Christmas markets are known to be a tradition here in the UK. This is where you can find food, drinks and everything about Christmas – but how will you choose what to try first? Here is our guide to eating, drinking and being merry.
No Christmas market is complete without “Glühwein,” the hot, spiced mulled wine that warms holiday merrymakers from the inside out as they stroll through these charming little villages of cloth and wood with family and friends.
“Glühwein,” which literally means “glowing wine,” is served at every Christmas market in Germany and now in the UK.Glühwein is usually prepared from red wine, which is heated and spiced with cinnamon sticks, cloves, star aniseed, citrus, sugar and vanilla pods. It remains today one of the most popular drinks in Europe.
Eating Brawurst is now a staple part of UK Christmas experience. This traditional German sausage is made from ground beef, pork, or veal. A typical feature of bratwurst is the unique use of spices and herbs to create a warming meal that is especially welcome on winter nights.
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Authentic German Pretzels are always welcome and loved at nearly every Christmas markets here in the UK.
Today, it’s possible to find pretzels in many flavours and shapes. Traditionally, the pretzel is made with lye and topped with crystallized salt, creating a filling savoury snack. You can also get chocolate varieties, and cinnamon is a popular topping to enhance the sweetness of the bread.
There’s nothing quite like delicious roast chestnuts at Christmas time – whether you’re going to use them to make stuffing, or eat them on their own, they make a delicious addition to a festive feast.
For a winter snack there’s nothing nicer than hot chestnuts straight from being roasted on an open fire, peeling off the blackened skin and sprinkling the sweet inner flesh with a little salt and eating them while still warm.
If you have a sweet tooth and a particular fondness for pastries, then this is your thing. Originated from Holland, oliebollen are deep fried balls of dough to which raisins or apples are often added. Finished off with a generous smattering of powdered sugar, it’s not the easiest thing to eat, but it certainly is delicious.
Mince pies – another staple for Christmas. They were originally filled with meat, such as lamb, rather than a dried fruit mix as they are today. Now they are normally made in a round shape and are eaten hot or cold. A custom from the middle ages says that if you eat a mince pie on every day from Christmas to Twelfth Night (evening of the 5th January) you will have happiness for the next 12 months! On Christmas Eve, children in the UK often leave out mince pies with brandy or some similar drink for Father Christmas, and a carrot for the reindeer in order to express their thankfulness.
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