It’s the season of sweet treats, joyful gifts and worldwide celebrations as the year draws to a close. This Christmas thankfully is shaping up to be different to last year, with fewer restrictions it’s time to get your family and friends around for some festive cheer.
Obviously, if you are hosting a Christmas get together, it’s important to have snacks and our absolute favourite sweet treats. Even better when they are baked goods, home-baked ones in fact! To get you in the mood, and to offer some yuletide baking inspiration we spoke to Anges de Sucre about their favourite Christmas bakes from around the world. Allowing you to steer from the traditional fruit cakes and yule logs, to experiment with new flavours.
If you’re not familiar with Anges De Sucre, the team makes bold, beautiful and totally bonkers cakes. They offer it all, truly from sculptural artistic cakes to fun, unexpected twists, whatever you can imagine and more! And they know their stuff, the Anges bakery was founded in 2011 by Reshmi Bennett upon her return to London from Paris where she trained under several truly amazing Michelin-starred chefs and learnt the art of baking. Reshmi still works in the bakery on a daily basis where she designs every single cake!
This traditional South Indian delicacy is a sweet and delicious alternative for your Christmas spread. Made from delicious fried dough infused with cardamom and vanilla, these sweet, delectable cookies take their name and their shape from a cast-iron mould with a rounded, flower-like design. Simply make the batter, fry up the cookies (in a similar style to doughnuts) and then finish your cookies with a sprinkle of icing sugar.
Speaking of cookies, these German delights are made from a sweet mix of molasses, anise, pepper and seasonal spices. They should be delightfully chewy and coated in sugar. The Pfeffernuse, although of German origins, is popular with the Scandinavian countries also, trust us, many of these are consumed as they celebrate on the 24th.
These honey cake slices are incredibly delicious. Popular in Slovakia this cake is composed of 4 thin layers of honey flavoured cake slices, filled with a creamy pudding mixture and a layer of jam. Then topped with a chocolate glaze – can’t get any sweeter than that.
This means ‘Kings cake’ and is a huge delicacy in Russian and Ukrainian celebrations. Huge in height and stature, this cake is made from layers all baked separately, so it is quite time consuming, but an impressive one. Each cake layer has 1 cup of sour cream so it turns out very soft and moist, combined with poppy seeds, cocoa and walnuts. It’s a whole new festive flavour.
Now once you’ve decided on your alternative festive treat, I highly recommend a visit to Anges de Sucre for some next level decorating ideas.