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

    Linzertorte

    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

    Julekage

    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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