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Land of the free and the home of the strange

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From landmarks to landowners, there are a myriad of inspirations behind a town’s name. While some cities required extensive meetings and elections to choose what name their town would earn, others required only a simple suggestion and a signed document. But somehow, despite the vetting process, some towns in America are assigned names that are more than a bit quizzical.

These towns were assigned the quirkiest names we could find. They’re the kind of names that you’d read on an envelope and giggle, or that former residents are always having to explain to their friends. The larger the town, the more vetted the name — which is why many of the towns on this list are miniscule. Some of them aren’t technically population-determined towns, per se, but rather given other quantifying titles: “census-designated place,” for instance, or “unincorporated community.”

But every bizarre title on this list is home to at least a few residents, who are undoubtedly proud to sport these distinctive names as part of their address.

A few of the towns were named after food — clear favorites for us here at The Daily Meal — while others were named in memory of a story eerie enough to make your skin crawl. Others will make you choke down a giggle while you try to remain mature — though if you’re moving to Buttzville, you’ll have to allow at least one chuckle to bubble to the surface. From Yolo to Goobertown, these are the quirkiest town names in every state.

The Quirkiest Town Name in Every State

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From landmarks to landowners, there are a myriad of inspirations behind a town’s name. From Yolo to Goobertown, these are the quirkiest town names in every state.

Alabama: Burnt Corn

There is some corn grown in Alabama — but that’s not how this unincorporated community got its name. There was once an incident where a group of passersby found a pile of burnt corn by the creek; however, other iterations of the tale claim the name comes from the practice of burning corn fields during the government’s scorched earth campaigns against the Creek Nation in the 1800s. The same traditions say that Murder Creek — which passes through Burnt Corn — was named because of Indians who were thrown into the creek during the conflict.

Underneath these dark, murderous tales is the stark fact that Burnt Corn has only appeared in the US Census one time: in 1800, when they tallied a population of 33 residents. Not sure about you, but if we lived in this town, we’d have trouble falling asleep at night…

Alaska: Unalaska

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Unalaska is a thriving town in Alaska that doesn’t sound too happy with its situation. But regardless of the additional prefix, Unalaska isn’t leaving the state anytime soon — though it’s on an island that’s really quite distant from the mainland. Snarky as it may be, Unalaska is one of the state’s most scenic towns.

Arizona: Why

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The 116 residents of this unincorporated community in Arizona — the last recorded census data is from 2000 — may never get their answer. But when naming the town, they probably figured, “Why not?”

Arkansas: Goobertown

Everyone from this town must be goobers! In the best way, of course. The town is so tiny that one visitor in 2007 warned, “If you blink you won't even know you were in the town.” You’d have completely missed it. Now who’s the goober?

California: Yolo

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Yolo is the name of an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Yolo County, California. “Yolo” used to be known primarily as a Native American name meaning “a place abounding in rushes,” but now the word refers to a common excuse used by reckless youths. Either the town was named after its Native American roots, or whoever was in charge was just like, “YOLO!”

Colorado: Dinosaur

This town name is far from prehistoric — the town newly adopted the name in 1966 when officials decided to try to capitalize on the tourism attracted to the Dinosaur National Monument, located just east of its border. The population is small, at around 315 according to the 2016 census. But it is an adorable town with an undeniably adorable name!

Connecticut: Hazardville

Enter at your own risk; you’ve been warned. Though Hazardville did get its start as an industrial village manufacturing gunpowder, danger didn’t inspire its name. No, this town’s name pays homage to Augustus George Hazard, a colonel in the Confederate army during the Civil War.

Delaware: Slaughter Beach

Shake off those chills. It isn’t people being slaughtered on this beach — the town got its ominous name because in spring and early summer, horseshoe crabs come to shore to spawn. However, waves flip the crabs upside down, resulting in their slow death beneath the baking hot sun. The whole process is called “Slaughter of the Crabs.” Even still, maybe avoid going to the beach in this town late at night…

Florida: Waldo

Well? Where is he?!

Georgia: Experiment

The officials in charge of naming this census-designated place conducted a little experiment of their own. Of course, the town itself isn’t gathering any data and its citizens don’t live under a microscope. But the University of Georgia Agricultural Experiment Station is located there, which is most people’s explanation for the curious name.

Hawaii: Papa

The Papa this town is named after is actually a Mama. The town was named for the spiritual legend Papahānaumoku, Papa for short, the earth mother goddess in Hawaiian religion of the Kanaka Maoli.

Idaho: Dickshooter

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Dickshooter, Idaho, is known for its extensive menu of available recreational activities including hiking, camping, fishing, bird-watching, mountain biking, and (of course) shooting. There are lots of guns in Dickshooter, Idaho. If your nickname is Dick, you might not want to move here.

Illinois: Sleepy Hollow

Sleepy Hollow, Illinois, was charmingly named after a famous short story, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving. Streets in the town are named after various characters from the tale and other streets are named after trees. Sleepy Hollow is not the town Irving’s short story is about, however. Irving wrote about Sleepy Hollow, New York.

Indiana: Santa Claus

Santa Claus, Indiana’s post office is the only one in America with the name Santa Claus. For this reason, the post office receives thousands of letters every year written and addressed to Santa from all over the world. If you write to Santa, you’ll actually get a reply — all thanks to a group of local volunteers who call themselves Santa’s Elves. The group has been working hard to keep the magic alive ever since they started in 1914. Now that’s a Christmas miracle.

Iowa: What Cheer

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Someone needs to remind whoever named this town of the joy in life, ASAP. There’s lots to cheer about in this quaint little coal town!

Kansas: Good Intent

The road to Good Intent is paved with good intentions. That is of, course, if a road to Good Intent exists at all. It’s an unincorporated community in rural Kansas so tiny that hasn’t had its own post office since 1900.

Kentucky: Monkeys Eyebrow

According to monkeyseyebrow.org, there is some debate over whether this town is named Monkey’s Eyebrow or Monkeys Eyebrow. How many monkeys were there?! Even though monkeys are covered with hair, they do still have eyebrows. Some say the town was named as such because from a nearby hill, the tiny area looks like a monkey’s eyebrow. Others say that the entire county looks like a monkey’s head — this unincorporated community is located where the eyebrow would be.

Louisiana: Waterproof

Waterproof, Louisiana, was named because of its relative safety from flooding before the levee system was added to the Mississippi River. Luckily, the town’s land is not actually waterproof — its income is dependent on farming of cotton, corn, and soybeans, all of which need to be watered frequently.

Maine: Bald Head

This village features a (bald) headland, a narrow piece of land that projects from a coastline into the ocean. The headland has breathtaking views from its rocky cliffs, battered with waves and foam that’s white enough to look like dandruff.

