How to Light a Christmas Pudding on Fire (Because Why Not?)

To an American palate, Christmas pudding may taste like a yummy, gooey, extra-rich fruitcake (in a good way) that’s slathered with hard sauce (which ensures that you will like it even if you don’t care for fruitcake) and eaten with a spoon.
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To an American palate, Christmas pudding may taste like a yummy, gooey, extra-rich fruitcake (in a good way) that's slathered with hard sauce (which ensures that you will like it even if you don’t care for fruitcake) and eaten with a spoon.

This is one family’s version of a traditional English Christmas pudding, famously carried to the table in flames with a sprig of holly on top. It's studded with dried fruit—three kinds of raisins, plus prunes—along with chopped fresh apples and almonds, bread crumbs, grated suet (raw beef fat), stout, and brandy. A little flour and a couple of eggs hold it all together.

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16 Creative Ways to Use Leftover Cornbread (Other Than Stuffing)

Cornbread, warm, right out of the oven: It’s something we find ourselves eagerly cutting off squares of and eating straight from the pan, with a knifeful of soft butter for slathering onto each bite. It goes wonderfully with summer BBQs and Thanksgivin…

Cornbread, warm, right out of the oven: It's something we find ourselves eagerly cutting off squares of and eating straight from the pan, with a knifeful of soft butter for slathering onto each bite. It goes wonderfully with summer BBQs and Thanksgiving dinners alike. But no matter what time of year we make it, it all too soon it becomes a very different, much less joyous affair—bordering on tasteless, dry, and crumbly. What a shame. 

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How to Make Fresh Or Dried Bread Crumbs

Before Food Editor Emma Laperruque’s recipe for Pecorino Dumplings, my relationship with bread crumbs (whether store-bought or homemade, fresh or dried, flavored or plain) was pretty much nonexistent. I grew up on those tinned bread crumbs laced …

Before Food Editor Emma Laperruque’s recipe for Pecorino Dumplings, my relationship with bread crumbs (whether store-bought or homemade, fresh or dried, flavored or plain) was pretty much nonexistent. I grew up on those tinned bread crumbs laced with Italian seasonings, but never thought to make homemade bread crumbs myself.

But then Emma asked a very good question: Why would you *ever* throw bread butts away, when—fresh or dried or even stale—they could have a very exciting future in crumb form? Now, I stockpile heels, odds, and ends in a tightly sealed bag in the freezer. When a dish is lacking a crispy-crunchy something, I’ll pull out a heel or two, blitz it in the blender (a la method #1 below), toss gently with olive oil or anchovy oil or sun-dried tomato oil and toast until crisp. 

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Our 34 Best Holiday Recipes (That Also Happen to Be Vegan)

Many holiday recipes contain dairy, eggs, or meat (or all of the above). But what if you’re not eating milk or eggs, or entertaining guests that aren’t, or simply want a short respite during the holidays before diving back in again?

Below are 34 of ou…

Many holiday recipes contain dairy, eggs, or meat (or all of the above). But what if you're not eating milk or eggs, or entertaining guests that aren't, or simply want a short respite during the holidays before diving back in again?

Below are 34 of our best vegan holiday recipes—but with no sacrifice in flavor, heartiness, nor coziness—all smartly constructed, rigorously tested, enjoyed, and shared by members of the community. There's nary a sketchily retrofitted recipe in sight, just vegan dishes that happen to be.

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How to Decorate Gingerbread Cookies to Win You the Swap

Anna Hezel is a food, culture, and travel writer, and currently a senior editor at TASTE. Her first book, Lasagna, features 50 creative baked pasta recipes. Even though holiday cookie swaps aren’t officially competitions, Anna’s shared…

Anna Hezel is a food, culture, and travel writer, and currently a senior editor at TASTE. Her first book, Lasagna, features 50 creative baked pasta recipes. Even though holiday cookie swaps aren’t officially competitions, Anna’s shared with us some of her favorite gingerbread decorating tips to ensure hers (and now yours) are the prettiest of the bunch.

