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Ready to have a sweet tooth this Christmas??? 馃嵃馃

Only one week to go.. Christmas is the time for sharing love and happiness and caring for others. However, it is also a time for a bit of excess: consumerism, opulent meals... But, sweet things never made anyone bitter, did they?

Let's have a look at some of the typical Christmas desserts all over the world.

1. The Three King's Cake or "Rosc贸n de Reyes" from Spain

Although here in Spain we normally spend all Christmas eating our typical sweet turr贸n (nougat) and marzipan, there is a dessert that is always present in every home on the 6th January, when we celebrate the Epiphany and the Three Wise Men leave our presents under the tree. This is our Rosc贸n de Reyes, a ring -shaped cake made with crystallised fruit. It can be plain or filled with cream or custard.

The round shape of the cake represents the circular route taken by the Three Kings to confuse King Herod, who was following them to find the Christ child. A small figurine and bean is baked into the cake and tradition says that if you find the figurine inside your slice you'll get lucky during the year. On the contrary, if you find the bean you are supposed to pay for the cake.

Rosc贸n de Reyes

2. Stollen from Germany

A wonderful confection of sweet bread, specially made only for the holidays, filled with marzipan and fruit and finished in a jammy glaze.

German Stollen

3. La B没che de Noel (Yule Log) from France

The most common combination of this sweet roulade is basic yellow sponge cake and chocolate buttercream, though there are other multiple variations.

Yule Log

4. Panettone from the Bella Italia

This tall, dome-shaped cake is original from Italy but has become very popular all around the world. It is light and airy in texture and can be filled with crystallised fruit and raisins or chocolate chips. In any case, a delicious option but also quite filling.

Panettone

4. Christmas Pudding from UK.

The pudding is traditionally composed of thirteen ingredients, symbolizing Jesus and the Twelve Apostles, including many dried fruits held together by egg and suet, sometimes moistened by treacle or molasses and flavoured with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, and other spices.

Christmas pudding

5. Beigli from Hungary

The poppy seed roll is a pastry consisting of a roll of sweet yeast bread with a dense, rich, bittersweet filling of poppy seed. An alternative filling is a paste of minced walnuts or minced chestnuts.

Beigli

6. Pavlova from Australia

This wonderful dessert is made with a meringue base, and topped with fresh cream and fruit. The dessert is believed to have been created in honour of the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova, either during or after one of her tours to Australia and New Zealand in the 1920s.

Pavlova Cake

7. Kurisumasu Keiki from Japan

Even though Christmas is not celebrated in Japan religiously, Japanese people have adopted western traditions and one of the most curious is the Kirisumasu Keiki or Christmas cake. This is a very sweet cake made of cream and decorated with fresh strawberries, which was originally served in weddings and has become a very typical Christmas dessert.

kurisumasu keiki

8. American Apple pie

This typical pie is a pastry of 9 inches in diameter in a fluted pie plate, with an apple filling spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, and lemon juice, and it may or may not have a lattice or shapes cut out of the top for decoration.

Apple Pie

9. "Rabanadas" from Brazil.

This is the name given to the typical Brazilian French Toast. The bread used to make it has to be stale, usually has either a round or oval shape, and is cut thick. Bread slices are first soaked in milk (or in a milk mixture) and then coated with beaten eggs, fried in oil, and then sprinkled with a sugar cinnamon mixture.

Rabanada from Brazil

10. Priyaniki from Russia

These home-made ginger and cinnamon cookies dusted with soft icing sugar are a wonderfully delicious and spicy batch of festive. They are often filled with jam and traditionally served with either tea or the traditional Russian wintertime beverage known as sbiten 鈥 a hot, spicy and very sweet honey-based winter drink.

Priyaniki from Russia

SSo, have you got a favorite yet? We are sooo undecided... Good news is that we cna have them all! 馃槈

Solo queda una semanita.... La Navidad es esa 茅poca para compartir amor, felicidad y cari帽o por los dem谩s. Sin embargo, es tambi茅n un tiempo de excesos: consumismo, comidas opulentas... Pero, lo cierto es que a nadie le amarga un dulce, 驴no?

Echemos un vistazo a algunos de los postres m谩s t铆picos a lo largo y ancho del mundo.

