This version of the traditional French Christmas cake is filled with coffee buttercream and covered in chocolate ganache. See How to Roll and Decorate A Bûche de Noël for illustrated step-by-step instructions.
Día de los Muertos, celebrated throughout Mexico on November 1st and 2nd, is a time to honor family members and loved ones who have passed by decorating their grave sites with offerings of candles, marigolds, and perhaps most important, the favorite foods and drinks of those who have departed.
These traditional shrimp dumplings are encased in har gow dough, glutinous dumpling skins that are opaque when raw and become luminously translucent once cooked. The pea "eyes" are purely decorative; Buddakan co-executive chef Yang Huang likes them because they make the dumplings look like little goldfish.
Bakers throughout the Christian world make eggy, brightly decorated breads to grace their Easter dinner table and celebrate the end of Lent. Here are some of our favorite loaves and the traditions behind them.
Cut into Christmas trees, wreaths, snowflakes, snowmen, candy canes, and every other holiday design imaginable, these are classic holiday treats in the U.S. The cookies themselves are pure buttery comfort, but when decorated with royal icing, sprinkles, dragées, and sanding sugar, they're elevated to cultural icons, beloved by children and grown-ups alike. Plus, they're almost as much fun to make as they are to eat.
Tiny, ring-shaped butter cookies like these are a popular holiday treat in Mexico. They're typically decorated with chocolate sprinkles, but green, red, and white ones transform them into festive Christmas wreaths.
Traditionally eaten on Good Friday and decorated with a cross to symbolize the Crucifixion, hot cross buns are made with sweet yeast dough and studded with dried fruit. We love to eat ours straight out of the oven, slathered with butter. Continue...