Maryland: Accident

Rumor has it this town was named after two men, Brooke Beall and William Deakins Jr., accidentally surveyed the same pocket of land for purchase. The awkward situation turned into a happy accident when later, they agreed to portion the land away to soldiers who fought for two years or more in the War of Independence.

Massachusetts: Sandwich

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Sandwiched between the towns of Bourne and Mashpee, Sandwich, Massachusetts, is a historic coastal town that isn’t known at all for its sandwiches. It does have sand — a popular boardwalk leads to a pleasant beach on Cape Cod Bay — but as far as we know, there is not a significant population of witches. Though it’s likely not as delicious, we’re tempted to add it to our list of life-changing sandwiches you’ve never heard of.

Michigan: Hell

This is the only town where “When Hell freezes over!” isn’t much of a declaration. There are two stories behind Hell’s naming. One attributes it to the area’s hellish weather conditions endured by the first explorers; the other involves a German man who was simply misunderstood. Rumor has it the man stepped out of a stagecoach on a sunny afternoon and shouted “So schön hell!” — which is German for “So beautifully bright!”

Minnesota: Brainerd

What brainy nerd came up with this title? Hopefully, the clever title attracted some smart and savvy adults to move to this rural city — it’s been through some trying times. In 2016, Brainerd was reported to be the poorest town in Minnesota.

Mississippi: Hot Coffee

Ironically, there are no actual coffee shops in Hot Coffee, Mississippi. If you’re craving caffeine, you’ll have to leave town to find a coffee shop to hang out in. Back in the nineteenth century, Hot Coffee was the site of a crossroads between two frequently traveled trails. In 1870, inn owner L.J. Davis built a store and hung a coffee pot over his door, along with a sign claiming he had “the best hot coffee around.” It must have been some seriously good coffee, because the name stuck due to the inn’s wild popularity.

Missouri: Peculiar

There are two peculiar stories describing how this town got its name. In one story, a man named Edgar Thomson proposed weird name after weird name for the town, facing rejection with every suggestion. Finally, he just exclaimed, “We don’t care what name you give us so long as it is sort of peculiar!” In another story, an early settler who found the town saw it and at first sight explained, “Well that's peculiar! It's the very place I saw in a vision back in Connecticut.” Even more peculiar is the town’s motto: “Where the odds are with you.”

Montana: Zero

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Zilch. Nil. Nada. Zero is an unincorporated community with just a few more than zero residents. But apparently, the area’s nonexistent population is exactly what inspired its name.

Nebraska: Wahoo

Wahoo! This is a fun name if we’ve ever seen one. The town’s name comes from the name of a shrub, called the eastern wahoo. Perks of living there include sounding really excited every time someone’s interested in where you’re from.

Nevada: Lucky Boy

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Not even luck could have saved this town — it’s a ghost town now, having lost its post office status after a horrific stagecoach accident occurred within its limits. The deadly accident took place in 1909 when “six spirited horses took fright” and then “dragged the passengers down a steep grade at lightning speed.”

New Hampshire: Dummer

This town’s government has a reputation for being Dummer than yours.

New Jersey: Buttzville

If you can’t help but giggle after reading this town name, you’re not alone. This town is used to being the butt of the joke!

New Mexico: Truth or Consequences

This vague threat of a town name is actually the name of a TV game show. The town renamed itself simply so it could host the show that bears the same name. The game show was taken off the air in 1988, but the town name lives on.

New York: Butternuts

Strangely, you won’t find much butternut squash grown in Butternuts, New York. The unusually named place was named for three butternut trees, also known as white walnut trees, that grew from a stump on the town’s border. The small town might not be known for its fall produce, but it does have some beautiful fall foliage.

North Carolina: Boogertown

If you plan on taking a trip here, make sure you bring a tissue. Where did Boogertown get its name? No one nose!

North Dakota: Zap

This zany town name was inspired either by a wealthy Minnesota banking family or a coal-mining town in Scotland — both called Zapp. The extra “p” got zapped off somewhere along the way, leaving this small, highway-hugging town with its three-letter legacy.

Ohio: Knockemstiff

Knockemstiff, Ohio has a reputation for being rowdy — so much so that there’s a book of short stories by a former resident, Donald Ray Pollock, named after the town. The book details profane, violent, and rough-and-tumble happenings that could have occurred there. “Knockemstiff had a reputation for being a really rough place,” Pollock told The New York Times in 2008.

Oklahoma: Nowhere

When a resident from this town says they’re from “the middle of Nowhere,” they don’t mean the boonies. Nowhere is an unincorporated community in Caddo County, Oklahoma — definitely somewhere!

Oregon: Boring

Boring, Oregon, is (ironically) known around Oregon for its entertaining attractions, including farms, boat rides, and an amusing Scottish festival every summer inspired by the town’s official partnership with Dull, Scotland. Oregon is also home to a town called Idiotville, which is probably filled with intelligent people. Stop being so down on yourself, Oregon!

Pennsylvania: Puzzletown

How puzzling! No one knows why this town got its name. Maybe someday someone will put the pieces together.

Rhode Island: Woonsocket

According to this town’s website, there are only two Woonsockets in existence worldwide — and this town is proud to be the first. The name might sound silly, but it actually has Native American origins. It’s thought to be a mispronunciation of a few tribes’ names.

South Dakota: Plenty Bears

Plenty Bears is an adorably named unincorporated community in South Dakota where, theoretically, there are a good number of bears.

Tennessee: Nameless

Left: Map data ©2018 Google; Right: Brian Stansberry/Wikimedia Commons

If this town is Nameless, then we’re speechless.

Texas: DISH

Yes, DISH like the satellite company Dish Network. DISH, Texas, used to be called Clark. In exchange for renaming the town DISH, its couple hundred residents received free basic television for 10 years and a free digital video recorder from Dish Network. Twelve citizens showed up at the town meeting confirming the change, and not a single attendee objected. DISH, Texas, no longer gets free television from Dish Network — but the town name is still on.

Utah: Mexican Hat

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Mexican Hat, Utah, is named after a sombrero-shaped rock formation near its border. Unlike these popular Mexican food items, sombreros are a tradition of Mexico — so the town name isn’t racially insensitive like it may seem.

Vermont: Satans Kingdom

Whoever named this town was so maniacal that they omitted the apostrophe before the “s” — there are multiple Satans in this kingdom. Grammatical errors aside, the town was named after the explorer who discovered it was embittered to find rocks and dry land instead of the lush, fertile land he expected. Hellish luck, indeed.

Virginia: Dumfries

Left: Map data ©2018 Google; Right: Leonard J. DeFrancisci/Wikimedia Commons

Fries everywhere: “Hey! We’re not dumb!” We’re with you, fries. But this town name isn’t trying to be rude — it’s actually named after an identically named town in Scotland.

Washington: Mock City

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Nope, this city is real. Not a mock city at all. There was just some guy with the last name Mock and city officials decided to throw confusion to the wayside and name this very real town after him.

