternative.
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