Trentino’s Christmas Dessert Menu

A round-up of traditional Christmas desserts to tempt and impress our guests

Christmas lunch and New Year’s Eve dinner: these are the perfect occasions to treat our taste buds and make an impression on our guests. Our tables brim with good food and well-wishing toasts, the decorations are thoughtfully displayed, the finest produce and the best traditional recipes at hand, but a festive meal is not complete without an indulgent dessert. Find your favourite here.

The saying goes “At Christmas, all roads lead home”. This is true also when it comes to what we bring to our table: traditional, family recipes are just the best, especially those handed down by our grandparents. Although, the flavours don’t have to be the same: why not try something new, maybe experiment with different combinations of wine & desserts? We revisited some traditional dessert recipes, handed down from generation to generation, matching them to the best wines to enhance their flavours, please our palate and add a festive cheer to our tables.

Apple Strudel

Apple strudel made with apples from Val di Non, is - no doubt - the most traditional dessert in Trentino. It pairs well with Trentino Doc Moscato Rosa, sweet with a distinctive floral aroma.

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Zelten

Zelten, Trentino’s quintessential Christmas dessert, is best served moist paired with a glass of mellow and spirituous Trentino Doc Vino Santo.

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Brazedel

“Il Brazedel di Capodanno” is a soft doughnut- shaped cake dappled with raisins, not well known yet popular in some valleys as a gift to give to godchildren on the first day of the new year: dip it into a glass of Trentino Doc Moscato Giallo, refreshing, elegant with a zesty note.

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Biscotti di Pan Speziato

A children’s favourite, Biscotti di Pan Speziato - spiced biscuits – enjoyed by adults too especially if complemented by a sip of the notoriously intense Trentino Grappa.

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Torta alla birra di Fiemme

For those looking for something refreshing, less formal, perhaps an alternative flavour combination, we suggest Torta alla Birra di Fiemme, a beer-infused cake. And of course, to wash it down, Trentino’s genuine craft beer- worth taking the time to savour each sip. Amongst the best labels: Lupinus di Fiemme, Black Mama di Rethia & Mendola di Sidrobirrificio Melchiori.

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