It's almost Christmas and we're so excited to start baking some delicious food over the festive season. Whether it's sweet or savoury, Christmas is the perfect time to indulge, because everyone is allowed a little treat from time to time!
Thinking of trying something different to your usual, traditional Christmas dessert dishes this year? We have handpicked five of our favourite European sweets for you to try, and we hope these delicious recipes leave you feeling inspired to bake your own. And, if you're feeling a little adventurous, why not add a Del Monte twist as well?
1. The Nederland's - Jan Hagel Cookies
A Jan Hagel cookie is created from a delicious recipe that's said to have been passed down from generation to generation, and enjoyed every Christmas by the Dutch.
These buttery cookies are delicious on their own, but you can add them to a bowl of Del Monte Gold Pineapple chunks, cinnamon and orange zest to give them your own unique twist! Find the link to the full recipe by clicking on the image above.
2. Italy - Mini Panettone
There are many legends as to the origins of panettone - but this delicious, sweet bread is traditionally enjoyed during the Christmas and New Year's holidays in Italy.
We love making recipes unique, so we tried it with Del Monte Gold pineapple, and the results were amazing! Click on the image to find the full recipe.
3. Germany - Stollen
The history of the Dresden type Christmas Stollen goes back to the 15th century in Germany. The Stollen is traditionally baked during advent, which are the days of preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Christ.
If you fancy a change from the usual Christmas cake, this wholesome German dessert is the perfect solution - and can be made even more exciting by changing up the traditional raisins and currants with Del Monte pineapple chunks and prunes! Find the full recipe here:
4. Spain - Polvorones
Polovronesis a type of heavy, soft and very crumbly Spanish shortbread is made of flour, sugar, milk, and nuts. Although there are variations of these delicious traditional treats for people in Cuba, the Philippines and Latin America, they are most common as a Christmas dessert in Spain.
If you want to add your own spin on this, we think that a winter berry compote goes with them perfectly! You can find our recipe for Polovorones with winter berry compote here:
5. United Kingdom - Mince Pies
Mince pies are fruit-based sweet British pies that are traditionally served at Christmas with thick cream. Typically its ingredients were a mixture of minced meat, suet, a range of fruits, and spices such as cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.
But here at Del Monte, we like to put our own exotic spin on all of our recipes, because we love trying new things. And if you love pineapple, you're going to love this recipe for pineapple mince pies: