One of the most excellent parts about traveling to new places is trying out the local cuisine. Traditional dishes can be weird and wonderful, decadent and delicious, or, in some cases, not quite your cup of tea. However, discovering new foods and dishes is all part of the fun.
Before you travel, it’s always a good idea to do your research and take a look at some of the best restaurants to dine in, as well as cafes for cakes and coffees, and you could even check out a bakery website to find out where the best pastries and desserts are located!
If you are anything like us and have a bit of a sweet tooth, then discovering where you can find mouth-watering sweet treats to satisfy those sugar cravings is a top priority. With that in mind, here are some of the best desserts from around the world:
1.Middle Eastern Baklava
This gorgeous dessert comes in many different varieties. The base is made from layers of flaky pastry soaked in sweet syrup and butter and flavored with orange blossom water. Baklava is stuffed with chopped nuts and can come in many flavors such as cardamom, rose, and pistachio.
2. Portuguese custard tarts
Is there anything more satisfying than taking a little bite from one of these flaky, crispy, heavenly puddings? Portuguese custard tarts (or pasties de nada) are delicate pastries filled with a sugary, creamy center – best served warm with a strong cup of coffee!
3. Spanish Churros
Kids and grownups both delight in these deep-fried pastry sticks from Spain. The piped pastry is dipped into hot oil until crisp and golden, and then coated in sugar, chocolate or dulce de leche. Best eaten on a brisk day from a local street vendor.
4. Sicilian Cannoli
The contrast of flavors and textures of this traditional dessert from Sicily is to be celebrated! With a crisp, sweet tube-shaped outer shell stuffed with a creamy ricotta cheese center, these are hard not to love. The ricotta cheese is laced with citrus flavors that work by perfectly complementing the sweetness of the crispy pastry dough.
5. Australian Laminations
Gorgeous Laminations are sweet spongy cakes all the way from down under. Usually topped with chocolate and desiccated coconut, for those who want a little extra, you can also find versions with a layer of jam in the center.
6. South African Malva Pudding
Another spongy delight is Malva Pudding, which is a soft sponge cake made with sweet apricot jam. Malva pudding is perfectly served slightly warm and topped with hot, creamy custard. It’s a famous pudding in the country, so you are sure to find it on dessert menus and is wonderfully comforting on colder days.
7. Caribbean Rum Cake
We all know that Caribbeans are famed for their love of rum, so it is no surprise that rum cake it the most popular dessert for the region. Rum cake is made by baking a sponge cake in a donut-shaped mold and adding lots and lots of rum! Often you’ll find this sweet, sticky, boozy treat topped with dried fruit and nuts or drizzled with icing for an even bigger sugar hit.
8. German black forest cake
A traditional German dessert that makes for a delightful centerpiece at any dinner party is their decadent black forest cake. It’s fruity, creamy, chocolatey and has a good dash of liquor in there too – what’s not to love about that?
9. Italian Tiramisu
The Italians are known for being hot-headed, passionate, and romantic, and if you could capture their essence in a dessert, Tiramisu would do it nicely. This multi-layered pudding has many elements, including coffee-soaked sponge fingers, whipped mascarpone cheese, sugar, chocolate, cocoa, and boozy marsala. The combination is truly luxurious and can be found on most traditional Italian menus across the country.
10. French Creme Brûlée
Last but not least, the Creme Brûlée is a perfect pudding for custard lovers. It consists of a smooth, sweet custard base then topped with caramelized brown sugar that has been burned just enough to create a crunchy texture and an ever so slightly bitter flavor. There aren’t many people who don’t adore this typically French dessert.
These ten desserts are some of the very best in the world. So next time you head off on an adventure, make sure you seek them out – your taste buds will thank you for it!