Christmas season is here. Cookies to decorate, Christmas dinners to prep and parties to plan, trees to decorate, lots of shopping and presents to wrap. Christmas is celebrated all around the world. Food traditions are an important part in celebrations around the world. But different countries have different traditions and must-have food that will be served. Let’s look at different Christmas and Hanukkah food traditions around the world.
Stollen or Weihnachsstollen in German is a traditional German bread eaten during the Christmas season. It is a fruit bread consisting of nuts, spices and dried or candied fruits and coated with powdered sugar for the finishing touch.
Buche de Noel
Served during Christmas especially in France, Belgium and Switzerland, Buche de Noel or Yule Log is made from a sponge cake. It is shaped to resemble a miniature Yule log and is a form of sweet roulade. The most common combination of the Yule log is a basic yellow sponge cake covered with chocolate buttercream.
Making Tamales is a Christmas tradition in Mexico and Costa Rica and every family has their own family recipe. Tamales are made from a mixture of corn dough (masa) and filling, then wrapped in corn husk and steamed.
Latkes is served as part of the Hanukkah tradition. A classic potato latke is served crispy hot with applesauce, sour cream and chopped green onion.
Christmas Fried Chicken
A hearty serving of Kentucky Fried Chicken (yes, you read it correctly) is served on Christmas Day in Japan together with champagne. Today’s KFC Christmas bucket doesn’t just include fried chicken but it also includes a Christmas cake.