KUALA LUMPUR, December 9 – Christmas is the time to feast and feast well.
From stuffed roast turkey with cranberry sauce to Christmas pavlova crowned with pomegranate seeds on a bed of whipped cream, our taste buds are spoiled for choice.
Then there are Christmas breads, delicately spiced gingerbread with Fly, these Bavarian breads sprinkled with sugar filled with fruits and nuts.
Maybe there is no bread more synonymous with Christmas than panettone, this Italian bread reserved for the end of year celebrations.
Originally from Milan, panettone is a cylindrical sweet bread which, in its traditional embodiment, is sprinkled with candied orange peels and raisins.
Twenty-Two Bakery, a sourdough bakery created by baristas-turned-bakers Ang Bo Ling and Yap Yee Teng, has been launched panettone every year since their creation in 2018.
Along with their fan favorite Panettone Classico, they also make a decadent Panettone Cioccolato made from Valrhona dark and milk chocolate as well as a touch of sweetness from organic dried cherries.
Ang says: âFor those who don’t like raisins, an alternative to the classic version is our Panettone Fragola e Cioccolato which uses candied strawberries and dried strawberries. We also use a creamy and less sweet Valrhona white chocolate for a hint of vanilla.
For those who love raisins, opt for Twenty-Two Bakery’s Panettone Caramello. Here, caramel chocolate is used to give the bread a subtle sweetness. Ang shares: âIt was inspired by our childhood memories. We use giant organic raisins and sprinkle peanuts on top to give it an extra crunch.
This winter smÃ¶rgÃ¥sbord pastries doesn’t stop there. Meet at Orito in Sri Hartamas, famous for its delicate cabbage pastries, for a whole new pastry shop menu.
Orito Founder Justin Tang says, âWe have a new milky pecan cabbage, two new cookies (chocolate with nuts and cinnamon) and two new flavors of donuts (homemade Nutella and blood orange curd). We also have a new Paris-Brest called So Black.
This cheeky moniker refers to the addition of black sesame to Orito’s signature pastry, Paris-Brest – an encrusted almond dough cabbage filled with a hazelnut praline Chiffon cream.
Created in 1910 by the famous Maisons-Laffitte pastry chef Louis Durand, its iconic wheel shape pays tribute to the Paris-Brest-Paris cycling race.
Don’t overlook the humble and unpretentious cardamom babka. While Orito first surprised customers with his chocolate-hazelnut and cinnamon babkas, this new flavor gives soft, braided bread a deeper resonance with the season; its pine and almost fruity notes remind us that it is vacation time.
For nutrition-conscious partygoers, Wise Crafters has launched their Be Oatsome Christmas combo. The package includes five 350g jars of oatmeal and two 380ml bottles of kefir drinks, with free delivery within a 15km radius of Bandar Sunway.
This PJ-based healthy food start-up known for its creative overnight oat flavors also recently replaced its glass jars of oatmeal with new eco-friendly kraft paper jars this Christmas.
Founder Samantha Ng explains, âWith this new packaging, we can ease the burden on our delivery heroes as it is lighter and safer to transport, protecting our environment and creatively delighting our customers. They can reuse these paper jars and form an eco-friendly Christmas tree by tapping it to form a triangular shape!
She adds, âPeople living with a non-communicable disease (NCD) are at higher risk of serious illness and death from COVID-19. Therefore, we hope that our interesting design will attract more people to eat healthy and stay fit this holiday season.
What could be more evocative of Christmas than cinnamon and chocolate? This is precisely what Derry Teh, 26, owner of Ground, the Damansara Uptown cafÃ© known for its croissants, coffee and bombolone (Italian-filled donuts), envisioned when he developed their new drinks from Xmas.
Their cinnamon hot chocolate is a luxurious cup of tea, with the perfect accompaniment of a Christmas tree cookie while the more playful Iced Cinnamon Chocolate Macchiato has a candy cane hanging from its rim, its green and red stripes. immediately put you in the mood.
Teh shares: âCinnamon reminds me of Christmas, the very scent of Christmas. Chocolate and cinnamon go well together, so I thought, what better way to welcome Christmas than with these in our Christmas inspired drinks? “
For those of us who can’t live without coffee, we long for something truly special during this time of mistletoe dating and reindeer rides. More than Sunday coffee and cakes at OUG, their refreshing and resplendent Orange Cold Brew combines citrus and caffeine to keep you in the festive mood.
Senior barista Darren Lee shares, âWe use freshly squeezed orange juice and our homemade cold brew, a black coffee without milk. Then we combine it with the help of a milkshake mixer or shaker.
The result is a creamy mousse similar to the foam Schaum corking a well-drawn glass of bavarois WeiÃbier. While the Sunday Orange Cold Brew is completely alcohol-free, the wheat beer analogy resonates when one remembers how in the Netherlands Witbier (Dutch for “white beer”) is often infused with orange peel.
Clearly, there is something magical about the smell of an orange and a good foam. But let’s not forget the coffee component, crucial for the final taste.
Lee says, âWe’re always changing the beans used to make our signature cold brew, so it’s always interesting. We are primarily aiming for a beverage that comes out slightly acidic.
What a feast of flavors, then, that awaits us – from cardamom and cinnamon to orange and chocolate – for which we are only grateful.
It has been a difficult time for everyone, and food and beverage companies have not been spared. Which makes Christmas more than just festive this year, but also an important commercial milestone for F&B operators – a blessing in more ways than one. A reason to rejoice.
Ground’s Teh puts it best when he says, âFor us and the other dining establishments, it is especially important to be able to celebrate Christmas together after a difficult year and a half. More than that, it helps us remember to never take things for granted. “
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Pre-order them panettone from their websites:
B.0.5, Plaza Damas 3, Jalan Sri Hartamas 1, Sri Hartamas, KL
Open every day (except Mon closed) 10 am-6pm
The Web: orito-kl.com
To purchase their Be Oatsome Christmas combo, visit wisecrafters.my/products/be-oatsome-this-noel/
N Â° 27, Jalan SS 21/34, Damansara Utama, PJ
Open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday coffee and cakes
14, Jalan Selera 1, Taman Bukit Indah, KL
Open every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.