(LA Trend) — Although very little is traditional this year, you can have a taste of nostalgia with your favorite Christmas and Hanukkah sweets. Support local bakeries during Los Angeles County’s outdoor dining ban and treat yourself to something comforting this holiday season.
Enjoy a taste of the Old World with a traditional panettone. Originally called “pane di tono” or “luxury cake”, this yeasted bread is filled with dried fruit and raisins. It took on a classic domed shape in the twentieth century and usually comes in a decorative box. Serve this towering baked good with a drizzle of caramel sauce, a dollop of mascarpone cheese, or whipped cream.
Visit the westside’s favorite Italian food mecca, Eataly, for freshly-baked panettone all December long. Enjoy orange and chocolate panettone from Tommaso Muzzi Panettone or an amaretto macaron cream-filled treat from Chiostro di Saronno. Shop other seasonal picks like holiday spirits, wine, and Jordan almonds.
Shop the nearby Bianca for an assortment of bakery items including original and chocolate panettone and Bûche de Noël. This charming assortment and bakery is owned by brothers
Gianni and Nicola Vietina in partnership with chef Federico Fernandez, the executive pastry chef of the Four Seasons Hotel. The restaurant is an homage to Gianni and Nicola’s grandmother, Nonna Tina, who was a self-taught chef.
Rugelach, triangular-shaped cookies rolled around a sweet filling, are a favorite for Hanukkah. These sweet cookies are rumored to have originated from Jewish communities in Poland and are enjoyed by Jewish diaspora communities around the world.
Pick up some of L.A.’s most believed chocolate rugelach from the Beverlywood Bakery which opened in 1946. These sweet cookies are made with a cream cheese dough wrapped around a rich chocolate filling. While you’re there, pick up some chocolate-dipped florentine cookies, twice-baked rye bread, and a giant fluffy loaf of challah. Call ahead for sugar-free and gluten-free options.
Shop all your favorite sweets at one of L.A.’s kosher-certified bakeries. Eilat Bakery has been serving the L.A. community for over 35 years and is known for its wide selection of both sweet and savory treats. In addition to rugelach, pick up almond horn cookies, mandel bread, and pillowy meringues. Order ahead for celebration-worthy cakes like the impressive 7-Layer Vanilla Chocolate cake or Hungarian Raisin Cheesecake.
If you’re hungry for a local option, enjoy an updated take on this traditional dessert with the almond and fig cake by Valerie Confections. Savor a slice of soft almond cake, studded with figs, and topped with a sprinkling of powdered sugar.
Finally, one of the most debated-holiday desserts, fruitcake. This rich cake dates back to the Middle Ages and is filled with whiskey and rum-soaked dried fruits and nuts. Although it’s recently fallen out of favor, this traditional treat is available online from dedicated fruitcake vendors like Claxton Bakery.