Meal isn’t complete without a dessert at the end. While that’s a popular belief around the world, desserts differ from country to country, even from city to city in a few densely populated regions. Some desserts are light and fruity, whereas others are rich and chocolaty.
From Brazil’s Brigadeiro to Indonesia’s Dadar Gulung, read on to see what people use to satisfy their sweet tooth around the world:
1. Brigadeiro – The Brazilian Chocolate Truffle
Brigadeiro is a traditional Brazilian chocolate truffle made from sweetened condensed milk, cocoa powder and butter. It’s a soft and rich chocolate ball that is rolled in chocolate sprinkles. It’s commonly served with soda, coffee or milk.
It is named after the Brazilian politician and military figure, Brigadeiro Eduardo Gomes.
In 1945, Brigadeiro ran for office for the first time. His good looks won him the hearts of women across Brazil, who began fundraising for his campaign by selling his favorite chocolate treats. Although, he ultimately lost the election, but the chocolates became so popular that they were named Brigadeiro in his honor
2. Baklava – The Turkish Pastry
Layers upon layers of crispy, flaky buttery pastry with crushed nuts soaked in a honey lemon syrup!
Baklava combines the honey-soaked layers of flaky phyllo (also spelled filo) pastry stuffed with chopped and sweetened nuts. It looks amazing and tastes even more amazing. Baklava isn’t that hard to make and is perfect for impressing the pants off your family and friends.
3. Lamington – The Australian Sponge Cake
Lamingtons are mostly small cubes of white cake that are dipped in a sweet chocolate frosting and then rolled in dried coconut. The dried coconut thin mixture is absorbed on the outside of the sponge cake and left to set, giving the cake its distinctive texture.
4. S’mores – The American Campfire Treat
Graham crackers with melted marshmallows and chocolate make this ooey, gooey campfire treat!
S’more is a traditional nighttime campfire dessert popular in the United States and Canada. It is basically a contraction of two separate words, “some” and “more”. It is a dessert consisting usually of toasted marshmallow and pieces of chocolate bar sandwiched between two graham crackers. They are so famous that a National S’mores Day is celebrated in the US on Aug 10.
5. Tres Leches – The Mexican Three Milk Cake
Tres Leches is a dense and moist sponge (or butter) cake topped with a cloud of vanilla whipped cream. It gets its name from the unusual fact that after it is baked, it is perforated and soaked in a mixture of three different milk products: evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, and whole milk or heavy cream.
6. Pasteis de Nata – The Portuguese Custard Tart
Pasteis de Nate is a traditional Portuguese egg tart pastry that is dusted with cinnamon. “Nata” means cream, so the phrase translates to “pastry of cream/milk.” It has a flaky crust, a custardy center, and carefully caramelized surface. The interplay of textures between the shells is amazing whereas the smooth and creamy filling center is extraordinary.
7. Pastelitos – The Argentinian Puffed Pastry
Pastelitos is a typical Argentine dessert with a shape reminiscent of a rose flower. It is made from a flaky, fried puff pastry; filled with dulce de membrillo (quince paste) or, occasionally, dulce de batata (sweet potato paste). When this stuffed puff is submerged in the hot oil, the dough separates into many layers, giving the pastelito its classic look. It’s also called a criollo cake which is traditionally eaten on May 25 (May Revolution) and Jul 9 (Independence Day) in Argentina.
8. Sacher Torte – The Austrian Bittersweet Symphony
Sacher Torte or Sachertorte is a specific type of chocolate cake, or torte, invented by Austrian Franz Sacher in 1832 for Prince Wenzel von Metternich in Vienna. The recipe for the Original Sacher-Torte is a well-kept secret, known only to confectioners at Hotel Sacher in Vienna. Its popularity is not limited to just Austria or Europe. In fact, Dec 5 is celebrated as National Sachertorte Day in the US.
9. Makowiec – The Polish Poppy Seed Pastry
“Scandalising way to put morphine into your system”
Makowiec is a traditional Polish pastry consisting of a roll of sweet yeast bread with a dense, rich, bittersweet filling of poppy seed. It can also be prepared with a filling of a rich paste of minced walnuts or minced chestnuts. It is traditionally consumed on Christmas and Easter in Poland as well as the central region of Europe.
10. Dadar Gulung – The Indonesian Snack
Dadar Gulung is a traditional Indonesian snack (or kue) that is very popular amongst most people in Indonesia, especially in Java. In Indonesian, ‘Dadar’ means “omelette” or “pancake” while ‘Gulung’ means “to roll”. So, Dadar Gulung is simply a green-coloured folded pancake made of rice flour, filled with grated coconut and palm sugar. Pandan leaves are added to give a greenish shade to this heavenly Indonesian dessert.