Everyone loves a classic. That’s why we’re paying homage to the decadent sweets that have been around for centuries—and for good reason. From the cream-filled 10-layer Russian honey cake to the braided Norwegian Julekake sweet bread, these timeless holiday desserts will bring Old-World elegance that you’ll remember for years to come.
Hailing from the Germanic region of Europe, this light, yeast-leavened cake is known for its signature tall, ringed shape. We replaced the usual raisins with chocolate chips because a little chocolate makes everything better.
Our stollen recalls the sophisticated flavor of times past: slightly sweet yeasted bread dough loaded with dried fruit rehydrated in brandy. To finish, we shape our dough in the traditional ceremonial form and cover it in a luxurious, snowy blanket of butter and confectioners’ sugar. Find more variations of this classic in our 2018 November/December issue!
Sweet and bready with a hint of rum, this mile-high Italian take on fruitcake may just become your new favorite. For perfect browning, be sure to use a panettone mold for baking—they’re available at most specialty food stores.
Bring the beauty of the natural world to your table with this time-honored French holiday dessert. We developed a streamlined recipe to make the traditional Bûche de Noël process slightly less laborious (although you might still need to plan a weekend around it). See our pro tips for helpful tricks to make it even easier.