A holiday that makes you want to join.
A table with toffees for Christmas (Photo: ShutterStock)
Christmas is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and memorable holidays.
The streets decorated with twinkling lights, the illuminated houses, the impressive fir trees and of course the snow, which only makes everything more romantic.
Everyone wants to join the celebration.
Every country has its traditional holiday foods and its unique cakes and pastries.
In England, for example, there is a traditional Christmas pudding, in Germany it is the Stollen, in France the Bosch de Noel, in Italy the Fantona and more.
Not all recipes are suitable for our palates, some also require a lot of work, but that doesn't mean you can't join the merry celebration.
Especially for this festive weekend, we have collected recipes for you, some traditional, some in the holiday atmosphere, but all simple and easy to prepare because after all we came to celebrate.
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Bark, a chocolate bar with cool additions for Christmas (Photo: Nimrod Saunders)
Of all the traditional Christmas sweets around the world, the bark - a rich chocolate bar decorated with goodies - is probably the easiest and simplest to make.
If for a moment you wondered how the snack got its name, you will be surprised to find out that it is the bark of the tree trunk that has a rough and chipped appearance.
The bark can be interspersed with nuts, dried fruits, candies of all kinds, ground coffee beans and even dried and edible flower leaves such as roses and lavender.
For the recipe for Barak - a decorated chocolate snack for the Christmas holiday
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Vanilla cookies with a festive look (photo: Dror Einav)
Crunchy and soft vanilla cookies with a snowy appearance, which is obtained thanks to a special trick.
This is not a traditional recipe, but the charming snow cookies were simply born for the season when North America and Europe are painted white.
They are delicious, easy to prepare, very loved by the children and add a festive look.
For the recipe for snowy vanilla cookies
Don't let the looks put you off.
Pavlova (photo: Shani Sanders)
If you are also mistaken in thinking that pilova originated in Russia, you will be surprised to find out that the delicious dessert originated in Australia, where it was first prepared in honor of the visit of the Russian ballerina - Anna Pavlova.
This is also why the festive dessert, made of meringue filled with cream and fruit, is a traditional Christmas dessert in Australia.
Despite its impressive appearance, pavlova is very simple and easy to prepare.
It can be prepared as individual desserts or as a large dessert for the center of the table.
It is usually served with whipped cream or vanilla pâtissier cream and berries, we actually chose a particularly delicious chocolate version, decorated with strawberries.
For the recipe for pavlova with chocolate mousse and strawberries
Between cake and sweet bread.
Italian Fantone Pastry (Photo: Sarah Lieberman)
In most traditional Christmas pastries, you will find combinations of dried fruit and/or nuts.
The reason was apparently to enrich and differentiate the everyday pastries from those used for celebrations.
Of the traditional Christmas pastries, the fantone is the one that dominates in Italy.
The Europeans refer to the pastry as sweet bread, because of the amount of flour in the recipe, at the same time the dried fruits, sugar and eggs make it a kind of particularly rich cake.
There are those who prepare the dough with yeast, here it is a simple and easy recipe similar to the preparation of a chusha cake.
For a recipe for a traditional Italian fantone pastry
Chocolate pudding hail (photo: Daniel Lila styling: Oriya Geva)
In England it is customary to eat Christmas pudding on the holiday.
The pudding, which was traditionally made by all family members, was prepared several weeks before the holiday, when it was hung in a diaper cloth.
After that, the method was changed to steaming in hot water for several hours.
We prefer the easy and so delicious version of Bard Chocolate Pudding.
Leftovers of sweet challah have never been so wonderful, and so have yeast pastries that have known better days, such as soft rolls, donuts, the end of the yeast cake, brioche or croissant - everyone is invited to join the celebration.
For the recipe for chocolate pudding hail