1. "Rosc贸n de Reyes" de Espa帽a

Aunque aqu铆 en Espa帽a nos pasamos la Navidad normalmente comiendo nuestros t铆picos dulces navide帽os, el turr贸n y el mazap谩n, hay un postre que siempre est谩 presente en cada hogar el 6 de enero cuando celebramos la Epifan铆a y los Reyes Magos nos dejan nuestros regalos debajo del 谩rbol. Es nuestro Rosc贸n de Reyes, un pastel con forma de aro que est谩 hecho con fruta escarchada. Puede ser sin relleno o con crema o nata.

La forma redonda del rosc贸n representa la ruta circular que los Reyes Magos tomaron para confundir al rey Herodes, que estaba sigui茅ndoles para encontrar a Jesucristo ni帽o. Una peque帽a figura sorpresa se introduce en el rosc贸n y la tradici贸n dice que si encuentras la figura dentro de tu porci贸n tendr谩s suerte durante todo el a帽o. Por el contrario, si encuentras una haba se supone que deber谩s pagar el rosc贸n.

Rosc贸n de Reyes

2. Stollen de Alemania

Una maravillosa elaboraci贸n de pan dulce, especialmente hecho para las fiestas, relleno de mazap谩n y terminado con un rico glaseado.

German Stollen

3. La B没che de Noel (Tronco de Navidad) de Francia

La combinaci贸n m谩s com煤n de este rolo dulce es bizcocho esponjoso y crema de chocolate, aunque hay m煤ltiples variaciones.

Yule Log

4. Panettone de la Bella Italia

Este pastel con forma de c煤pula es original de Italia aunque se ha convertido tremendamente popular en todo el mundo. Es ligero y liviano en textura y puede estar relleno de fruta escarchada y pasas o pepitas de chocolate. En cualquier caso es una opci贸n deliciosa pero que llena bastante.

Panettone

4. Pudin navide帽o de Gran Breta帽a

El pudin est谩 compuesto tradicionalmente de trece ingredientes, los cuales simbolizan a Jes煤s y los doce ap贸stoles. Entre ellos se incluyen frutos secas entremezclados con huevo y grasa, a veces humedecidos con melaza y condimentado con canela, nuez moscada, clavo, jengibre y otras especias.

Christmas pudding

5. Beigli de Hungr铆a

El rollo de semillas de amapola es un hojaldre que consiste en un rollo de pan dulce de levadura con una denso relleno de semillas de amapola. Un relleno alternativo es una pasta de nueces o casta帽as picadas.

Beigli

6. Pavlova de Australia

Este maravilloso postre est谩 hecho con una base de merengue y culminado con nata fresca y fruta. El postre se cree que fue creado en honor de la bailarina rusa Anna Pavlova, ya sea durante o despu茅s de sus tours por Australia y Nueva Zelanda en los a帽os 20.

Pavlova Cake

7. Kurisumasu Keiki de Jap贸n

Aunque Navidad no se celebra en Jap贸n religiosamente, los japoneses han adoptado tradiciones occidentales y una de las m谩s curiosas es el Kirisumasu Keiki or pastel de Navidad. Este es un pastel muy dulce a base de nata y decorada con fresas frescas. Normalmente se serv铆a en las bodas y se ha convertido en el postre t铆pico navide帽o.

kurisumasu keiki

8. Pastel de manzana americano

Este t铆pico pastel es un hojaldre de unos 22 cent铆metros de di谩metro relleno de manzana y condimentado con canela, nuez moscada y zumo de lim贸n y que puede tener una decoraci贸n cortada en cuadr铆cula por encima o no.

Apple Pie

9. "Rabanadas" de Brasil.

Este es el nombre que se le da a la t铆pica tostada francesa en Brasil. El pan que se usa debe ser seco y normalmente tendr谩 una forma redonda u ovalada y de corte grueso. Las rebanadas de pan se empapan primero en leche (o en una mezcla de leche) y despu茅s se cubren con huevo batido y se fr铆en en aceite, con un toque final de az煤car y canela.

Rabanada from Brazil

10. Priyaniki de Rusia

Estas galletas caseras de jengibre y canela espolvoreadas con az煤car glas son una deliciosa y arom谩tica opci贸n dulce festiva. Normalmente se rellenan con mermelada y se sirven tradicionalmente con te o la bebida tradicional rusa de invierno conocida como sbiten 鈥 una bebida caliente y especiada pero con una base dulce de miel.

Priyaniki from Russia

Y entonces, 驴ya ten茅is vuestro favorito? Nosotros estamos taaaan indecisos... Lo bueno es que.. 隆 siempre podemos quedarnos con todos!馃槈

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