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Desserts from All Around the World
Chocotorta is an Argentine chocolate cake. It is one of the most typical dessert in the country. This rich chocolate cake consists of the classic dulce de leche, cream cheese and chocolinas (chocolate cookies). No birthday is complete without the signature chocotorta of the Argentines. What is good about this cake is that no baking is required. Simply put together the ingredients layer by layer and refrigerate for at least an hour and you have a delectable chocolate cake!
One of the famous Australian specialty cake is Lamington. These are small squares of sponge cakes dipped in chocolate and coated with desiccated coconuts. These treats are popular among the children and adults alike. It is said that without having tried these during your childhood, you are not truly an Australian. These desserts are produced commercially but nothing could beat the traditional and homemade Lamingtons.
Dame Blanche (Belgium)
This dessert consists of vanilla ice cream, smothered with hot chocolate fudge, and topped with whipped cream. It is typically known as a sundae. In Belgium, it is commonly accompanied by Cherish Raspberry, which is a Lambic-style fruit beer.
Quindin is a cocounut treat, made with lots of egg yolks. It is commonly made into small, individually-sized desserts but could also be made into larger sizes. This sweet treat is baked using a water bath which allows the coconut custard to rise while the custard settles at the bottom. They are then removed from the molds and the coconut becomes the crust of the dessert and a delicious cap of custard forms at the top.
Mlako S Oriz (Bulgaria)
This traditional Bulgarian rice pudding is commonly eaten cold. This creamy pudding is simple and only needs rice, milk, sugar, and cinnamon as its main ingredients. Although there are similar recipes of rice pudding to its neighboring countries, the Mlako S Oriz is distinguishable due to its creamy consistency.
Num Tirk Doung (Cambodia)
This coconut pound cake of the Cambodians is a popular treat among them. It may be topped with fruits or be eaten on its own. Either way, you would surely love this moist and delicious-tasting pound cake.
Nanaimo Bars (Canada)
These treats originated from Nanaimo in Vancouver, hence, its name. Nanaimo bars do not require baking, which makes it easier and simple to make. These wafer and butter icing bars, topped with melted chocolate, would surely satisfy your sweet tooth.
Tres Leches Cake (Chile)
Tres Leches is translated as "three milks" in the English language. It may look like an ordinary sponge cake but this treat was soaked in three different kinds of milk namely whole, evaporated, and condensed milk, that gives a melt-in-your-mouth texture to it. This makes this fluffy cake one of its kind.
Brunkager is the Danish version of cookies. These treats are commonly served during the Christmas season. These brown cookies are flavorful and have a hint of spice to it that would make you ask for more.
Umm Ali (Egypt)
This typical dessert in Egypt, translated as "Ali's Mother", is their very own recipe of bread pudding. It is a rich and creamy treat that could be eaten cold, or straight from the oven. Topping it with nuts adds more flavor to it.
This British all-time favorite usually consists of sponge cake, whipped cream, custard, jelly, and a variety of fruits. Some would even add alcoholic beverages to this dessert to exemplify it flavor. This dessert would be one to die for.
Creme Brulee (France)
Creme Brulee is a world-famous dessert that everybody loves. It is a rich treat that is custard-based. It is traditionally flavored vanilla, although nowadays, it is flavored with a variety of others. It has hardened, caramelized sugar on top of the custard base that makes it even more sweet to suit your taste.
Although they look like chocolate-coated marshmallows, Schokokuss are made of sweetened egg white foam. These fluffy treats were initially introduced in the 1920s and up until now, are well-loved by the people.
Rosquillas en Miel (Honduras)
These Honduran doughnuts or bagels are soaked in honey which give it its rich and flavorful taste. They are usually served warm and still soaked in honey, although others prefer to dust them in sugar or dry them up before eating.
Kulfi, or Indian Milk Ice Cream, is known for its intense flavor. It is different from other ice creams since it is made from condensed milk which gives it a creamier consistency. This dessert comes in different and unique flavors that you couldn't get anywhere but in this country. This is usually served on sticks.
Tiramisu is probably the most popular Italian dessert. It is a coffee-flavored treat. It is made with ladyfingers soaked in coffee, layered with a mixture of sugar, eggs, and mascarpone cheese, anf finally dusted with cocoa powder. It does not require baking. This light dessert would surely "hit the spot" and satisfy your cravings.
Kusa Mochi (Japan)
Kusa Mochi, or "grass mochi", is made from the leaves of the Japanese mugwort. It is usually filled in with red bean paste and topped with sweet soybean flour.
Bubur Cha Cha (Malaysia)
Bubur Cha Cha consists of cubed sweet potatoes and taro with coconut milk and tapioca pearls. Taro and sweet potatoes are staple foods in Southeast Asia. There are various recipes of these in different neighboring countries. This dessert could be served hot or cold.
Halwa Dyal Makina (Morocco)
These traditional Moroccan cookies are usually dipped or piped with chocolate. These treats are typically shaped using a manual meat grinder or a piping bag with a large tip. Although the cookies could be eaten without the chocolate, it is highly recommended to add melted chocolate for fuller flavor.
Buko Pandan (Philippines)
Buko Pandan, usually served cold, is popular among the Filipinos. This dessert consists of gelatin (usually green), which was boiled in coconut water infused with pandan leaves, cut into cubes after cooling, and was then added in a mixture of cream and milk. This treat would not be complete without the shreded meat of young coconuts. Tapioca pearls are typically added to this dessert.
Ptichie Moloko (Russia)
Ptichie Moloko is a classic Russian dessert which directly translates to "Bird's Milk." In the country it is both produced as a candy or a souffle cake. It consists of soft meringue covered in chocolate.
Churros are popular not only in Spain but also in other parts of the world. This dough pastry is deep fried until crunchy. It could be sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon, glazed with chocolate, or drizzled with caramel. There are a variety of choices when it comes to this treat.
Apple Pie (United States)
As the name suggests, apple pie consists of caramelized apples wrapped in a crust to form a pie. In the US, a flaky pie crust is a standard for a good pie. The apples are usually infused with cinnamon which makes the dessert more flavorful. It could be served with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream to top that treat.
Now that we've discovered some of the many mouth-watering desserts from all around the world, all we want to do is grab a hold of one of these. Whether it is a local or foreign treat, who wouldn't love to have desserts?