Traditional Christmas sweets to devour this holiday season

“Christmas comes but once a year
now it’s here, now it’s here
Bringing lots of joy and cheer”

Tis the season to be jolly as we make way for traditional Christmas sweets. The entire platter of Christmas sweets is known as ‘Kuswar‘ in Konkani which includes little portions of all the sweets that are distributed among friends and relatives during Christmas. Most of us are into buying the packed sweets that flock the market during this holiday month; however there are traditional recipes available all over the internet to experiment a few. Out of the many high end sweets available these are very easy and quick to make.

Most of these sweets involve coconut as a primary ingredient since the recipes hail from the Portuguese who handed over their traditional recipes to the people in Goa. The wave of sweetness spread across the entire region and most of these sweets became a Christmas favourite in every household.

Baath Cake

It is a traditional cake recipe made of coconut and semolina. You can swap fresh coconut with desiccated since the fresh one needs to be consumed within 3 days. The cake is a warm and fluffy beige result with a golden brown crust.

Baath Cake<br />Picture credits: www.abrowntable.com
Baath Cake
Picture credits: www.abrowntable.com

Bebinca

It is also known as bibik or bebinka and is a type of traditional Goan pudding that has around 16 layers! It is made of plain flour, sugar, clarified butter, egg yolk and coconut milk. It is usually served warm with a scoop of cold ice cream. It can be eaten fresh or preserved for a long time.

Bebinca<br />Picture credits: www.tadtoonew.com
Bebinca
Picture credits: www.tadtoonew.com

Kulkul

Kulkul forms an integral part of this hearty galore. Introduced by the Portuguese in India, it is a crispy deep fried snack dusted with sugar.

Kulkul<br />Picture credits: imgkid.com
Kulkul
Picture credits: imgkid.com

Dosh

It is also known as Channa Dosh since it is made of gram flour. This Christmas delicacy is a favorite and requires a lot of patience and tremendous stirring. With fairly available ingredients like Gram flour, coconut and sugar, Dosh is an easy to make recipe. Make sure you give it a try since it is very delicious and not available on a commercial scale.

Dosh<br />Picture credits: www.talkingstreet.in
Dosh
Picture credits: www.talkingstreet.in

Dodol

It is a legendary Christmas sweet that is the ultimate favorite among all. With a firm jelly like texture, Dodol is full of flavour that just melts in your mouth. It is made of Ragi or Nachni along with coconut and palm jaggery. This classic sweet is popular in many Asian and Middle Eastern countries as well.

Dodol<br />Picture credits: bongong.com
Dodol
Picture credits: bongong.com

Bolina

This is a popular evening tea-time delight that simply crumbles in your mouth. It is made if coconut, semolina and sugar baked to golden brown perfection.

Bolina<br />Picture credits: bongong.com
Bolina
Picture credits: bongong.com

Pinaca

It is a cylindrical form of sweet made by toasting rice, black jaggery and coconut. The mold is rolled into mini croquettes or sausages and taste absolutely delicious.

Pinaca<br />Picture credits: www.ornelladsouza.com
Pinaca
Picture credits: www.ornelladsouza.com

Kormola

These are little flower bud cookies that are fried crisp till golden brown and serve to be a great snack. Kormola is made of refined flour, sugar, water and vanilla essence. the procedure may seem difficult at first, but once you get a hold of it, you can give your own artistic touch.

Kormola<br />Picture credits: gayathriscookspot.com
Kormola
Picture credits: gayathriscookspot.com

Marzipan

It is ideally made of almond paste, but the Indian recipe includes cashew nut paste. It is made of cashew powder, sugar, egg white and rosewater that is knead in all sorts of shapes and designs. You can use food coloring to try out some creativity here.

Marzipan<br />Picture credits: www.donna.gr
Marzipan
Picture credits: www.donna.gr

Christmas Fruit/Rum Cake

It is a cured dish which is best when made before hand. This traditional Christmas cake is made by soaking dry fruits in rum for a few days which are later added to the cake mix. The cake needs to be prepared a couple of days in advance and fed alcohol at intervals. The result is extremely delectable.

Christmas Fruit/ Rum Cake<br />Picture credits: bzzng.com
Christmas Fruit/ Rum Cake
Picture credits: bzzng.com

So go ahead and give these traditional Christmas recipes a try and pat yourself when you get a glorious outcome. Free Press Journal wishes all our readers a Merry Christmas!

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