Often the final notes of a meal, desserts are the perfect opportunity to leave your guests in awe of your sweet genius. Discover traditional and new unique pastries and more to try from around the world. Take a trip with your sweet tooth.
Food blogger and avid traveler Bernard Laurance loves a challenge. Whether it is getting his hands on a secret family recipe, find the best cake formula, or taking on the task of documenting desserts from around the world. In his new cookbook, Baklava to Tarte Tatin: A World Tour in 110 Dessert Recipes, Bernard decodes seemingly complicated recipes or ingredients to bring us the best desserts from around the planet and right into our home kitchens. Divided by content, the book is easy to navigate without being overwhelmed and the pictures help you quickly decide what to make.
Here are ten of the more unique recipes hailing from around the globe that can be found in his book.
Portuguese Custard Tarts: Pastéis de Nata
Baked in a flaky crust, these sweet custard bites are a perfect finish to a Portuguese meal. Simple ingredients are combines for a creamy, rich dessert with a hint of cinnamon. See the recipe at the bottom of this post!
Flemish Vanilla Waffles: Stroopwafels
Delicious waffle wafer cookies come from the Low Countries of Northern Europe. They are thin, soft, and filled with a vanilla syrup, but can also hold rum and brown sugar fillings.
Brazilian Cornmeal-Parmesan Cake: Bolo de Fubá
The beauty of Brazilian food is how it combines a multitude of cultures into one dish. This sweet and savory cake was inspired by the Portuguese that once inhabited Brazil. While the Parmesan taste is not detected after baking, it leaves a beautiful, soft texture.
Canadian Sugar Tart
A favorite in Quebec, this sugar tart is also common in northern France and Belgium. Cream and brown sugar make up a rich, sweet, and simple filling that is quite addictive. This is a perfect winter dessert when little produce is available.
Moroccan Doughnuts: Sfenj
Made across northern Africa, these doughnuts are often enjoyed at breakfast or as an afternoon snack with hot tea.
Lebanese Cashew Baklava Rolls
Baklava can be found in many cuisines around the works. The Lebanese version is a bit different as it is filled with cashews and pistachios. Be sure to use ghee for their unique, delicate flavor.
Indian Semolina-Carrot Cake
A fragrant and delicious dessert, this cake is often found on Indian restaurant menus. It is very easy to make and is great for winter as it is usually served warm or even hot. Be sure to use quality cardamom and saffron to create its beautiful aromatics.
Found at street markets in Bangkok, these sugar and sesame coated cashews are a perfect sweet party snack. They’re crunchy and fun. Beware, a bowl of these nuts will be gone in moments, but they are easy to make.
Crunchy Caramel Coated Apple Fritters
You may have had a form of Chinese fried dough at a Chinese restaurant, but you can make them even better at home. Dipped in caramel, these fritters have a truly mesmerizing outer shell.
The famous Australian meringue dessert may just be the perfect sweet. It can hold caramels, sauces, creams, fresh fruits, and more. It has the ultimate crispy and chew texture. And it can be as light or heavy flavored as you choose. It really is a masterpiece that requires very little refined skill.Print
Mandatory family outings to the Detroit farmers' market and nightly home-cooked meals cultivated Annelise's respect and curiosity for food. A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, she spends her free time in New York City recipe testing, eating breakfast all day, and dreaming up international culinary adventures.