Festive Desserts to Whip up at Home this Holiday Season

Nana Team
24 December, 2020

No festive dinner — or any meal for that matter — is complete without the mouth-watering desserts that come at the end of it. Whether you’re a diehard cinnamon roll fan or someone who can’t possibly get through the holidays without a wickedly sinful sip of spiked eggnog, there’s bound to be at least one festive dessert (if not more) that pleases everyone in your household.

If you’re looking to spend the afternoon doing a little baking therapy, pick a recipe and run with it; or make a day out of it by involving the whole family and choosing a few different desserts you’ll all want to take a bite out of when you finish. Make memories together, however and whenever you can because that’s what will make this dreary year just a tad bit better! 

Eggnog

Sure, it’s a little old time-y, but there will always be a place for eggnog during the holidays, especially when there are so many modern versions of the festive drink to try. Even if your skills in the kitchen are limited to, uh, ordering off Deliveroo & Foodpanda , you’ll be able to master this super simple eggnog recipes (booze included, of course).

If you’re worried about your eggnog scrambling while you’re heating it, fill up your sink with ice water. As soon as you think it’s scrambling, transfer your saucepan to the ice-cold sink and whisk like crazy. If the lumps are still there, you can sieve them out.

Panettone 

Panettone is Italy’s beloved Christmas sponge cake. Golden-coloured, puffy and soft, it’s shaped like a mushroom cap and embossed with a festive cross motive on it. The outer surface is darker, slightly burned, and raisins stick out of it. 

It’s always been the best treat, after Santa Claus’ gifts, of course. The soft dough is a sublime blend of raisins, candied citrus peel and butter which melts in the mouth and quickly becomes an addiction. As Italians say: “one slice calls for another”, and in seconds, the whole cake is swallowed down in a frenzy.

Cinnamon Rolls 

Who doesn’t love a good cinnamon swirl? The fluffy dough layered with lots of cinnamon and judicious slicks of butter and sugar make this the perfect cinnamon roll in our books. 

It’s light enough that you’d scarf down three in quick succession and just sweet enough because it isn’t drowning in glaze. The crumb is dreamy: silky, moist and pillowy. 

Bread Pudding 

Bread pudding is meant to be a decadent dessert. Using croissants—and a heavy hand with the heavy cream—doubles down on the extravagance. The good news: This recipe is also ridiculously easy to prepare. 

And since it’s Christmas, we made a vanilla bourbon sauce (optional of course!) to give the flavour that extra kick. Don’t forget to soak the raisins in the bourbon while you assemble the rest of the dish.

Banoffee Pie 

Many people don’t quite get it! A popular English dessert, banoffee pie = bananas + toffee. A rich combination of different textures and flavors, banoffee pie combines a cookie/biscuit or graham cracker crust with silky dulce de leche, bananas, and homemade whipped cream. 

Adding to its appeal, banoffee pie is the easiest pie you’ll ever make. The 3 ingredient graham cracker crust is pre-baked, but that’s all the oven time required. Layer the remaining ingredients on top, then refrigerate until ready to dig in. Between the soft, crunchy, creamy, gooey, and sweet– there’s no denying banoffee pie’s allure. You’ll be hooked.

Bombe Alaska 

With three colorful layers of ice cream domed atop a fudgy, flourless chocolate cake, our version of this retro dessert is a project perfect for celebrations. (especially if you make your own ice cream). 

You can vary the assembly as you like—layering the ice cream in any pattern or thickness before flambéing the meringue topping. It’s a wonderful no bake dessert and you can keep those ice cream domes in the freezer so you can whip one of these desserts up at a moment’s notice.

Galette de Rois 

For an extra-special holiday treat, bake this delicious galette des rois, a traditional French cake usually served on Epiphany, the day the Three Kings visited the baby Jesus. The name translates to “king cake,” and is similar to the Mardi Gras king cake in that it also features a small prize hidden inside the filling.

A galette des rois is made of an irresistibly creamy almond filling sandwiched between two flaky, buttery layers of puff pastry. The ingredients for almond cream all go into a food processor to blend, and then the paste is spread onto store-bought puff pastry, making this impressive cake simple to put together. Once you master this foolproof recipe, you can experiment with different fillings or make your own puff pastry. 

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