West Virginia: Lick Fork

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Hungry yet? West Virginia has an odd tendency to add the word “lick” to their town names — the state is also home to Buffalolick, Clover Lick, Pondlick, and Rocklick. Even if this town name whets your appetite, it’s not actually named for food at all. The name was evidently inspired by a nearby salt lick and a branch of a creek, which we don’t recommend you taste.

Wisconsin: Imalone

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A town name, or a cry for help?


23 European Desserts you MUST try before you die!

As far as I am concerned, dessert is the best part of any meal, and I always look forward to travelling around and experiencing as many of these local delights as possible. Asia has some incredible desserts and sweets, but Europe has many more famous desserts than any other continent on the planet, and this is unsurprising seeing as it was in Europe where dessert was first integrated into meal times.

Let’s look at 23 of the most tantalisingly tasty desserts from Europe, in alphabetical order, and if these aren’t good enough for you, then check out 23 MORE European Desserts you MUST try before you die!:

Banoffee Pie

Banoffee pie is an English dessert pie made from bananas, cream and toffee from boiled condensed milk, either on a pastry base or one made from crumbled biscuits and butter. It was invented by accident by two British chefs who were trying to amend a toffee pie from America.

Want to make Banoffee Pie yourself? Here is the recipe!

A Berliner Pfannkuchen is a traditional North German pastry similar to a doughnut with no central hole, made from sweet yeast dough fried in fat or oil, with a marmalade or jam filling and usually icing, powdered sugar or conventional sugar on top.

Want to make a Berliner yourself? Here is the recipe!

OMG! Black Forest Gateau!

Hailing from Bavaria in Germany, Black Forest Gateau (known in German as Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte) consists of several layers of chocolate cake, with whipped cream and cherries between each layer. Then the cake is decorated with additional whipped cream, maraschino cherries, and chocolate shavings.

Want to make Black Forest Gateau yourself? Here is the recipe!

Clafoutis, France.

Clafoutis is a baked French dessert of fruit, traditionally black cherries, arranged in a buttered dish and covered with a thick flan-like batter.

Want to make Clafoutis yourself? Here is the recipe!

Cremeschnitte, Croatia.

A cremeschnitte is a vanilla and custard cream cake dessert popular in several central-European countries, but it originated in Croatia. There are many regional variations, but they all include puff pastry base and custard cream.

Want to make Cremeschnitte yourself? Here is the recipe!

Crema Catalana

Crema Catalana, Spain.

Crema Catalana is a dessert consisting of a rich custard base topped with a contrasting layer of hard caramel. It is normally served at room temperature after being burnt by a torch before serving.

Want to make Crema Catalana yourself? Here is the recipe!

Crepe Suzette

Crêpe Suzette is a French dessert consisting of a crêpe with beurre Suzette, a sauce of caramelized sugar and butter, tangerine or orange juice, zest, and Grand Marnier or orange Curaçao liqueur on top, served flambé.

Want to make Crepe Suzette yourself? Here is the recipe!

Delicious Dondurma

Dondurma is the name given to a kind of ice cream in Turkey. Dondurma is much different to regular ice cream due to its thickness in texture. It is also much harder to melt than regular ice cream so it can be enjoyed in the typically hot Turkish summer.

Want to make Dondurma yourself? Here is the recipe!

It tastes better than it looks!

Eton Mess, United Kingdom.

Eton mess is a traditional English dessert consisting of a mixture of strawberries, pieces of meringue, and cream, which is traditionally served at Eton College’s annual cricket game against the pupils of Harrow School.

Want to make Eton Mess yourself? Here is the recipe!

Gelato – but which flavour?

Gelato is the Italian word for ice cream, derived from the Latin word “gelātus”. In English, this word commonly refers to varieties of ice cream made in a traditional Italian style.

Want to make Gelato yourself? Here is the recipe!

Loukoumades

Loukoumades, Greece.

Loukoumades are pastries made of deep fried dough soaked in sugar syrup or honey with cinnamon and sometimes sprinkled with sesame. These are very similar to Luqaimat in Arabic cuisine or Gulab Jamun from Indian cuisine.

Want to make Loukoumades yourself? Here is the recipe!

Colourful Macarons

Macarons, France.

A slightly cheeky addition to this list, as they can be eaten at any time of the day and not just for dessert, but macarons are certainly one of the most visually appealing desserts out there! Invented in France, the macarons’ hard exterior with soft filling is a perfect combination!

Want to make Macarons yourself? Here is the recipe!

Panna Cotta, Italy.

Panna cotta is an Italian dessert made by blending thick cream, egg white and honey. The blend is then baked in a bain-marie in a low oven.

Want to make Panna Cotta yourself? Here is the recipe!

Peches Melba

Peches Melba, France.

The Peach Melba is a dessert of peaches and raspberry sauce with vanilla ice cream. The dish was invented in 1892 by the French chef Auguste Escoffier at the Savoy Hotel in London to honour the Australian soprano, Nellie Melba.

Want to make Peches Melba yourself? Here is the recipe!

Profiteroles

Profiteroles, France.

The Profiteroles (sometimes called choux à la crème) is a French dessert choux pastry ball filled with whipped cream, pastry cream, custard, or ice cream.

Want to make Profiteroles yourself? Here is the recipe!

Ptichye Moloko, Russia.

Ptichye Moloko is a soft chocolate-covered candy filled with soft meringue (or milk soufflé). Its name means “bird’s milk”, a substance somewhat resembling milk, produced by certain birds to feed their young. Also very popular in Poland.

Want to make Ptichye Moloko yourself? Here is the recipe!

Runeberg Torttu, Finland.

Runeberg Torttu is a Finnish pastry flavoured with almonds and arrack or rum and it weighs about 100 grams. Raspberry jam inside a sugar ring is commonly placed on top of the tart.

Want to make Runeberg Torttu yourself? Here is the recipe!

Spotted Dick

Spotted Dick, United Kingdom.

Spotted dick is a cylindrical pudding popular in Britain, containing dried fruit and commonly served with custard. It is made from a flat sheet of suet pastry sprinkled with currants and raisins, which is then rolled up into a circular pudding.

Want to make Spotted Dick yourself? Here is the recipe!

Stollen, Germany.

Stollen is a sweet fruit cake containing dried fruit and often marzipan and covered with sugar, powdered sugar or icing sugar. The cake is usually made with chopped candied fruit, nuts, and spices.

Want to make Stollen yourself? Here is the recipe!

Sutlac

Sutlac, Turkey.

Sutlac is a Turkish rice pudding made from rice mixed with water or milk and other ingredients such as cinnamon and raisins. Although it can be eaten at all times of the day, when used as a dessert, it is commonly combined with a sweetener such as sugar.

