There is something about desserts that just gets people all pumped up. Perhaps it is the idea of indulging in some of the sweetest concoctions that can be had. Or perhaps it’s in the science of sugar giving people a high. Whatever the reason is for dessert frenzies, it does not really matter. What matters is that we can enjoy delectable creations after a meal, wherever we are in the world.
If you have a sweet tooth (The way I eat dessert, I think all my teeth are sweet, to be honest!), then you will especially enjoy today’s blog post – the desserts of the world. There is no denying that wherever you go, you will find at least one dessert specialty. Since we cannot cover every single awesome dessert out there, I decided to take a look around and check out some of the best desserts one can find worldwide. Enjoy!
No dessert list can be complete without at least one chocolate cake. There are countless different kinds of cake, with their origins being traced back to the ancient times. It was not till chocolate was extracted from the cacao fruit some time in the late 1700s that the path to chocolate cake as we know it today started, though. As can be expected, the early chocolate cakes were different, and together with the development of modern flours, yeast, and the other techniques, the chocolate cake evolved.
Perhaps one of the most common and most loved of chocolate cakes is the Chocolate Layer Cake. How can anyone resist the temptation of moist cake with chocolate frosting everywhere? My mouth waters at the mere thought.
If there is anything that can beat the good old chocolate cake in my book, it is Molten Chocolate Cakes. It is said that a Frenchman by name of Jean-Georges Vongerichten claimed responsibility for the invention of this kind of cake in 1987, but there have been disputes. When faced with molten chocolate cake goodness, you really will not fret about who invented it. You’ll just dig in!
There is also the trend of making chocolate cake without flour these days. At first I was rather skeptical, but upon tasting my first flourless chocolate cake years ago, I thought to myself, “Who needs flour?” Here is an easy recipe for Flourless Dark Chocolate Cake.
If I attempt to list all delicious chocolate cake recipes in this post, it will never end. Instead, let me list down several more recipes that will surely satisfy any chocolate cake craving.
- Killer Chocolate Brownie Cake
- Eggless Chocolate Cake
- Death by Chocolate Cake
- Rum Mocha Chocolate Cake
Baklava is perhaps the most famous dessert to come out of Central Asia. This dessert is often associated with Turkey, but it can be found pretty much everywhere in Central and Southwest Asia. Baklava is made with layers of filo/phyllo pastry and filled with sweetening (such as honey or syrup) and chopped nuts. Usually, baklava is prepared using large trays. When cooked, the pastry is cut into individual servings. Here is a recipe for Easy Baklava, which is perfect if you have never made this dessert.
If you really like your dessert nutty, then this Nutty Baklava recipe will delight you. Personally, though, since I can’t get enough of almonds and walnuts, this Almond and Walnut Baklava recipe is my choice.
Here are other ways to make baklava.
- Chocolate Hazelnut Baklava Rolls
- Honey-Lemon Baklava
- Baklava Cups
- Pistachio Baklava Cups
- Cinnamon-Walnut Baklava
If you are a fan of fried food, then sopapilla, or sopapillas, might be your thing when it comes to dessert. This fried pastry hails from Southern America and is served a lot in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, and Peru. It is also common in New Mexico and Texas. Obviously, there are many variations of sopapilla, depending on the area it is made. In the United States, the addition of honey makes this fried pastry even better. Alternatively, you can use white sugar and spices such as cinnamon. Here’s a simple recipe for Sopapilla that you can try out.
My personal opinion is that dessert should always be sweet and heavily loaded with sugar. However, with all the health concerns we have today, it is also necessary to take a look at dessert options that are not too heavy on sugar. That’s where the classic fruit salad comes into the picture. Many people opt to serve fruit salad – a mixture of several different kinds of fruit – after a meal. Fruit salad can be as simple as mixing chunks of fruit. It can also involve syrups and creams. This simple salad has four fruits and a bit of yoghurt: Fruit Salad. Talk about healthy!
If you want more fruit in your salad – such as pineapple and oranges – here is a recipe for Ambrosia Fruit Salad. If the recipe is anything to go by, it does seem fit for the gods!
In the Philippines, they are particularly fond of using young coconut, or buko, in their fruit salad. To make things even sweeter, condensed milk is added to the mixture. If you can get your hands on some young coconut milk, try this Buko Salad recipe. You just might forget about all the other fruit salads!
Remember, the idea is to mix as many fruits as you want. The choice of additional syrup or sweetening is also up to you. With fruit salad, you can make your own version any time!
Also sometimes known as the Spanish doughnut, the churro is simply fried dough or potato dough. It is best eaten hot – freshly fried – with a dip of rich, hot chocolate. I cannot count the times that I have given in to temptation and bought a bag of churros from a local restaurant that has perfected this humble dessert. Churros are popular in different parts of the world, including Latin America, France, Portugal, Morocco, Australia, and the United States.
As you can imagine, this dessert is loaded with calories, but hey, as long as you do not eat it every day, you ought to be fine. Try this simple Churros with Hot Chocolate recipe. It uses sunflower oil, so it is not that bad, health-wise!
For a different twist, here’s a recipe for Orange-Kissed Churros. It’s no secret that orange and chocolate go well together, so I am pretty sure this recipe will be a hit.
This version is totally different, but is perfect for chocolate lovers: Churro Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes.
Everyone loves gelato! This ice cream-like dessert is of ancient Italian origin, and if made right, it surpasses any ice cream you can find today. The secret to gelato’s popularity is its creaminess. And the reason for this absolutely delicious texture is the balance achieved between sugar and water content. With the right balance, the gelato does not freeze solid like ice cream does. Another difference between gelato and ice cream is the fact that the Italian dessert has lower butterfat content.
If you want to try your hand at making gelato at home, here’s a simple recipe for Creamy Chocolate Gelato. It may not follow the same exact process of making gelato traditionally, but it will do the trick!
For coffee lovers, there is nothing like gelato flavored with their favorite beverage, so we offer you this Espresso Gelato recipe. Now if you want a little kick in your gelato, nothing but this Chocolate Sambuca Gelato will do.
Here are other yummy gelato recipes to try out.
It is very hard to resist dessert when tiramisu is on the menu. We can thank the Italians – again – for this to-die-for dessert. By the way, did you know that tiramisu literally means “pick me up”? Heck, I think I hear it say that to me every time I see it!
Tiramisu is traditionally made with ladyfingers, coffee, mascarpone, egg yolks, liquor, and cocoa. As with practically every other dish, though, tiramisu has been reinvented many times over. For a conventional experience, try your hand at this Tiramisu recipe.
If you want to up the ante a tad bit, I have two variations that will suit you very well. First, we have the Tiramisu Cheesecake. Think cream cheese on top of the mascarpone, extra strength coffee, and Kahlua! Second, we have the Three Layer Tiramisu Cake. Just think heavy cream!
More tiramisu goodness that you will just have to pick up:
All this talk about desserts has taken its toll on me. I am feeling very strong cravings for all of the above! I hope you enjoyed this little trip around the world via desserts. Maybe you can share your favorite dessert if it’s not on the list?
Dessert Bar Photo via Shauna Younge Dessert Tables