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Top Canadian food trends for 2013

Unconventional doughnuts are on next year's list of trendy food items. (Thinkstock)As we look back on 2012, we're also starting to anticipate the trends of 2013.

According to the Canadian Press, Canadians can look forward to the following food trends in the upcoming year. Bon appétit!

Baking is back.

Yes, homemade baked goods are hip again, thanks, in part, to Anna Olsen and Cupcake Wars. But instead of cracking open The Joy of Baking, at-home bakers are expected to choose specific baking challenges such as gingerbread houses, pies and pastries.

There are even cookbooks dedicated to homemade marshmallows.

"It shows that baking's gone from being something you just do because you want something sweet and into the realm of macrame and knitting," says Dana McCauley, a Recipe to Riches judge on Food Network Canada. "It's become project based."

If baking isn't your thing, apparently canning is also cool again. So bring pickles to that dinner party if your homemade doughnuts fail.

Also see: Seven edible holiday gifts you can make

Doughnuts: The new cupcakes?

Speaking of doughnuts, expect to see them everywhere.

In 2013, doughnuts are going to receive a little more of that high-end attention. (Not that there's anything wrong with a Timmy's Boston cream.)

"Doughnuts aren't just the old-fashioned sugar-sprinkled or glazed pieces of deep-fried dough with a hole in the middle any longer — though of course those are still available. These sweet morsels are yet another iconic food that has undergone a makeover, with unusual flavour combinations and decorations, and are even served at upscale restaurants," the Canadian Press reports.

This trend coincides with another one predicted by Canadian Grocer, the "trickle-up effect," where dining trends will begin in street markets and make their way to restaurants.

Also see: Fun cocktails for the holidays: video

More kale

While the Canadian Press claims that superfood kale is getting hipper — Hasn't it been "hip" for a while now? — Epicurious believes that the cauliflower "is finally taking centre plate" in 2013.

"We'll always love kale, but it's time for a breather from all those chips, salads, and sautés," Epicurious writers lament of the kale overload in 2012.

Whether you opt for kale or cauliflower, Canadian Grocer predicts 2013 will be the year of veggie-centred meals. Yes, vegetables are finally "chic."

It's a good thing, too, as the price of beef might climb by as much as 8 per cent next year.

Read the other top trends of the new year, including the new sriracha and at-home molecular gastronomy, here.

Which trend are you most likely to wholeheartedly embrace in the new year?   

 Watch the video below for Fabio's take on the ultimate doughnut.

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