Want to make Sutlac yourself? Here is the recipe!

Tarte Tatin

Tarte Tatin, France.

Tarte Tatin is an upside-down tart in which the fruit (usually apple) is caramelised in butter and sugar before the tart is baked. This is one of France’s national dishes.

Want to make Tarte Tatin yourself? Here is the recipe!

Tiramisu is pure Italiana!

Tiramisu, Italy.

Tiramisu is a popular coffee-flavoured Italian dessert. It is made of ladyfingers dipped in coffee, layered with a whipped mixture of eggs, sugar, and mascarpone cheese, flavoured with cocoa.

Want to make Tiramisu yourself? Here is the recipe!

Trifle

Trifle, United Kingdom.

Trifle is an English dessert dish made from thick custard, fruit, sponge cake, fruit juice or jelly, and whipped cream. These ingredients are usually arranged in layers. Trifle is a true summertime favourite!

Want to make Trifle yourself? Here is the recipe!

I must confess that if I had to pick 1 or 2, then Panna Cotta from Italy and Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte from Germany would be my choices. I could get very, very fat eating those two every day! So what is your favourite European dessert?

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23 European Desserts you MUST try before you die!

As far as I am concerned, dessert is the best part of any meal, and I always look forward to travelling around and experiencing as many of these local delights as possible. Asia has some incredible desserts and sweets, but Europe has many more famous desserts than any other continent on the planet, and this is unsurprising seeing as it was in Europe where dessert was first integrated into meal times.

Let’s look at 23 of the most tantalisingly tasty desserts from Europe, in alphabetical order, and if these aren’t good enough for you, then check out 23 MORE European Desserts you MUST try before you die!:

Banoffee Pie

Banoffee pie is an English dessert pie made from bananas, cream and toffee from boiled condensed milk, either on a pastry base or one made from crumbled biscuits and butter. It was invented by accident by two British chefs who were trying to amend a toffee pie from America.

Want to make Banoffee Pie yourself? Here is the recipe!

A Berliner Pfannkuchen is a traditional North German pastry similar to a doughnut with no central hole, made from sweet yeast dough fried in fat or oil, with a marmalade or jam filling and usually icing, powdered sugar or conventional sugar on top.

Want to make a Berliner yourself? Here is the recipe!

OMG! Black Forest Gateau!

Hailing from Bavaria in Germany, Black Forest Gateau (known in German as Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte) consists of several layers of chocolate cake, with whipped cream and cherries between each layer. Then the cake is decorated with additional whipped cream, maraschino cherries, and chocolate shavings.

Want to make Black Forest Gateau yourself? Here is the recipe!

Clafoutis, France.

Clafoutis is a baked French dessert of fruit, traditionally black cherries, arranged in a buttered dish and covered with a thick flan-like batter.

Want to make Clafoutis yourself? Here is the recipe!

Cremeschnitte, Croatia.

A cremeschnitte is a vanilla and custard cream cake dessert popular in several central-European countries, but it originated in Croatia. There are many regional variations, but they all include puff pastry base and custard cream.

Want to make Cremeschnitte yourself? Here is the recipe!

Crema Catalana

Crema Catalana, Spain.

Crema Catalana is a dessert consisting of a rich custard base topped with a contrasting layer of hard caramel. It is normally served at room temperature after being burnt by a torch before serving.

Want to make Crema Catalana yourself? Here is the recipe!

Crepe Suzette

Crêpe Suzette is a French dessert consisting of a crêpe with beurre Suzette, a sauce of caramelized sugar and butter, tangerine or orange juice, zest, and Grand Marnier or orange Curaçao liqueur on top, served flambé.

Want to make Crepe Suzette yourself? Here is the recipe!

Delicious Dondurma

Dondurma is the name given to a kind of ice cream in Turkey. Dondurma is much different to regular ice cream due to its thickness in texture. It is also much harder to melt than regular ice cream so it can be enjoyed in the typically hot Turkish summer.

Want to make Dondurma yourself? Here is the recipe!

It tastes better than it looks!

Eton Mess, United Kingdom.

Eton mess is a traditional English dessert consisting of a mixture of strawberries, pieces of meringue, and cream, which is traditionally served at Eton College’s annual cricket game against the pupils of Harrow School.

Want to make Eton Mess yourself? Here is the recipe!

Gelato – but which flavour?

Gelato is the Italian word for ice cream, derived from the Latin word “gelātus”. In English, this word commonly refers to varieties of ice cream made in a traditional Italian style.

Want to make Gelato yourself? Here is the recipe!

Loukoumades

Loukoumades, Greece.

Loukoumades are pastries made of deep fried dough soaked in sugar syrup or honey with cinnamon and sometimes sprinkled with sesame. These are very similar to Luqaimat in Arabic cuisine or Gulab Jamun from Indian cuisine.

Want to make Loukoumades yourself? Here is the recipe!

Colourful Macarons

Macarons, France.

A slightly cheeky addition to this list, as they can be eaten at any time of the day and not just for dessert, but macarons are certainly one of the most visually appealing desserts out there! Invented in France, the macarons’ hard exterior with soft filling is a perfect combination!

Want to make Macarons yourself? Here is the recipe!

Panna Cotta, Italy.

Panna cotta is an Italian dessert made by blending thick cream, egg white and honey. The blend is then baked in a bain-marie in a low oven.

Want to make Panna Cotta yourself? Here is the recipe!

Peches Melba

Peches Melba, France.

The Peach Melba is a dessert of peaches and raspberry sauce with vanilla ice cream. The dish was invented in 1892 by the French chef Auguste Escoffier at the Savoy Hotel in London to honour the Australian soprano, Nellie Melba.

Want to make Peches Melba yourself? Here is the recipe!

Profiteroles

Profiteroles, France.

The Profiteroles (sometimes called choux à la crème) is a French dessert choux pastry ball filled with whipped cream, pastry cream, custard, or ice cream.

Want to make Profiteroles yourself? Here is the recipe!

Ptichye Moloko, Russia.

Ptichye Moloko is a soft chocolate-covered candy filled with soft meringue (or milk soufflé). Its name means “bird’s milk”, a substance somewhat resembling milk, produced by certain birds to feed their young. Also very popular in Poland.

Want to make Ptichye Moloko yourself? Here is the recipe!

Runeberg Torttu, Finland.

Runeberg Torttu is a Finnish pastry flavoured with almonds and arrack or rum and it weighs about 100 grams. Raspberry jam inside a sugar ring is commonly placed on top of the tart.

Want to make Runeberg Torttu yourself? Here is the recipe!

Spotted Dick

Spotted Dick, United Kingdom.

Spotted dick is a cylindrical pudding popular in Britain, containing dried fruit and commonly served with custard. It is made from a flat sheet of suet pastry sprinkled with currants and raisins, which is then rolled up into a circular pudding.

