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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. 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 gingerbread house display in their Greystones branch, they have 2 new festive cruffins that look absolutely mouthwatering. The first is a Snickerdoodle and Gingerbread Cruffin, rolled in snickerdoodle spiced sugar, with a white chocolate ganache filling and a homemade gingerbread man on top. The second is inspired by your favourite sweet from a box of Christmas chocolates – brown butter hazelnut house made toffee, milk chocolate ganache, finished with a sprinkle of gold. Drool.

There is also their Ginger Spiced Chew, which is a soft and chewy ginger spiced cookie to fulfil all your gingerbread needs. There’s even a tasty Chocolate Crinkle Cookie which is the embodiment of this week’s snowy weather in a brownie-cookie hybrid. And if that’s not enough, they have a delicious Christmas Sambo on offer and an even more tempting Christmas Croissant. Bread 41 really have you covered for sweet and savoury this festive season.

Leamhain

Leamhain, Ireland’s resident non-dairy ice cream provider, has absolutely pulled it out the bag with their Christmas bundle. Sticky toffee pudding with muscavado caramel sauce plus two tubs of ice cream. Yum. And they’re not just any ice-cream flavours – mixed berry pavlova & spiced ginger cookie – keeping it Christmassy through and through. Available from their scoop shop, Pine Cone Coffee Roasters cafe this Saturday 9-3 and Smithfield from Leamhain HQ – hurry, they’re selling out quick!

Two Pups Coffee

The hustle and bustle of Dublin 8 is home to Two Pups Coffee, a dog-friendly cafe with delicious coffee and even more delicious treats. Their addition to the festive treat pool is their incredible Mincemeat Financiers. These are typically a moist almond French teacake; add deliciously spiced mincemeat to that and you have the perfect lovechild between a mince pie and a financier – a must try.

Strudel Artisan Bakery

Strudel is an Artisan bakery in Dun Laoghaire, known for their fresh, homemade pastries. The trip to the seaside town is worth it for their Forest Fruit Brioche, which is topped with vanilla mascarpone cream, fruit compote, and just a dusting of icing sugar for the snowy vibes. They also don’t leave out festive traditions, offering some delicious homemade mince pies, if that’s your jam.

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. Love Christmas pudding and festive cookies? Introducing: the Christmas Pudding Ice-cream Sandwich! Two gingerbread biscuits stuffed with Café en Seine’s homemade Christmas pudding ice-cream – heaven.

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!

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.

Fable Bakery

Fable is a newly opened spot 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 by sending them a message on Instagram. If you’re in the mood for something savoury too, why not grab a spiced pumpkin caramelised onion tart?

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. If that’s not enough, they also have the Christmas Bostock, filled with cranberry, clementine, juniper and almond. We’re spoilt for choice!

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!

Two Boys Brew

The new 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 Mince Pie Bakewell takes a twist on a classic, with a generous wedge of almond spiked sponge topping a layer of mincemeat and flakey shortcrust base. 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 slab of their vibrant and zesty Cranberry and Orange Tart with the perfect buttery crust. This Christmas treat is almost too beautiful to devour, but we reckon we could be tempted.

Recipe 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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