European Baked Goods for Christmas

December 25, 2012 Food

This year we baked three traditional European treats for Christmas: Bûche de Noël (France), Stollen (German), and Panettone (Italy). Here are the recipes and some pictures. Yeah, I’m already planning some long runs to help offset the ill effects of the butter and sugar!

  • Bûche de Noël. Bûche de Noël is a traditional dessert served near Christmas in France and several other francophone countries and former French colonies. It can be considered a type of sweet roulade.
  • Panettone. Panettone is a type of sweet bread loaf originally from Milan. It is usually prepared and enjoyed for Christmas and New Year in Italy, southeastern France, Brazil, Peru, Malta, Germany and Switzerland, and is one of the symbols of the city of Milan. In South America, especially in Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru and Chile, it is a Christmas dinner staple and in some places replaces roscón de reyes/bolo rei (King cake).
  • Stollen. A Stollen is a fruit cake containing dried fruit and often marzipan and covered with sugar, powdered sugar or icing sugar. The cake is usually made with chopped candied fruit and/or dried fruit, nuts and spices. Stollen is a traditional German cake, usually eaten during the Christmas season, when called Weihnachtsstollen or Christstollen.
A picture of a Bûche de Noël

Bûche de Noël

A picture of Panettone


A picture of Stollen


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