Want to make Spotted Dick yourself? Here is the recipe!

Stollen, Germany.

Stollen is a sweet fruit cake containing dried fruit and often marzipan and covered with sugar, powdered sugar or icing sugar. The cake is usually made with chopped candied fruit, nuts, and spices.

Want to make Stollen yourself? Here is the recipe!

Sutlac

Sutlac, Turkey.

Sutlac is a Turkish rice pudding made from rice mixed with water or milk and other ingredients such as cinnamon and raisins. Although it can be eaten at all times of the day, when used as a dessert, it is commonly combined with a sweetener such as sugar.

Want to make Sutlac yourself? Here is the recipe!

Tarte Tatin

Tarte Tatin, France.

Tarte Tatin is an upside-down tart in which the fruit (usually apple) is caramelised in butter and sugar before the tart is baked. This is one of France’s national dishes.

Want to make Tarte Tatin yourself? Here is the recipe!

Tiramisu is pure Italiana!

Tiramisu, Italy.

Tiramisu is a popular coffee-flavoured Italian dessert. It is made of ladyfingers dipped in coffee, layered with a whipped mixture of eggs, sugar, and mascarpone cheese, flavoured with cocoa.

Want to make Tiramisu yourself? Here is the recipe!

Trifle

Trifle, United Kingdom.

Trifle is an English dessert dish made from thick custard, fruit, sponge cake, fruit juice or jelly, and whipped cream. These ingredients are usually arranged in layers. Trifle is a true summertime favourite!

Want to make Trifle yourself? Here is the recipe!

I must confess that if I had to pick 1 or 2, then Panna Cotta from Italy and Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte from Germany would be my choices. I could get very, very fat eating those two every day! So what is your favourite European dessert?

Page last updated 13 January, 2018. Please report any dead links.


23 European Desserts you MUST try before you die!

As far as I am concerned, dessert is the best part of any meal, and I always look forward to travelling around and experiencing as many of these local delights as possible. Asia has some incredible desserts and sweets, but Europe has many more famous desserts than any other continent on the planet, and this is unsurprising seeing as it was in Europe where dessert was first integrated into meal times.

Let’s look at 23 of the most tantalisingly tasty desserts from Europe, in alphabetical order, and if these aren’t good enough for you, then check out 23 MORE European Desserts you MUST try before you die!:

Banoffee Pie

Banoffee pie is an English dessert pie made from bananas, cream and toffee from boiled condensed milk, either on a pastry base or one made from crumbled biscuits and butter. It was invented by accident by two British chefs who were trying to amend a toffee pie from America.

Want to make Banoffee Pie yourself? Here is the recipe!

A Berliner Pfannkuchen is a traditional North German pastry similar to a doughnut with no central hole, made from sweet yeast dough fried in fat or oil, with a marmalade or jam filling and usually icing, powdered sugar or conventional sugar on top.

Want to make a Berliner yourself? Here is the recipe!

OMG! Black Forest Gateau!

Hailing from Bavaria in Germany, Black Forest Gateau (known in German as Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte) consists of several layers of chocolate cake, with whipped cream and cherries between each layer. Then the cake is decorated with additional whipped cream, maraschino cherries, and chocolate shavings.

Want to make Black Forest Gateau yourself? Here is the recipe!

Clafoutis, France.

Clafoutis is a baked French dessert of fruit, traditionally black cherries, arranged in a buttered dish and covered with a thick flan-like batter.

Want to make Clafoutis yourself? Here is the recipe!

Cremeschnitte, Croatia.

A cremeschnitte is a vanilla and custard cream cake dessert popular in several central-European countries, but it originated in Croatia. There are many regional variations, but they all include puff pastry base and custard cream.

Want to make Cremeschnitte yourself? Here is the recipe!

Crema Catalana

Crema Catalana, Spain.

Crema Catalana is a dessert consisting of a rich custard base topped with a contrasting layer of hard caramel. It is normally served at room temperature after being burnt by a torch before serving.

Want to make Crema Catalana yourself? Here is the recipe!

Crepe Suzette

Crêpe Suzette is a French dessert consisting of a crêpe with beurre Suzette, a sauce of caramelized sugar and butter, tangerine or orange juice, zest, and Grand Marnier or orange Curaçao liqueur on top, served flambé.

Want to make Crepe Suzette yourself? Here is the recipe!

Delicious Dondurma

Dondurma is the name given to a kind of ice cream in Turkey. Dondurma is much different to regular ice cream due to its thickness in texture. It is also much harder to melt than regular ice cream so it can be enjoyed in the typically hot Turkish summer.

Want to make Dondurma yourself? Here is the recipe!

It tastes better than it looks!

Eton Mess, United Kingdom.

Eton mess is a traditional English dessert consisting of a mixture of strawberries, pieces of meringue, and cream, which is traditionally served at Eton College’s annual cricket game against the pupils of Harrow School.

Want to make Eton Mess yourself? Here is the recipe!

Gelato – but which flavour?

Gelato is the Italian word for ice cream, derived from the Latin word “gelātus”. In English, this word commonly refers to varieties of ice cream made in a traditional Italian style.

Want to make Gelato yourself? Here is the recipe!

Loukoumades

Loukoumades, Greece.

Loukoumades are pastries made of deep fried dough soaked in sugar syrup or honey with cinnamon and sometimes sprinkled with sesame. These are very similar to Luqaimat in Arabic cuisine or Gulab Jamun from Indian cuisine.

Want to make Loukoumades yourself? Here is the recipe!

Colourful Macarons

Macarons, France.

A slightly cheeky addition to this list, as they can be eaten at any time of the day and not just for dessert, but macarons are certainly one of the most visually appealing desserts out there! Invented in France, the macarons’ hard exterior with soft filling is a perfect combination!

Want to make Macarons yourself? Here is the recipe!

Panna Cotta, Italy.

Panna cotta is an Italian dessert made by blending thick cream, egg white and honey. The blend is then baked in a bain-marie in a low oven.

Want to make Panna Cotta yourself? Here is the recipe!

Peches Melba

Peches Melba, France.

The Peach Melba is a dessert of peaches and raspberry sauce with vanilla ice cream. The dish was invented in 1892 by the French chef Auguste Escoffier at the Savoy Hotel in London to honour the Australian soprano, Nellie Melba.

Want to make Peches Melba yourself? Here is the recipe!

Profiteroles

Profiteroles, France.

The Profiteroles (sometimes called choux à la crème) is a French dessert choux pastry ball filled with whipped cream, pastry cream, custard, or ice cream.

Want to make Profiteroles yourself? Here is the recipe!

Ptichye Moloko, Russia.

Ptichye Moloko is a soft chocolate-covered candy filled with soft meringue (or milk soufflé). Its name means “bird’s milk”, a substance somewhat resembling milk, produced by certain birds to feed their young. Also very popular in Poland.

