The traditional dessert in India is Rasmalai. Rasmalai has its origin in Odisha, a state on the east coast of the Bay of Bengal. Rasmalai, which translates to "nectar cream" in Urdu, is made from spongy balls of paneer (Indian cottage cheese) that are soaked in thick, reduced milk that resembles clotted cream. This subtly sweet dessert is always served chilled, and it gets an extra flavor boost from a sprinkling of ground cardamom and saffron. Depending on the recipe, rasmalai can be topped with slivered almonds, ground pistachios, or dried fruit.
There is a lot of traditional cakes in England but Banoffee Pie is one of the best. Banoffee pie is a relatively new addition to the dessert scene. In 1972, Ian Dowding and Nigel Mackenzie, the chef and owner of The Hungry Monk restaurant in Jevington, East Sussex created the beloved pie. The classic version includes a thick layer of caramel, whipped cream, and banana slices, all of which sit on a crumbled biscuit and butter base. In the 44 years, the restaurant was in operation, customers would never allow the owners to take the dessert off the menu.
- 3.The Netherlands
Oliebollen are traditionally eaten to celebrate the New Year. These deep-fried doughnuts are studded with raisins and dusted in powdered sugar. Since 1993, there has been an oliebollen competition held every year by the Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad, with winners coming from all regions of the country.
Traditional Basbousa can be found all over the Middle East, however, it is primarily associated with Egypt. This simple cake—which is soaked in a sweet syrup after it's baked—is made from semolina, eggs, butter and coconut. More experimental recipes may also include rose or orange blossom water, plus a blanched almond as garnish.
Maple Taffy wins the prize for the easiest dessert recipe around, not only in Canada. Typically made between February and April, maple taffy is a ridiculously simple, chewy, sweet treat. All you need is maple syrup and snow. The candy gets its name for its taffy-like consistency, and it's made by boiling pure maple syrup at 234 degrees Fahrenheit and then pouring it over fresh, clean snow. As it begins to solidify, the syrup is rolled onto a wooden stick, like a lollipop.
- 6.South Africa
One of South Africa’s most beloved desserts is Milk Tart. The creamy custard tart is made from milk, sugar, flour, and eggs. Milk tart’s history traces back to the 17th century, when the Dutch first settled at the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa. The tart itself is reminiscent of traditional Dutch desserts, while the sprinkling of cinnamon is a result of South Africa's trade with Indonesia.
Traditional Castella, despite being one of Japan’s favorite sweet treats, actually has European roots. Brought to Nagasaki in the 16th century by Portuguese missionaries, the honey-sweetened sponge cake became very popular in Japan, in part for its long shelf life, which made it a staple for Japanese sailors out at sea.
Baklava is widely believed that the Assyrians first created the dessert in the 8th century BC. The Ottomans adopted baklava, perfecting the recipe into what we know today: paper-thin layers of phyllo dough encasing chopped nuts, drenched in syrup or honey. Baklava used to be reserved for the wealthy, and to this day a common Turkish expression is, “I am not rich enough to eat baklava every day."
Suspiro de Limeña was first documented in 1818 edition of the New Dictionary of American Cuisine, where it was nicknamed as the royal delight of Peru. Suspiro de Limeña itself translates to "the sigh of a woman". The sticky-sweet dessert has a base of manjar blanco, Peru’s version of dulce de leche, which is then topped with a port wine-infused meringue and sprinkled with ground cinnamon.
Tangyuan which are sweet dumplings are enjoyed year-round, they’re traditionally eaten on the 15th day of Chinese New Year, signifying the end of the celebrations, as well as family unity. Made from glutinous rice flour, the sweet dumplings are boiled in water before they're covered in a syrupy broth. These chewy balls can be filled with red bean, black sesame, or peanut, or simply served on their own.
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