Whether you’re craving figgy pudding or have visions of sugar plum (fairies) dancing in your head, we have cheery holiday recipes that are guaranteed to have you rockin’ around the Christmas tree this year. So, get yourself in the spirit and try one (or all!) of these 6 recipes inspired by some of our favorite holiday songs and tales.
Please bring us some figgy pudding and preferably this one from the Food Network! It’s just as tender and moist as it looks. Made with whole figs and dried dates this cake is then topped with pillowy whipped cream or ice cream.
‘Twas the night before Christmas and we all had visions of sugar plums dancing through our heads. Bring this classic Christmas tale to life with these holiday sweets from The Spruce Eats. Plus, they’re healthyish, too! Made with dates, cranberries and walnuts, these little crystalized balls are a great treat to make instead of cookies!
Wassailing is a longtime tradition in England. Old sailors and town folks would sing around neighborhoods and drink “wassail” at each other’s homes. The word wassail comes from the Anglo-Saxon phrase ‘waes hael’, which means ‘good health’. Originally, the wassail was a drink made of mulled ale, curdled cream, roasted apples, eggs, cloves, ginger, nutmeg and sugar. This recipe taken from Chowhound is sure to perk up any party – it’s made with apple and cranberry juice and spiked with Calvados.
Since French hens may be hard to come by, how about three Cornish Hens to make your 12 days of Christmas complete? We love this recipe by Taste of Home that calls for packing the birds with an herbaceous stuffing and brushing them with lemony garlic butter.
These peel ‘n’ eat chestnuts are truly addictive. Make sure to score the nuts deeply so that the peels will open as they roast by your open fire. Nat King Cole will be proud!
When it’s the holidays, there are two things you can count on: caroling and pumpkin pie. The famous lyrics reminds us, “Later we’ll have some pumpkin pie and we’ll do some caroling!” Make this year’s pumpkin pie extra special by whipping it up from scratch, starting with a buttery crust from Food & Wine.