Want to make Ptichye Moloko yourself? Here is the recipe!

Runeberg Torttu, Finland.

Runeberg Torttu is a Finnish pastry flavoured with almonds and arrack or rum and it weighs about 100 grams. Raspberry jam inside a sugar ring is commonly placed on top of the tart.

Want to make Runeberg Torttu yourself? Here is the recipe!

Spotted Dick

Spotted Dick, United Kingdom.

Spotted dick is a cylindrical pudding popular in Britain, containing dried fruit and commonly served with custard. It is made from a flat sheet of suet pastry sprinkled with currants and raisins, which is then rolled up into a circular pudding.

Want to make Spotted Dick yourself? Here is the recipe!

Stollen, Germany.

Stollen is a sweet fruit cake containing dried fruit and often marzipan and covered with sugar, powdered sugar or icing sugar. The cake is usually made with chopped candied fruit, nuts, and spices.

Want to make Stollen yourself? Here is the recipe!

Sutlac

Sutlac, Turkey.

Sutlac is a Turkish rice pudding made from rice mixed with water or milk and other ingredients such as cinnamon and raisins. Although it can be eaten at all times of the day, when used as a dessert, it is commonly combined with a sweetener such as sugar.

Want to make Sutlac yourself? Here is the recipe!

Tarte Tatin

Tarte Tatin, France.

Tarte Tatin is an upside-down tart in which the fruit (usually apple) is caramelised in butter and sugar before the tart is baked. This is one of France’s national dishes.

Want to make Tarte Tatin yourself? Here is the recipe!

Tiramisu is pure Italiana!

Tiramisu, Italy.

Tiramisu is a popular coffee-flavoured Italian dessert. It is made of ladyfingers dipped in coffee, layered with a whipped mixture of eggs, sugar, and mascarpone cheese, flavoured with cocoa.

Want to make Tiramisu yourself? Here is the recipe!

Trifle

Trifle, United Kingdom.

Trifle is an English dessert dish made from thick custard, fruit, sponge cake, fruit juice or jelly, and whipped cream. These ingredients are usually arranged in layers. Trifle is a true summertime favourite!

Want to make Trifle yourself? Here is the recipe!

I must confess that if I had to pick 1 or 2, then Panna Cotta from Italy and Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte from Germany would be my choices. I could get very, very fat eating those two every day! So what is your favourite European dessert?

Page last updated 13 January, 2018. Please report any dead links.


23 European Desserts you MUST try before you die!

As far as I am concerned, dessert is the best part of any meal, and I always look forward to travelling around and experiencing as many of these local delights as possible. Asia has some incredible desserts and sweets, but Europe has many more famous desserts than any other continent on the planet, and this is unsurprising seeing as it was in Europe where dessert was first integrated into meal times.

Let’s look at 23 of the most tantalisingly tasty desserts from Europe, in alphabetical order, and if these aren’t good enough for you, then check out 23 MORE European Desserts you MUST try before you die!:

Banoffee Pie

Banoffee pie is an English dessert pie made from bananas, cream and toffee from boiled condensed milk, either on a pastry base or one made from crumbled biscuits and butter. It was invented by accident by two British chefs who were trying to amend a toffee pie from America.

Want to make Banoffee Pie yourself? Here is the recipe!

A Berliner Pfannkuchen is a traditional North German pastry similar to a doughnut with no central hole, made from sweet yeast dough fried in fat or oil, with a marmalade or jam filling and usually icing, powdered sugar or conventional sugar on top.

Want to make a Berliner yourself? Here is the recipe!

OMG! Black Forest Gateau!

Hailing from Bavaria in Germany, Black Forest Gateau (known in German as Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte) consists of several layers of chocolate cake, with whipped cream and cherries between each layer. Then the cake is decorated with additional whipped cream, maraschino cherries, and chocolate shavings.

Want to make Black Forest Gateau yourself? Here is the recipe!

Clafoutis, France.

Clafoutis is a baked French dessert of fruit, traditionally black cherries, arranged in a buttered dish and covered with a thick flan-like batter.

Want to make Clafoutis yourself? Here is the recipe!

Cremeschnitte, Croatia.

A cremeschnitte is a vanilla and custard cream cake dessert popular in several central-European countries, but it originated in Croatia. There are many regional variations, but they all include puff pastry base and custard cream.

Want to make Cremeschnitte yourself? Here is the recipe!

Crema Catalana

Crema Catalana, Spain.

Crema Catalana is a dessert consisting of a rich custard base topped with a contrasting layer of hard caramel. It is normally served at room temperature after being burnt by a torch before serving.

Want to make Crema Catalana yourself? Here is the recipe!

Crepe Suzette

Crêpe Suzette is a French dessert consisting of a crêpe with beurre Suzette, a sauce of caramelized sugar and butter, tangerine or orange juice, zest, and Grand Marnier or orange Curaçao liqueur on top, served flambé.

Want to make Crepe Suzette yourself? Here is the recipe!

Delicious Dondurma

Dondurma is the name given to a kind of ice cream in Turkey. Dondurma is much different to regular ice cream due to its thickness in texture. It is also much harder to melt than regular ice cream so it can be enjoyed in the typically hot Turkish summer.

Want to make Dondurma yourself? Here is the recipe!

It tastes better than it looks!

Eton Mess, United Kingdom.

Eton mess is a traditional English dessert consisting of a mixture of strawberries, pieces of meringue, and cream, which is traditionally served at Eton College’s annual cricket game against the pupils of Harrow School.

Want to make Eton Mess yourself? Here is the recipe!

Gelato – but which flavour?

Gelato is the Italian word for ice cream, derived from the Latin word “gelātus”. In English, this word commonly refers to varieties of ice cream made in a traditional Italian style.

Want to make Gelato yourself? Here is the recipe!

Loukoumades

Loukoumades, Greece.

Loukoumades are pastries made of deep fried dough soaked in sugar syrup or honey with cinnamon and sometimes sprinkled with sesame. These are very similar to Luqaimat in Arabic cuisine or Gulab Jamun from Indian cuisine.

Want to make Loukoumades yourself? Here is the recipe!

Colourful Macarons

Macarons, France.

A slightly cheeky addition to this list, as they can be eaten at any time of the day and not just for dessert, but macarons are certainly one of the most visually appealing desserts out there! Invented in France, the macarons’ hard exterior with soft filling is a perfect combination!

Want to make Macarons yourself? Here is the recipe!

Panna Cotta, Italy.

Panna cotta is an Italian dessert made by blending thick cream, egg white and honey. The blend is then baked in a bain-marie in a low oven.

Want to make Panna Cotta yourself? Here is the recipe!

Peches Melba

Peches Melba, France.

