Desserts of the World

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The word dessert at the end of a satisfactory meal immediately brings joy and a smile to a person’s face. And no matter how full people are after having eaten many courses, they always have room for the last sweetest course there is, dessert. Whether in western or eastern culture desserts are present everywhere.

Some of the best desserts from across the world which are enjoyed unanimously are as under:

Baklavas

Azerbaijani Baklavas from the country of Azerbaijan. A favourite of the Ottoman Empire, this pastry is made of chopped nuts within layers of phyllo dough sweetened with syrup and honey. Though the origin of this sweet is not very clear it is generally believed that the Janissaries were presented trays of Baklava which come in various shapes and sizes by the sultan in the month of Ramadan, usually on the 15th. There are also many regional versions of Baklava in the countries of Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan and Cyprus.

Alfajores

Alfajores an Arabic sweet but typically found in South American countries is a small sandwich cookie rolled in coconut and filled with caramel and dulce de leche. This also has a variation in size and flavour which differs from each region in South America.

Apple Struddle

Apple Strudel a popular dessert of many countries in Europe which originally belonged to the Austro-Hungarian Empire. But now it has become quintessential to German culture.  A thin and elastic pastry, it is filled with layers of apple, cinnamon, sugar and resins. Generally Winesap apples are considered best. Apple strudel is supposed to be the national dish of Austria and Apfelstrudel is the German name for this pastry.

Churros

Churros are a crunchy Spanish doughnut usually eaten as snacks. It is a fried pastry coated in sugar and can be twisted, straight or curled in size.

Crepes

Crepes are thin French pancakes made of wheat flour. The word is derived from the Latin word Crispa meaning curled. A national dish of France, crepes have a variety of fillings which include cheese, asparagus, ham, spinach, eggs, ratatouille, mushroom, artichoke, fruit filling, sugar syrup and also chocolate filling. The sweet fillings are usually consumed as dessert. Numerous Crepe carts are strewn across the streets of France which are known as Creperies.

Ginger Bread Cookies

Ginger bread cookies are English sweets which are spiced and usually served during Christmas. They are usually made of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and ground ginger. They can be made either soft or hard by adjusting the baking time. They are decorated after baking with raisins and icing to look like a man.

Crème Brulee

Crème brulee is a classic French dessert. It’s like custard but its top is made of hard caramel, which is burnt a little bit and it’s served cold. Usually vanilla flavoured but it’s also flavoured with lemon, orange, rosemary, chocolate, coffee, liqueurs or other fruit.

Gulan Jamun

Gulab Jamun is a popular Indian dessert which is a dumpling generally made of milk solids. It is made of Khoya, thickened or reduced milk which is made into the shape of balls and fried. It is then put into rose flavoured sugar syrup. And that is how it gets its name, gulab, meaning rose jamun, which is a kind of a purple coloured Indian berry.  Apart from India it is also consumed in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh.

Although there are many more famous desserts all across the world and from different regions in a country, these are some most famous names that can be heard from people’s mouths and are widely consumed.

Madhurima Ganguly

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