Favourtie End-of-the-Year Desserts from Italy, Brazil and Mexico
Gastronomy is a fundamental aspect of New Year’s dinner celebration. After enjoying a varied menu, there’s nothing like a tasty dessert to lift your mood and prepare you for a new cycle full of positive thoughts. Here, we introduce you to three traditional delicacies from three different destinations known for being experts in good taste and great parties. These ideas will become your new go-to desserts for the holidays.
Let’s start with Italy. This boot-shaped region is not only famous for its pizza al forno and pasta al dente but also for baking panettone –vanilla bread with dried fruits– every December 25th. History says that the panettone was invented in the fifteenth century in Milan, where a young aristocrat feel in love with a baker’s daughter and decided to pass off as a baker’s apprentice in order to be closer to the lady he adored. That’s how he came up with the idea of creating this decadent bread with candied fruits. Ever since, the panettone has been famous in Italy, and with time, it has been added other ingredients like chocolate or confectioner’s sugar.
In America, and more specifically, in Brazil, the typical New Year’s dessert also has an interesting origin, although more than romantic, it’s related with war.
Introducing the brigadeiro, named after the brigadier Eduardo Gomes, who ended the communist riot in Brazil in the year 1920, around the same time this dessert was created. The brigadeiro, also known as negrinho, is prepared with condensed milk, butter and cocoa. All these ingredients are mixed and simmered until they form soft dough with which they make small chocolate truffle-shaped patties. Modern versions of this dessert include grated coconut or hazelnuts.
Mexican Fruit Punch
Now, if you’re traveling to Mexico, you’ll find that New Year is a synonym of posadas –traditional parties with a religious origin– and these colorful celebrations are always accompanied with a tasty ponche. Ponche is a hot seasonal fruits beverage.
How to Make Traditional Mexican Christmas Punch
If you want to prepare it, DINKtravelers shares with you the traditional recipe: Boil 2 litters of water and add 4 tejocotes –small Mexican fruit–, 2 guavas, 100 g of prunes, 5 pieces of sugarcane, 50 grams of tamarind, 2 orange peels, 1 cinnamon stick and ½ package of powdered brown sugar. This fruity concoction is not only a great ally against cold weather but also an immune system booster due to its high content of vitamin C.
Now that you’re familiar with these desserts, pack your luggage and end the year enjoying the gastronomic traditions of these three destinations.
Safe trip and buon appetit!