In Mexico, the women all gather together and cook large amounts of food for the holiday festivities. They make all sorts of authentic Mexican dishes, sometimes spending days in the kitchen. Even if you don't have that kind of time, making even one or two of these delicious recipes will bring the flavors of Mexico to your holiday celebrations.
You may be surprised to find out that tamales top the list of favorite holiday fare in Mexico. It's because they require so much time to make and so they are usually only made a few times a year in very large batches. Steaming hot tamales are a perfect food for the holidays and you have to unwrap them like a little present.
One of the first things that come to mind when you think of holidays is probably "baking." Either you, or some one you know, spends hours in the kitchen making all the family favorites. Cookies usually top the list with all kinds of varities from traditional to unusual. These Mexican Wedding Cakes will make a perfect new addtion to your favorite cookies list with their delicate shortbread texture and flavor of roasted pecans.
Made for Posadas in late December or Día de los Santos Reyeson January 6th, this sweet holiday bread is shaped like a wreath and decorated with candied figs, lemon, cherries and mango. A little baby Jesus doll is baked into the bread and whoever gets the piece of bread with the doll in it has to provide food for the next party which is for Candleria or Candlemas on February 2nd.
This thick, rich porridge-like drink is a traditional holiday staple in Mexico. Served for breakfast or with lunch or dinner, it is satisfying and filling. Sweetened with brown sugar, cinnamon and topped with fruit. The holidays just wouldn't be compete without a steaming mug of authentic atole. Try it and you'll see why this Mexican drink is a holiday favorite.
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Although the idea for these cookies originated from Spanish recipes, and was perfected in New Mexico, they are still found in Mexican bakeries. New Mexico has a large hispanic population and culture and recipes flow back and forth over the border. These cookies are perfect for holiday celebrations, flavored with anise seed and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. Biscochitos are usually shaped in a fleur-de-lis, although I've even seen biscochitos in round and oval shapes.