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Celebrate with a Bake

Festival Week was a celebration of baking for special occasions from around the world. The bakers and judges whisked up some old favourites and introduced us to some new bakes we can’t wait to try.

Here were some of our favourites:

Kozunak  – a type of sweet leavened bread similar to Stollen that is traditional in Romania, Bulgaria and Moldova, particularly at Easter time. 

Kardemummabullar – Swedish cinnamon buns that are twisted, knotted or plaited and served with coffee as an afternoon break.

Semlor – Scandinavian sweet rolls known as Semlor in Sweden and served on Shrove Tuesday with jam and whipped cream.

Hot cross buns – A lightly spiced, sweet bun packed with dried fruit and marked with a cross on top. They’re traditionally eaten on Good Friday in the UK.

Figgy pudding – Dating back to Medieval times, this traditional Christmas pudding served in the UK is famously sung about in the carol ‘We Wish You A Merry Christmas’.

Cassatelle – Served as part of Carnevale celebrations in Italy, cassatelle are crescents of dough filled with sweet ricotta and fried. 

Kek lapis sarawak – Many layered, colourful cakes baked for special occasions such as Eid al-Fitr, Christmas, birthdays and weddings. 

Spekkoek – A spice mix of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and cardamom that is used in speculaas biscuits and layer cakes such as kek lapis sarawak. 

Like the sound of these? Head to the Recipe section to try your hand at bakes like this from the tent.