Who doesn’t love a good dessert? Unless you’re a sugar hater, everybody needs a little sweetness down in their belly after a big meal or as a snack in the afternoon. Many countries have their own unique or special brand of desserts, but one thing they have in common? They’re all delicious in their own way.
Here are 5 different and delicious desserts from countries around the world. Just be sure to wipe that drool off your face when this list is over:
Tiramisu (Italy) Coffee is great, isn’t it? It perks you up in the morning and has a flavor that makes you want more. Add a little cream and it becomes a little richer and sweeter. Now imagine if your morning pick-me-up was a delicious cake made out of ladyfingers dipped in coffee, layered with a whipped mixture of eggs, sugar, and mascarpone cheese then flavoured with some delicious cocoa. That’s pretty much everything the Tiramisu is. It’s creamy texture and light sweetness makes you want more.
Castella (Japan) When you think of sponge cake, you think of very soft and airy slices of yellowish bread. But Castella is a different breed of cake. Brought to Japan by foreigners from Portugal, the Castella is very tightly packed and is made without any oil and butter. You’d think the lack of the slippery stuff would make this cake dry, but it stays magically moist and delicious. A specialty of Nagasaki, sugar, flour, eggs, and starch syrup is what makes up this wonder cake.
Bibingka (Philippines) A dessert that’s time consuming when made the traditional way, yet takes only a few minutes when prepared in street stalls. But the end result either way is still a delicious, flat rice cake native to the Philippine islands. Made with rice flour, water (or coconut milk if you want it extra flavorful) and then topped with butter/margarine, sugar, cheese, or grated coconut, bibingka is as delicious as delicious can be. Being cooked in a banana leaf infuses the cake with a unique aroma and bibingka with a generous amount of toppings (and ingredients) are sometimes called bibingka especial.
Brigadeiro (Brazil) This dessert is not only special because it’s a delicious, chocolatey treat but also because it has two origin stories. One story has this treat being created due to a milk and sugar shortage post-World War II while another has it starring as a campaign snack for a handsome politician. Maybe it was both? Whichever way the cookie crumbled, this dessert made from condensed milk, powdered chocolate, butter and chocolate sprinkles to cover the outside layer is just the sweetest and one of the most loved of brazilian snacks.
Oliebollen (Netherlands) Made by using an ice-scooper or two spoons to scoop a certain amount of dough and dropping the dough into a deep fryer filled with hot oil, the Oliebollen is a slippery little snack. Despite its oily nature, it is a well loved treat for the Dutch people because of its delicious flavor topped with the sweetness of powdered sugar.
Even though this list contains only 5 delicious desserts, there are so many different snacks and delicacies around the world. It’s all about preference when you look for the food that satisfies your sweet tooth, so keep looking and you might find that one dessert that puts a smile on your face.