5 Christmas Favorites from Around the World

Explore the world from the comfort of your own kitchen with these five tasty ways to celebrate Christmas.

  • Linzertorte
    Howard L. Puckett


    Named for Linz, Austria, the linzertorte is the oldest pastry in the world, dating back to at least 1653. This version features rich almond flavor and a blackberry jam filling. Frohe Weihnachten! Merry Christmas!
  • Bûche de Noël

    Bûche de Noël

    Bûche de noël is the traditional French Christmas cake. Slather a freshly baked sheet cake with chocolate buttercream frosting, then carefully roll it up into a log shape and cover with more frosting. Sprinkle with crushed pistachios (meant to look like moss) and decorate the cake with "mushrooms" made from meringue. Joyeaux Noel!
  • Mini Cranberry Panettones
    Randy Mayor

    Mini Cranberry Panettones

    This Italian sweet bread originally hails from Milan and is a Christmas favorite. A yeast-based dough is brightened with fresh flavors from orange rind, dried cranberries, and crystallized ginger. Baked in muffins tins, these little wonders are easy to serve and a great excuse to have seconds. Buone Feste Natalizie!
  • Julekage (Danish Christmas Fruit Loaf)
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner


    This fruit loaf is a Christmas classic in Scandanavia. It's packed with almonds, raisins, and candied citrus rind for a festive flavor explosion. Top it all off with a powdered sugar glaze and you'll be ready to celebrate the season like a true Dane. Glaedelig Jul!
  • Standing Rib Roast with Madeira Sauce and Herbed Yorkshire Puddings
    Randy Mayor; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

    Standing Rib Roast with Madeira Sauce and Herbed Yorkshire Puddings

    This recipe features a rich sauce made from Madeira wine and individual Yorkshire puddings, which are a staple of the English Sunday lunch. If you're looking for an elegant and impressive holiday meal, this is it.
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