The Peach Melba is a dessert of peaches and raspberry sauce with vanilla ice cream. The dish was invented in 1892 by the French chef Auguste Escoffier at the Savoy Hotel in London to honour the Australian soprano, Nellie Melba.

Want to make Peches Melba yourself? Here is the recipe!

Profiteroles

Profiteroles, France.

The Profiteroles (sometimes called choux à la crème) is a French dessert choux pastry ball filled with whipped cream, pastry cream, custard, or ice cream.

Want to make Profiteroles yourself? Here is the recipe!

Ptichye Moloko, Russia.

Ptichye Moloko is a soft chocolate-covered candy filled with soft meringue (or milk soufflé). Its name means “bird’s milk”, a substance somewhat resembling milk, produced by certain birds to feed their young. Also very popular in Poland.

Want to make Ptichye Moloko yourself? Here is the recipe!

Runeberg Torttu, Finland.

Runeberg Torttu is a Finnish pastry flavoured with almonds and arrack or rum and it weighs about 100 grams. Raspberry jam inside a sugar ring is commonly placed on top of the tart.

Want to make Runeberg Torttu yourself? Here is the recipe!

Spotted Dick

Spotted Dick, United Kingdom.

Spotted dick is a cylindrical pudding popular in Britain, containing dried fruit and commonly served with custard. It is made from a flat sheet of suet pastry sprinkled with currants and raisins, which is then rolled up into a circular pudding.

Want to make Spotted Dick yourself? Here is the recipe!

Stollen, Germany.

Stollen is a sweet fruit cake containing dried fruit and often marzipan and covered with sugar, powdered sugar or icing sugar. The cake is usually made with chopped candied fruit, nuts, and spices.

Want to make Stollen yourself? Here is the recipe!

Sutlac

Sutlac, Turkey.

Sutlac is a Turkish rice pudding made from rice mixed with water or milk and other ingredients such as cinnamon and raisins. Although it can be eaten at all times of the day, when used as a dessert, it is commonly combined with a sweetener such as sugar.

Want to make Sutlac yourself? Here is the recipe!

Tarte Tatin

Tarte Tatin, France.

Tarte Tatin is an upside-down tart in which the fruit (usually apple) is caramelised in butter and sugar before the tart is baked. This is one of France’s national dishes.

Want to make Tarte Tatin yourself? Here is the recipe!

Tiramisu is pure Italiana!

Tiramisu, Italy.

Tiramisu is a popular coffee-flavoured Italian dessert. It is made of ladyfingers dipped in coffee, layered with a whipped mixture of eggs, sugar, and mascarpone cheese, flavoured with cocoa.

Want to make Tiramisu yourself? Here is the recipe!

Trifle

Trifle, United Kingdom.

Trifle is an English dessert dish made from thick custard, fruit, sponge cake, fruit juice or jelly, and whipped cream. These ingredients are usually arranged in layers. Trifle is a true summertime favourite!

Want to make Trifle yourself? Here is the recipe!

I must confess that if I had to pick 1 or 2, then Panna Cotta from Italy and Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte from Germany would be my choices. I could get very, very fat eating those two every day! So what is your favourite European dessert?

Page last updated 13 January, 2018. Please report any dead links.


23 European Desserts you MUST try before you die!

As far as I am concerned, dessert is the best part of any meal, and I always look forward to travelling around and experiencing as many of these local delights as possible. Asia has some incredible desserts and sweets, but Europe has many more famous desserts than any other continent on the planet, and this is unsurprising seeing as it was in Europe where dessert was first integrated into meal times.

Let’s look at 23 of the most tantalisingly tasty desserts from Europe, in alphabetical order, and if these aren’t good enough for you, then check out 23 MORE European Desserts you MUST try before you die!:

Banoffee Pie

Banoffee pie is an English dessert pie made from bananas, cream and toffee from boiled condensed milk, either on a pastry base or one made from crumbled biscuits and butter. It was invented by accident by two British chefs who were trying to amend a toffee pie from America.

Want to make Banoffee Pie yourself? Here is the recipe!

A Berliner Pfannkuchen is a traditional North German pastry similar to a doughnut with no central hole, made from sweet yeast dough fried in fat or oil, with a marmalade or jam filling and usually icing, powdered sugar or conventional sugar on top.

Want to make a Berliner yourself? Here is the recipe!

OMG! Black Forest Gateau!

Hailing from Bavaria in Germany, Black Forest Gateau (known in German as Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte) consists of several layers of chocolate cake, with whipped cream and cherries between each layer. Then the cake is decorated with additional whipped cream, maraschino cherries, and chocolate shavings.

Want to make Black Forest Gateau yourself? Here is the recipe!

Clafoutis, France.

Clafoutis is a baked French dessert of fruit, traditionally black cherries, arranged in a buttered dish and covered with a thick flan-like batter.

Want to make Clafoutis yourself? Here is the recipe!

Cremeschnitte, Croatia.

A cremeschnitte is a vanilla and custard cream cake dessert popular in several central-European countries, but it originated in Croatia. There are many regional variations, but they all include puff pastry base and custard cream.

Want to make Cremeschnitte yourself? Here is the recipe!

Crema Catalana

Crema Catalana, Spain.

Crema Catalana is a dessert consisting of a rich custard base topped with a contrasting layer of hard caramel. It is normally served at room temperature after being burnt by a torch before serving.

Want to make Crema Catalana yourself? Here is the recipe!

Crepe Suzette

Crêpe Suzette is a French dessert consisting of a crêpe with beurre Suzette, a sauce of caramelized sugar and butter, tangerine or orange juice, zest, and Grand Marnier or orange Curaçao liqueur on top, served flambé.

Want to make Crepe Suzette yourself? Here is the recipe!

Delicious Dondurma

Dondurma is the name given to a kind of ice cream in Turkey. Dondurma is much different to regular ice cream due to its thickness in texture. It is also much harder to melt than regular ice cream so it can be enjoyed in the typically hot Turkish summer.

Want to make Dondurma yourself? Here is the recipe!

It tastes better than it looks!

Eton Mess, United Kingdom.

Eton mess is a traditional English dessert consisting of a mixture of strawberries, pieces of meringue, and cream, which is traditionally served at Eton College’s annual cricket game against the pupils of Harrow School.

Want to make Eton Mess yourself? Here is the recipe!

Gelato – but which flavour?

Gelato is the Italian word for ice cream, derived from the Latin word “gelātus”. In English, this word commonly refers to varieties of ice cream made in a traditional Italian style.

Want to make Gelato yourself? Here is the recipe!

Loukoumades

Loukoumades, Greece.

Loukoumades are pastries made of deep fried dough soaked in sugar syrup or honey with cinnamon and sometimes sprinkled with sesame. These are very similar to Luqaimat in Arabic cuisine or Gulab Jamun from Indian cuisine.

Want to make Loukoumades yourself? Here is the recipe!

