A deliciously buttery rich and
dense German Christmas Fruit Cake that's full of dried and candied fruit
and nuts. Instantly recognizable by both its shape and its coating of
powdered sugar. more
This Easy (Boiled) Fruit Cake is a
much simpler version of the traditional British fruit cake. It contains
all the necessary ingredients, like candied and dried fruits, yet it is
so very easy to make. more
An enriched Bread with
a golden brown crust and a wonderfully soft and tender crumb, full
of dried and candied fruit. more
The Apple Pie, with its
two rounds of pastry enclosing slices of cinnamon sugared apples, is
a favorite dessert in North America. more
Tiramisu means pick me up or
carry me up. It is often called an Italian Trifle, as like any trifle it
is made by layering cake (or ladyfingers), that have been soaked in
spirits, with a rich custard. more
These sweet and buttery
cut-out cookies are always a favorite. They can be dressed simply
with sugar or make them very decorative by
frosting them with royal icing. more
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Cranberry Swirl Cheescake
combines two favorites, a New York Style Cheesecake and ruby red
These rich and elegant,
bite-sized round petit fours are made from a mixture of dark or white
chocolate and cream to which various flavorings can be added: butter,
liqueurs, extracts, nuts, coffee, purees, spices, candied or dried
A Cranberry Upside Down Cake
consists of lovely caramelized ruby red cranberries and a buttery white
This Mincemeat Tart has
a lovely lattice pastry crust and is filled with homemade mincemeat.
Over time, beef suet came to
replace the meat and today mincemeat is thought of as a spicy preserve
consisting of a mixture of dried and candied fruits, nuts, apples, and
spices (with or without beef suet) that is heavily laced with brandy or
Homemade Mincemeat is a
spicy sweet preserve consisting of a mixture or dried and candied
fruits, apples, and spices that are heavily laced with brandy or rum.
A simple pound-like
cake that has a wonderful citrus flavor that comes from adding both
lemon zest and juice to the batter.
These rich and buttery
miniature shortbread tarts are filled with a delicious cream filling
made with cream cheese, condensed milk and lemons. Garnish with
fresh strawberries, raspberries, blueberries or kiwi slices.
Vanilla Cupcakes are wonderfully sweet and buttery and are frosted with a
lovely Buttercream. more
This makes the perfect
Thanksgiving or Christmas dessert; ruby red cranberries and walnuts
encased in a buttery flavored pastry.
You can make this torte
with either ground almonds or pecans. Either way makes for a moist and
flavorful cake served alongside a dollop of whipped cream.
Everyone loves the
elegance of a fruit tart with its topping of beautiful fresh fruit.
Whether you use a single fruit (like strawberries) or a medley of
berries, sliced kiwi, plums, bananas, pineapple, and/or melon no one
can resist its beauty. more
This cake is very nice
plain but it is absolutely delicious when frosted with a lemon flavored
icing. The lemon frosting recipe given here dries to a beautiful, satiny
smooth, crusty finish. more
Ricotta and cream
cheese are used in this cheesecake which makes it both light and fluffy
and soft and creamy. Delicious with the cranberry-raspberry sauce.
Bite into a slice of
Panforte and you may be surprised to find how chewy it is. This chewy
texture comes from mixing the fruit, nuts, spices, and flour with a
boiled syrup made from sugar and honey. more
This recipe uses dried
cranberries. The advantage of drying any fruit is to prolong its storage
but it has the added benefit of concentrating the fruit's sweetness and
Chocolate Torte is rich
and chocolately cake with an almost pudding-like texture.
This cake consists of layers
of moist coconut-flavored butter cake that are filled with a tangy lemon
curd and then the entire cake is frosted with a smooth and shiny
7-Minute Frosting and sweetened coconut. more
This Vanilla Cake has a sweet buttery flavor
a moist velvety texture. The buttercream frosting
used to both fill and frost the cake has a sweet and buttery flavor with
a light and fluffy texture. more
A No Bake Cheesecake
combines a graham cracker crust with a light and creamy no-bake
cheesecake filling. The finishing touch is a sweet cherry topping.
This White Butter Cake
has a sweet and buttery flavor and a light and fluffy texture. A layer
of jam is placed between the cake layers and it is also filled and
frosted with a delicious cream cheese frosting. more
A Chocolate Pudding
Cake has two delicious layers, a rich and moist brownie-like
chocolate cake along with its' own thick and creamy chocolate
pudding sauce. more
A Chocolate Fondue consists
of a delicious chocolate sauce, made with semi sweet chocolate, cream,
Nutella, and Frangelico that is placed in a fondue pot and then chunks
of fresh fruit, cake, and/or cookies are dipped into the sauce.
This Strawberry and
Lemon Curd Trifle consists of layers of buttery pound cake,
strawberry sauce, fresh strawberries, lemon curd, and softly whipped cream.
This Orange Chiffon
Cake has the flavor of oranges.
It contains both baking powder and a liquid fat (in the form of oil). It
is the oil that gives this cake its wonderful moist and tender crumb and
that keeps the cake soft even when refrigerated. more
A chocolate layer cake that
is so simple to make yet is wonderfully moist with a lovely chocolate
flavor. We fill and frost it with a delicious chocolate fudge frosting.
These beautiful chocolate
cupcakes have a wonderful chocolate flavor and are frosted with a
chocolate fudge frosting. more
A stunning cake. Three
layers of sponge, soaked with an orange syrup, filled with chocolate
mousse and fresh raspberries. The finishing touch is that the cake is
covered with chocolate ganache.
This delicious New York
style cheesecake has a graham cracker crust with a top layer of
strawberry sauce set with gelatin.
These cute Petit Fours
consists of three layers of Almond Cake sandwiched together with a layer
of apricot preserves and raspberry preserves. Then these little cakes
are covered in a white chocolate glaze.
Pecan Pie is a delicious
combination of toasted pecans, sugar, and eggs which gives this pie
wonderful flavor with a dense and chewy texture.
You'll love these sweet
and buttery Vanilla Cupcakes made in miniature that are frosted with
a delicious Confectioners Frosting.
are many desserts attached to the Christmas season and every family has their
favorites. Below I have tried to provide a wide variety of popular
desserts, some you may recognize, others not. Let us begin with the British
Fruit Cake, that wonderful combination of nuts and dried and candied fruits with
barely enough cake batter to hold it all together.
Then there is the Italian Panforte,
from Siena Italy, and its chewy
texture comes from mixing the fruit, nuts, spices, and flour, with a boiled syrup made from sugar and honey. Another
favorite is the French Buche de Noel or Yule Log, consisting of a chocolate sponge cake that is
rolled around a lovely chocolate whipped cream and decorated with Meringue Mushrooms. And
let's not forget the Linzer Torte,
which originated in Linz, Austria, and is very
distinctive looking with its beautiful golden brown crust, filled with ruby red
preserves, peeking through the pretty lattice design. Another excellent dessert
is the very colorful Red Velvet Cake. It is composed of a Devil's Food Cake
that is filled and frosted with a delicious cream cheese frosting. So browse through the selection below and whether
you try something new or stay with your favorites, have a Merry Christmas and
Happy New Year.
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