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Stollen: The Ultimate German Christmas Bread

It’s December, which means the holidays are nigh! Today, we’re celebrating with stollen—a traditional German Christmas bread, also known as Christstollen and Weihnachtsstollen (fun fact: Weihnachten means “Christmas” in German). Studded with nuts and d…

It's December, which means the holidays are nigh! Today, we're celebrating with stollen—a traditional German Christmas bread, also known as Christstollen and Weihnachtsstollen (fun fact: Weihnachten means "Christmas" in German). Studded with nuts and dried fruits then dusted with a generous coating of icing sugar, German stollen is a delicious way to celebrate these cold-weather months, especially when guests are coming in and out of your home. Here's how to make it.


Christmas is a time of elaborate fruit-and-booze-laden breads, puddings, and cakes. It is the time of airy panettone and fruitcake and brandy-soaked puddings lit on fire. It is also the time of stollen, a traditional German Christmas treat of yeasted bread stuffed to the gills with brandy-soaked fruit and marzipan, then coated with a shell of powdered sugar.

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14 Thanksgiving Desserts to Make (& Freeze!) Right Now

It’s almost Thanksgiving! Have you signed up for our newsletter yet? Leading up to the big day, get all the best tips from Food52 editors right to your inbox. Today, we’re helping you get ahead with the one part of the meal that almost ASKS t…

It's almost Thanksgiving! Have you signed up for our newsletter yet? Leading up to the big day, get all the best tips from Food52 editors right to your inbox. Today, we're helping you get ahead with the one part of the meal that almost ASKS that you make it in advance: dessert.

While it may be news that you can freeze baked pies, it's certainly not news that checking off elements of your meal—especially a big meal like, say, Thanksgiving—ahead of time is a really really good idea.

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24 Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Recipes for Saving Time (& Stress) This Season

There are some dishes that have be made on Thanksgiving day. Turkey cannot be roasted—or deep fried—ahead of time, mashed potatoes will not stay fluffy, and Pot-Stuck Brussels Sprouts will not remain crisp.
But to help y…

There are some dishes that have be made on Thanksgiving day. Turkey cannot be roasted—or deep fried—ahead of time, mashed potatoes will not stay fluffy, and Pot-Stuck Brussels Sprouts will not remain crisp.

But to help you deal with the stress of the holiday and keep everything running smoothly, we've compiled a list of recipes that can be made (or their components prepared) a day, a couple of days, or even a week ahead of time.

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How to Deep-Fry a Turkey

Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we’re sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun. Today’s question: How do you deep-fry a turkey? How long do you deep-fry a turkey? How much oil do you ne…

Deep Fried Turkey from Food52

Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun. Today's question: How do you deep-fry a turkey? How long do you deep-fry a turkey? How much oil do you need to deep-fry a turkey? And, finally: Should you deep-fry a turkey? Spoiler alert: The answer is yes.

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17 Recipes to Use Up Your Leftover Heavy Cream

Picture this: It’s the day after Thanksgiving, and your fridge is just filled to the brim. And, tucked away behind stacks of Thanksgiving leftovers, there are at least three half-empty cartons of heavy cream you threw in haphazardly amidst the dinner s…

Picture this: It's the day after Thanksgiving, and your fridge is just filled to the brim. And, tucked away behind stacks of Thanksgiving leftovers, there are at least three half-empty cartons of heavy cream you threw in haphazardly amidst the dinner storm. Now, imagine that you face the remnants and their looming expiration dates, yet you have no desire to eat another dollop of whipped cream. The best news? You don't have put that cream to waste—instead, you can make one of the 17 delicious recipes that follow. Heck, you might even start buying cream just so you can make them all, year-round!

1. Caramelized Cream Eggs from Ideas in Food

The easiest, most rewarding thing to do with cream (should we just end this list early?)? Fry eggs—or pork chops, carrots, onions, anything, really—in it. As the liquid cooks down in a skillet, it separates out into a layer of butterfat and buttermilk, steaming the eggs and caramelizing them at the same time.

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