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Move Over Mince Pies… Festive Treats in Dublin

‘Tis the season, and although we say it’s about spending time with loved ones, putting up the tree and feeling cosy, really it’s just about eating as much food as possible. Other than Christmas dinner (and Stephen’s day leftovers), festive treats are the star of the show, but they’re only ever around for a short period of time. We’ve compiled a list of the best festive treats in Dublin so you can pack them all in before the season is over. Whether it’s a Christmas sambo or a reindeer-shaped sweet treat, anything Christmas-inspired goes. Try one or try them all (we encourage the latter) and thank us later.

Bread 41

Of course, we must kick it off with the icons of the Dublin pastries. Bread 41 are famously known for their incredible breads and baked goods, and they certainly weren’t going to leave us hanging this Christmas season. Not including the impressive, inclusive gingerbread house display, they are getting the festivities started with their 12 days of Christmas Specials! 12 different pastries and bread specials will be released each day, with each one available for 1 day only. Keep an eye on their social media to find out what their special of the day is, and head there for your morning pastry in the days leading up to Christmas.

For the festive additions that are here to stay for the season, they’ve got a cruffin filled with chocolate crème and infused with housemade orange peel, topped with their inclusive gingerbread person. Another one available only on the weekends is their twice baked trifle croissant, filled with Sherry syrup soaked sponge and coated in raspberry jam and custard.

Café en Seine

One of our favourite Parisian-inspired spots in the city, Café en Seine never disappoints, and this festive season is no different. What could be better than a regular Christmas sandwich? Oh, that’s right, a Christmas sandwich drenched in gravy! Ham, turkey, melted brie, sage and onion stuffing and homemade cranberry sauce, and in true Café en Seine fashion, there’s some duck fat roasties tossed in stuffing on the side. Run, don’t walk!

Bretzel

150 year old bakers, Bretzel have been perfecting their recipes for over a century, so we can guarantee that anything you treat yourself to there will be delicious. They’ve taken a German twist for their festive pastry of choice, naming it the Stollen Diamond (nice one). They describe it as a combination of mince pies, pastry and almond. It’s an all butter pastry with a heart full of fruit, spices and marzipan. Sounds delightful and festive!

Meltdown

Meltdown are known for their amazing toasties, so it’s no surprise that their addition to the festive treats in Dublin is their Happy Cheesemas toastie! Cranberry mayo, turkey, smoked bacon, brie, stuffing and white cheddar… we are drooling.

Bakeology Treats

An Argentinian bakery based in Dublin 8, Bakeology are well known for their homemade Empanadas, but don’t let those distract you from their mouth-watering sweet treats. Their Argentinian Pan Dulce is a tasty, sweet bread that’s usually prepared with dried fruits, but Bakeology switch it up and make it with either chocolate, or nuts and almonds. Or perhaps you’re a dulce de leche fan (aren’t we all…), so you can opt for the Alfie, which is an Argentinian Sandwich Cookie filled with their incredible dulce de leche. Bakeology even have some savoury festive treats, like their Christmas Turkey Bun, with oranged turkey, cheese, homemade onion chutney, rocket and honey mustard. Yum.

Fired Up Pizza

Everybody loves pizza, it’s guaranteed. This festive season, a Christmas has come early, in the form of an indulgent pizza from Fired Up. Recently opening a location in Donnybrook, you’ve now got 3 spots to order this festive delicacy from! Toonsbridge Fior di Latte, roast turkey, honey glazed ham, buttered sprouts and onion and sage stuffing, drizzled with cranberry and gravy for the ultimate Christmas treat.

Fable Bakery

Fable is nestled into Sprout on Dawson Street, and no there aren’t any salad greens in these festive treats. Fable’s deliciously different take on mince pies takes the classic Christmas treat to the next level, using their house-made rough puff pastry and filled with the owner’s mum’s top-secret mincemeat recipe! They have a limited number of these available in store, but you can pre-order a box here.

Brother Hubbard

Well known for their Mediterannean-inspired brunch, Brother Hubbard has a great reputation for their savoury dishes, but did you know that their treats are just as good? They’ve got you covered this festive season with their Christmas Frenchie, which features poached quince, rose mascarpone, pistachio, lemon balm, pomegranate and mulled wine syrup. A complex mixture of delicious flavours for the ultimate festive experience. But of course, it is Brother Hubbard after all, so they’ve got a killer Christmas sambo in there too filled with a turkey & sausage meat meatloaf, baked ham, their special stuffing sauce and brussel sprout & cranberry slaw – yum.

Chimac

Chimac’s fried chicken burgers never disappoint, especially with their house-made sauces. They’ve got a unique little addition to the festive treats in Dublin, in the form of a Christmas croquette! These little balls of joy are filled with sriracha caramel ham, gochujang turkey and a stuffing béchamel – drooling. If you tried this and need a bit of that sauce in your Christmas dinner, you can order their sriracha caramel sauce in a packet to glaze over your Christmas ham this year. Of course, Chimac have their own take on a Christmas sambo too, with their Christmas fried chicken burger, topped with bacon & sage crumble, sriracha candied bacon, brussel sprout kimchi and cranberry mayo, served with their house adobo gravy for the ultimate dunking experience.

Queen of Tarts

Another cafe known for their massive collection of treats, Queen of Tarts is a safe bet for some festive indulgence. Classic mince pies will taste delectable here in this cosy cafe just off Temple Bar. You can make it a lunch date with one of their festive toasties like brie and braised red cabbage with a pumpkin seed pesto, served on their homemade focaccia. But the stars of the show are undoubtedly their Christmas desserts – Queen of Tarts have a long list of festive treats available for pre-order. They’ve got everything from Bailey’s Cheesecake, to Christmas Crumble Tarts, to Cranberry and Gingerbread Cheesecake. Christmas came early!

Milo’s – Two Boys Brew

The little sister to Two Boys Brew – Milo’s – has blessed us with their addition to the festive pastries of Dublin. Why have short crust pastry when you can have buttery brioche stuffed with mince meat, crème patisserie and mixed spice crumb. We’ll be right back – just running to Drumcondra right now.

Slice

Based in Stoneybatter, Slice source all their ingredients from small suppliers and make sure they use the best Irish produce around, so you know this next festive treat is about to be good. Their Christmas sambo features some honey baked ham with cranberry relish and brie. Slice have done it right this festive season, we’re hungry just looking at this one.

Honey Truffle

Head on down to Pearse Street to the always gorgeous Honey Truffle for a festive sambo of dreams. The classic ham and turkey sandwich is spruced up with a festive orange, port and spiced cranberry sauce, topped with a sage and thyme caramelised onion stuffing, packed neatly between Firehouse sourdough. This is a must try!

Article by Sara Abdulmagid

I’m a Palestinian who grew up in Cyprus and moved to Dublin in 2013, so I’ve had a mishmash of different cultures and cuisines surrounding me my whole life. I’m an avid foodie, and after realising that life as a lawyer was not for me, I studied media and became a radio host for Dublin City FM. I’m now writing for TheTaste full time, but I also have my own food blog where you can find a mixture of restaurant reviews and the occasional recipe. I talk a lot about being Palestinian; to be honest, I talk a lot in general. That’s why I did radio!

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