Estonian christmas food recipes

Eat Christmas Dinner Like Estonian

To have plenty of Christmasfood at home symbolically meant enough food for the whole coming year. The Estonian word jõulud (Christmas) is of ancient Scandinavian origin and comes directly from the word Jul/ Hjul which means “cycle”, and has no real connection with Christianity
Christmas recipes: Swedish meatballs

Christmas recipes: Swedish meatballs

Serving meatballs at a Christmas table is NOT an Estonian tradition, but it's something I've borrowed from our Swedish neighbours across the sea

Best Christmas Markets in Europe

Around this Christmas tree you’ll find tiny wooden huts with souvenirs, craft products, traditional Christmas drinks and typical Estonianfoods
Holiday baking: Sliced Almond Christmas Cookies

Holiday baking: Sliced Almond Christmas Cookies

While I'll certainly be making and baking and decorating a batch of these favourite Estonian piparkoogid ("pepper cakes"), then this year I have another recipe in mind as well
Gingerbread muffins

Gingerbread muffins

Everyone likes a good muffin, and during Christmas time, this should be a Christmas muffin. You could bake small cupcakes and garnish them with something Christmassy
Holiday baking: Carrot cake cookies recipe

Holiday baking: Carrot cake cookies recipe

Porgandiküpsised by Marit @ Magusad fotod (recipe in Estonian). Time to start preparing for the Christmas holidays and I offer you a lovely cookie recipe
Black Pudding Profiteroles

Black Pudding Profiteroles

When I published the recipe on my Estonian site, then one of the readers, Ilse, suggested using our Christmas favourite, finely chopped black pudding instead of chorizo
Estonia

Estonia

After a bit of reading around about Estonianfood I found several people making these lovely little pasties called Pirukad

How To Do Meat Jelly/Aspic. Sült

A Estonian traditional Meat Jelly Sült. A traditional Christmas and wedding food, served as an appetizer or as a meal itself

Sauerkraut and Apple Salad. Hapukapsa-õunasalat

Estonian Celebrates Centenary with Truth and Justice. Homemade Sauerkraut, Fermented Cabbage, Hapukapsas is a very important and popular dish in Estonia during the autumn-winter time and mandatory food during Christmas time
A Christmas Favorite - Gingerbread

A Christmas Favorite - Gingerbread

* In the Nordic countries, the most popular form of ginger confection is the pepperkaker (Norwegian), pepparkakor (Swedish), brunkager (Danish), piparkökur (Icelandic), piparkakut (Finnish) and in the baltic countries piparkūkas (Latvian) or piparkoogid (Estonian)
Our Christmas meal, 2013

Our Christmas meal, 2013

We had the pleasure of cooking for and hosting our respective families on Christmas Eve (that's when we, Estonians, have the main Christmas meal and distribute gifts)
Estonian delicacies: spiced sprat sandwiches

Estonian delicacies: spiced sprat sandwiches

These aren't necessarily a Christmasfood, you can serve them throughout the year, but somehow I've  just noticed their particular popularity at this time of the year
A Christmas Favorite – Gingerbread

A Christmas Favorite – Gingerbread

* In the Nordic countries, the most popular form of ginger confection is the pepperkaker (Norwegian), pepparkakor (Swedish), brunkager (Danish), piparkökur (Icelandic), piparkakut (Finnish) and in the baltic countries piparkūkas (Latvian) or piparkoogid (Estonian)