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Want to know the best desserts of the world? Tough call! Dessert is the most important course for any meal! Well… it’s an essential one, at least. These international desserts from around the world are sure to delight your taste buds and inspire your wanderlust from home!
Get cooking so that you can enjoy your favourite destinations even when you can’t leave home!
Get ready to discover the best desserts of the world list by continent and start cooking up a storm:
Desserts Recipes From Around The World
Bring the sweet flavours of the world into your home without having to travel the world with these delicious desserts from around the world! These around the world desserts will take you across continents and will be sure to impress the whole family!
DESSERT RECIPES FROM AUSTRALIA
As Australians ourselves, it seemed appropriate to kick off with some classic Aussie dessert recipes. We do dessert well although a few of our signature desserts are equally claimed by our neighbours in New Zealand!
This simple ANZAC biscuit recipe is great to make with kids while sharing with them some of Australia’s history. Made with golden syrup and oats, they are a sweet tradition for ANZAC Day and throughout the year.
The crisp meringue crust topped with cream and fresh fruit or chocolate flakes is a tradition all Australians love. This simple 4 ingredient pavlova recipe, using egg whites, is hard to fail so give it a go for your next family dessert! You will especially see pavlova as a popular sweet dessert on hot summer days following outdoor BBQs.
Lamingtons are another Australia classic dessert you will fall in love with. Soft sponge squares dipped in chocolate and rolled in coconut. Yum. This local favourite is even better served with whipped cream - cut your lamington in half and make a lamington cream cake!
DESSERT RECIPES FROM EUROPE
Europe and dessert go hand in hand with some of the world's most loved dessert recipes coming from within the continent. These European dessert recipes will inspire plenty of treats coming out of your kitchen soon.
A traditional Ukrainian Lemon Poppy Seed torte filled with tangy raspberry curd and creamy white chocolate whipped cream frosting. It's easy to decorate, but looks elegant and is perfect for any special occasion!
Make these easy, fun(even for kids) and traditional Linzer cookies. Linzer cookies name and recipe is based on the traditional Linzer Torte, a pastry with a dough lattice over a jam filling, that originated in the Austrian city of Linz. Interesting fact: The Linzer torte is the oldest known cake in the world. The person who named and invented it remains a mystery, even today.
Black Forest Cake (Black Forest Gateau if you’re British) comes to us from Germany, a country that is so serious about Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte (Black Forest Cherry-Torte) that they actually have legislation around it. If you own a bakery in Germany and want to call one of the cakes on your menu Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte, the cake is required by law to include kirschwasser, a sour cherry liquor. This Black Forest Cake recipe includes 3 rich and chocolaty Devil’s Food cakes, doused with cherry liquor, layered with sweetened vanilla whipped cream and tart Morello cherries, and topped with dark chocolate ganache.
Crèmes Brûlée (which translates to “burnt cream”) is one of the most popular french desserts and one that we were excited to try when in France on our first night in Paris. The popular dessert is made with layers of creme, beneath a caramelised sugar top. The key to crème brûlée is getting the top just hard enough that it should crack when your spoon as you dig in to enjoy it.
Apple Strudel is a traditional and popular German and Austrian dessert, similar to apple pie in America. With a delicate, flaky, buttery crust wrapped around a juicy spiced apple filling studded with rum-soaked raisins and almonds, this beautifully impressive dessert is perfect for special occasions and holidays.
This traditional Russian pancakes (blini) recipe is a pearl of Russian cuisine. I use this recipe for over 15 years and my pancakes have always come out great. The ingredients of wheat flour, milk, and eggs, though humble, create the foundation of something incredible. Fill Russian pancakes with sweet or savory fillings and eat to your heart’s content.
While they’re the most vital part of a true Swedish Lucia and Christmas, these sweet saffron buns or “Lussekatter” as the Swedes call them are delicious any time of year. This authentic recipe will give you the juiciest, tastiest buns that will be the envy of any Swede.
This traditional Kanelbullar recipe, or Swedish cinnamon buns is made with soft and chewy cardamom dough with a buttery cinnamon-sugar filling before twisted into sweet roll knots. Variations of cinnamon rolls and buns are popular throughout Europe and America.
These thin sandwich cookies filled with caramel-cinnamon syrup are a classic Dutch treat favored by locals and tourists alike. These decadent cookies are buttery, crispy, and chewy with a hint of sweetness.
Portuguese Milk Tarts, Queijadas de Leite, are a sweet, creamy, traditional Portuguese dessert recipe made with simple ingredients.
DESSERT RECIPES FROM ASIA
While the first foods you think of when visiting Asia aren't often dessert, that's not to say they don't still have some delicious sweet treats you need to try! From India to the Philippines, get ready to indulge your sweet tooth.
Mango kulfi is an Indian frozen dense dessert made from milk and mango puree.
DESSERT RECIPES FROM NORTH & SOUTH AMERICA
North America has a huge variety of desserts on offer, from fluffy pancakes and crepes in Canada to rich chocolate flavours in Mexico. Add in some of South America's most popular desserts and you have a winning line up.
Although flan was invented in Spain and brought over to Latin America by Spanish colonialists, the recipe changed from country to country. In Cuba, the recipe reflects the country's challenge with a supply of fresh milk and so it uses shelf-stable ingredients. But what results is a much creamier and smoother flan that everyone loves.
Brigadeiros are traditional sweets from Brazil, present at every birthday party. It is as popular in Brazil as mac and cheese is in America. They consist of chocolate fudge balls made with 5 ingredients such as cocoa powder and sweetened condensed milk.
The Latin American Dulce de Leche is a sweet syrup or candy milk that takes some time to prepare but is well worth the care taken. It can be eaten alone, however is most commonly used as a sweet topping over other sweets such as cakes, ice cream or waffles, or for dipping foods such as churros.
Habichuela con Dulce is one of the most traditional desserts from the Dominican Republic. There is no Christmas meal without this protein-packed bean pudding. Cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and coconut milk enrich this delicious holiday dessert!
There is nothing more quintessentially British than an afternoon tea with scones served with cream and jam! There is an ongoing debate in England on whether you should put the cream first or jam first - whichever you choose, you’ll love this decadent afternoon snack!
Sticky toffee pudding is a modern-day classic British dessert, a sticky, sweet, date rich "cake" served with a sticky toffee sauce. Developed in a country hotel house in the Peak district this incredible dessert has become synonymous with the small village of Cartmel in Cumbria!
These Scottish macaroon bars are a great traditional treat! A soft, fondant centre covered in dark chocolate and coated with desiccated coconut and no baking required! But what sets them apart from French macarons? A key ingredient - Mashed potato.
Welsh cakes are little sweet discs, similar in ingredients and flavour to scones, except quicker and simpler to make. The dough is a combination of flour, butter, eggs and sugar, studded with sultanas and rolled flat. It is then cut into rounds and cooked in a dry hot pan to make delicious, crumbly scone-like cakes.
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