In full celebration of the holiday season, blogger @Jmwai goes on a hunt for the best Christmas desserts and treats to pair it with!
Stollen Bread at Villa Rosa Kempinski
At first glance, I thought that Stollen bread was just another luscious looking fruitcake. Boy, was I wrong! This is one of those unique loaves where pastry chefs roll up their sleeves and pour their souls into the dough. Stollen bread is a German festive season delicacy with incredible flavour and texture. The unique bread has this adorable denseness with rich yeast flavours, nuts, lightly sweet fruit, berry notes, spices and is generously coated with icing sugar. Stollen bread shares its origins with Villa Rosa Kempinski Group which was founded in the city of Berlin back in 1897. At their prestigious K Lounge and throughout the festive season, Villa Rosa Kempinski Nairobi is offering authentic Stollen bread; crafted from a rich, century-old recipe. Have a slice with Häagen-Dazs Salted Caramel ice cream, you’ll thank me later.
Gingerbread House by Bbrood
Since about three Christmases back, the gingerbread house has become one of the subtleties that make my festive season complete. To me, a gingerbread house goes way beyond munching its crunchy goodness. Bbrood, celebrated for their high quality freshly baked bread have partnered with Greenspoon to offer a pre-assembled gingerbread house. Give it a try this festive season, and maybe you’ll join my bandwagon of gingerbread house enthusiasts. If you would be interested in assembling your own house, you can order a flat pack from Greenspoon that comes with panels, three bags of icing (red, white and green), decorative stars, and instructions on how to make the icing and put the gingerbread house together. Building the gingerbread house is a great fun activity for the whole family, especially for the kids. The gingerbread house goes for Kshs. 3,600. To add a little bit of fun to the houses, decorate and enjoy with Häagen-Dazs Mango Raspberry ice- cream.
Christmas Themed Cookies by Mama Zaza’s
Now that we are in the Christmas spirit, allow me to let you in on one of my little best-kept pastry secrets: Christmas sugar cookies from Mama Zaza’s! These holiday-themed cookies are one of my ultimate festive indulgences and also sit well in enhancing the festive look in my living space. Just like other Mama Zaza’s products, top quality ingredients are key. The Christmas decorated cookies are made using generous portions of Browns butter and pure vanilla extract to attain a soft buttery taste. The cookies are available in an assortment of falvours at www.mamazazas.com. One box at kshs 1,800 will include cookies shaped as angels, Christmas trees, snowmen, gingerbread men and stars. These beautifully packaged cookies can serve as the perfect Christmas gift for your loved ones and put together with Häagen-Dazs Macadamia Nut Brittle ice cream, it makes an even better treat!
Festive Yule Log at Opera Patisserie , Sankara
I love French pastries so when the swanky Opera Patisserie at Sankara Nairobi started dabbling in festive treats, my excitement touched the sky. Besides the fresh baked pastries, desserts and artisanal cakes, Opera is known for their themed cakes tailor-made for special occasions and this year they are making yule log cakes. I had the opportunity to sample the Barista yule log cake which is one among their four exciting flavours this festive season. The cake is made of chocolate biscuit, vanilla white chocolate mousse, coffee caramel crème brûlée and chocolate sable breton. I especially fell for the smooth texture inside, that complemented the rich choco covering. Other yule log flavours include; Fraisler, Chocolate Pineapple and the limited edition Chocolate Origin. I had mine with the Häagen-Dazs Strawberry Cheesecake ice cream and the medley of flavours in my mouth had me wishing I ordered more!