Baking is an integral part of celebrations across the world. It's a way to express love, joy, and tradition. This article explores six festive bakes from different cultures, their history, and how you can bring these global flavors into your home.
Mooncakes are traditional pastries made during the Mid-Autumn Festival in China. The Festival is a time for family reunions and moon worship, and mooncakes are a must-have delicacy. They are often filled with red bean or lotus seed paste and may contain yolks from salted duck eggs.
Try this Mooncake recipe:
- Lotus seed paste
- Salted duck egg yolks
- Melon seeds
- Cake flour
- Golden syrup
- Lye water
- Vegetable oil
1. Make the dough and filling.
2. Assemble and shape the mooncakes.
3. Bake the mooncakes.
King Cake (Southern United States)
The King Cake is a festive bake from the Southern United States. It's traditionally made for Mardi Gras celebrations. The cake is a sweet, brioche-style dough twisted into a circular shape and decorated with icing in traditional Mardi Gras colors: purple, green, and gold.
Panettone is a type of sweet bread loaf originally from Milan, Italy. It's typically prepared and enjoyed for Christmas and New Year in Italy. The dough is cured before being shaped into a cupola, which extends from a cylindrical base. It contains candied orange, citron, and lemon zest, as well as raisins.
Stollen is a fruit bread containing dried fruit and often covered with powdered sugar or icing sugar. The bread is usually made with chopped candied fruit, nuts, and spices. It's a traditional German bread eaten during the Christmas season.
Galette des Rois (France)
The Galette des Rois, or 'King's Cake', is a puff pastry-filled with almond cream, traditionally eaten on Epiphany Day in France. Hidden inside is a small figurine, and the person who gets the slice with the figurine becomes 'king' for the day.
Rosca de Reyes (Mexico)
Rosca de Reyes, or 'Kings' Wreath', is a sweet round bread decorated with candied fruit to resemble the crown of the Biblical Magi. Hidden inside is a small figurine, similar to the Galette des Rois. It's traditionally eaten on Epiphany Day in Mexico.
Whether you're planning a festive celebration or simply want to explore global baking traditions, these recipes are a great place to start.