Desserts That Make You Go 'Ooh'
Desserts That Make You Go 'Ooh' or even 'Mmmmm' or 'Yummy'
All of these expressions are considered acceptable for the verbal appreciation of a top-notch dessert.
It only counts as proper appreciation of the sound is emitted after or even during the first mouthful.
But let's not get into the technicalities of semantics or linguistics, let's talk about chocolate, cake, butter frosting, pastries laden with butter, cinnamon, donuts..."STOP IT!"
You see I just get carried away; I nearly left this article unfinished so that I could dash away for a quick slice of Mississippi Mud Pie....must...focus.......read on.....
Sarah Milliken - The First Disciple of The Cake Religion
Nobody loves cake more than British comedienne, Sarah Milliken as this short audio clip demonstrates.
She even gets a nickname 'The Cake Pigeon'.
So if cake does it for Sarah, what desserts do it for the rest of us?
My absolute favourite dessert is Strawberries (covered in sugar) and Cream but here is England, it is pretty seasonal - limited to mid-May to mid-July if you want lovely fat English strawberries.
The rest of the year, I would settle for something like Sticky Toffee Pudding or Pavlova with cream.
I am really enjoying the trend for cupcakes - cos they're easier to eat than a slice of cake, you just pick 'em up!
"Let them eat cake" (Jean-Jacques Rousseau 1765-later wrongly attributed to Marie Antoinette).
Now apart from people who have the misfortune to be suffering from coeliac or diabetes, I don't know anybody who doesn't love cake.
Even store bought cake is delicious and it's a great addition to coffee or a cup of tea when you're entertaining guests (or the vicar at your local church-see Eddie Izzard video included here).
Here are some cakes to make you go 'ooooh'.
Chocolate Fudge Cake - possibly invented by someone who made chocolate sponge which was a bit too dry. 'It's too dry, needs something gooey...ah,fudge!' Thank you whoever you were.
Lemon cake - a Victorian delight from Mrs Beeton's cookery book. She suggested that lemon was first thought up as a 'refreshment in Summer' by the classical civilizations. So thanks to the Greeks and Romans, we're eating it now - oh and it helps to cure scurvy - also a good reason to eat it.
Red Velvet cake is so called because when it was first made with buttermilk, the acidity revealed the red pigment produced naturally by the Dutch cocoa. During WWII, people used beetroot as a natural way to retain moisture in cakes and this also makes cake very red.
Black Forest Gateau -England's favourite cake to serve after a wedding dinner -cheap, cheerful, delish!
There are even cakes out there (not pictured) made with vegetables!! Sounds weird but they're strangely delicious so check out carrot cake, beetroot chocolate cake, parsnip & fruit cake and cos they've got veg in - a little bit healthy.
Puddings, Pies & Crumbles - Lovely 'Feel Good Desserts'
Now cake is all well and good all year round but some desserts lend themselves very well to cold-weather conditions and make lovely feel-good treats when you're feeling like you need a bit of a lift with a sweet treat.
Of the desserts on the right, I would always have the sticky toffee pudding because I just love a hot dessert which is moist, really sweet and has a lovely sauce which coagulates with whatever you pour over it - yummy with cream, ice-cream and especially custard - 'Ooh!'
And a lot of the store-bought varieties are very good these days so no need to spoil the feel-good moment with a stint in the kitchen first - just pop down to Marksies, Asda, Waitrose, Sainsbury's or Walmart and head for the bakery section or the desserts on shelves and in freezers - easy peasy!
Desserts From Around the World
I can't claim any personal knowledge of too many of these, I have visited the USA 5 times, Canada twice and I've been to various European countries but I am no Eastern or Antipodean adventurer. Here's a good site to visit for one man's personal journey.
A good way to get some idea of foreign desserts is to eat in their restaurants in your own country.
Sometimes, they aren't authentic and just stick to things like ice-cream and cheesecake - either way win/win.
Some Other Yummy Desserts & Sweet Treats
Well I'm no dessert nazi; I don't always have to have pie or pud or cake.
Sometimes I just fancy a stack of cookies or a bowl of ice cream or some fruit with cream or whatever takes my fancy really.
So here are some other desserts to make you go 'Ooh'
I have included some doughy desserts, some bready desserts, some cheesecake and also some desserts with ice-cream at the heart of their creation.
Forgive me for not including jelly (Jello in the USA) - it is cheap and cheerful but I wouldn't consider it a dessert that makes you go 'Ooh.'
On the plus side, the sugar-free variety is a great dessert if you're ever dieting (make it with a tin of fruit included), you really feel like you're having a dessert then and if you belly is still growling after your salad, it'll make you go 'Ooh!'
I've included a couple of 'bread' desserts (Panattone and Toasted Teacakes) which are both favourites of mine.
Panattone is an Intalian fruit bread dating back to Roman times which is usually eaten at Christmas time.
In spite of not looking particularly appetizing, it is actually rather delicious; I have it with some butter on and it never lasts longer than a day in our house.
The toasted teacakes are a British stalwart, if you ever visit Britain, you can visit a tea or coffee shop and enjoy toasted teacakes served hot with butter (and jam if you like it).
Sounds pretty ordinary but actually, really lovely.
Desserts for Coeliacs and Diabetics
I'm not a complete meanie - my brother and law and niece have recently been diagnosed as coeliacs and he is a desserts nut.
It isn't all doom and gloom, it's about doing the research to find out what you can and can't eat. I am no expert, far from it so you could visit some great hubs who will support you (see list)
Good advice on dealing with both conditions can be found at the addresses supplied above.
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