Colourful Macarons

Macarons, France.

A slightly cheeky addition to this list, as they can be eaten at any time of the day and not just for dessert, but macarons are certainly one of the most visually appealing desserts out there! Invented in France, the macarons’ hard exterior with soft filling is a perfect combination!

Want to make Macarons yourself? Here is the recipe!

Panna Cotta, Italy.

Panna cotta is an Italian dessert made by blending thick cream, egg white and honey. The blend is then baked in a bain-marie in a low oven.

Want to make Panna Cotta yourself? Here is the recipe!

Peches Melba

Peches Melba, France.

The Peach Melba is a dessert of peaches and raspberry sauce with vanilla ice cream. The dish was invented in 1892 by the French chef Auguste Escoffier at the Savoy Hotel in London to honour the Australian soprano, Nellie Melba.

Want to make Peches Melba yourself? Here is the recipe!

Profiteroles

Profiteroles, France.

The Profiteroles (sometimes called choux à la crème) is a French dessert choux pastry ball filled with whipped cream, pastry cream, custard, or ice cream.

Want to make Profiteroles yourself? Here is the recipe!

Ptichye Moloko, Russia.

Ptichye Moloko is a soft chocolate-covered candy filled with soft meringue (or milk soufflé). Its name means “bird’s milk”, a substance somewhat resembling milk, produced by certain birds to feed their young. Also very popular in Poland.

Want to make Ptichye Moloko yourself? Here is the recipe!

Runeberg Torttu, Finland.

Runeberg Torttu is a Finnish pastry flavoured with almonds and arrack or rum and it weighs about 100 grams. Raspberry jam inside a sugar ring is commonly placed on top of the tart.

Want to make Runeberg Torttu yourself? Here is the recipe!

Spotted Dick

Spotted Dick, United Kingdom.

Spotted dick is a cylindrical pudding popular in Britain, containing dried fruit and commonly served with custard. It is made from a flat sheet of suet pastry sprinkled with currants and raisins, which is then rolled up into a circular pudding.

Want to make Spotted Dick yourself? Here is the recipe!

Stollen, Germany.

Stollen is a sweet fruit cake containing dried fruit and often marzipan and covered with sugar, powdered sugar or icing sugar. The cake is usually made with chopped candied fruit, nuts, and spices.

Want to make Stollen yourself? Here is the recipe!

Sutlac

Sutlac, Turkey.

Sutlac is a Turkish rice pudding made from rice mixed with water or milk and other ingredients such as cinnamon and raisins. Although it can be eaten at all times of the day, when used as a dessert, it is commonly combined with a sweetener such as sugar.

Want to make Sutlac yourself? Here is the recipe!

Tarte Tatin

Tarte Tatin, France.

Tarte Tatin is an upside-down tart in which the fruit (usually apple) is caramelised in butter and sugar before the tart is baked. This is one of France’s national dishes.

Want to make Tarte Tatin yourself? Here is the recipe!

Tiramisu is pure Italiana!

Tiramisu, Italy.

Tiramisu is a popular coffee-flavoured Italian dessert. It is made of ladyfingers dipped in coffee, layered with a whipped mixture of eggs, sugar, and mascarpone cheese, flavoured with cocoa.

Want to make Tiramisu yourself? Here is the recipe!

Trifle

Trifle, United Kingdom.

Trifle is an English dessert dish made from thick custard, fruit, sponge cake, fruit juice or jelly, and whipped cream. These ingredients are usually arranged in layers. Trifle is a true summertime favourite!

Want to make Trifle yourself? Here is the recipe!

I must confess that if I had to pick 1 or 2, then Panna Cotta from Italy and Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte from Germany would be my choices. I could get very, very fat eating those two every day! So what is your favourite European dessert?

Page last updated 13 January, 2018. Please report any dead links.


23 European Desserts you MUST try before you die!

As far as I am concerned, dessert is the best part of any meal, and I always look forward to travelling around and experiencing as many of these local delights as possible. Asia has some incredible desserts and sweets, but Europe has many more famous desserts than any other continent on the planet, and this is unsurprising seeing as it was in Europe where dessert was first integrated into meal times.

Let’s look at 23 of the most tantalisingly tasty desserts from Europe, in alphabetical order, and if these aren’t good enough for you, then check out 23 MORE European Desserts you MUST try before you die!:

Banoffee Pie

Banoffee pie is an English dessert pie made from bananas, cream and toffee from boiled condensed milk, either on a pastry base or one made from crumbled biscuits and butter. It was invented by accident by two British chefs who were trying to amend a toffee pie from America.

Want to make Banoffee Pie yourself? Here is the recipe!

A Berliner Pfannkuchen is a traditional North German pastry similar to a doughnut with no central hole, made from sweet yeast dough fried in fat or oil, with a marmalade or jam filling and usually icing, powdered sugar or conventional sugar on top.

Want to make a Berliner yourself? Here is the recipe!

OMG! Black Forest Gateau!

Hailing from Bavaria in Germany, Black Forest Gateau (known in German as Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte) consists of several layers of chocolate cake, with whipped cream and cherries between each layer. Then the cake is decorated with additional whipped cream, maraschino cherries, and chocolate shavings.

Want to make Black Forest Gateau yourself? Here is the recipe!

Clafoutis, France.

Clafoutis is a baked French dessert of fruit, traditionally black cherries, arranged in a buttered dish and covered with a thick flan-like batter.

Want to make Clafoutis yourself? Here is the recipe!

Cremeschnitte, Croatia.

A cremeschnitte is a vanilla and custard cream cake dessert popular in several central-European countries, but it originated in Croatia. There are many regional variations, but they all include puff pastry base and custard cream.

Want to make Cremeschnitte yourself? Here is the recipe!

Crema Catalana

Crema Catalana, Spain.

Crema Catalana is a dessert consisting of a rich custard base topped with a contrasting layer of hard caramel. It is normally served at room temperature after being burnt by a torch before serving.

Want to make Crema Catalana yourself? Here is the recipe!

Crepe Suzette

Crêpe Suzette is a French dessert consisting of a crêpe with beurre Suzette, a sauce of caramelized sugar and butter, tangerine or orange juice, zest, and Grand Marnier or orange Curaçao liqueur on top, served flambé.

Want to make Crepe Suzette yourself? Here is the recipe!

Delicious Dondurma

Dondurma is the name given to a kind of ice cream in Turkey. Dondurma is much different to regular ice cream due to its thickness in texture. It is also much harder to melt than regular ice cream so it can be enjoyed in the typically hot Turkish summer.

Want to make Dondurma yourself? Here is the recipe!

It tastes better than it looks!

Eton Mess, United Kingdom.

Eton mess is a traditional English dessert consisting of a mixture of strawberries, pieces of meringue, and cream, which is traditionally served at Eton College’s annual cricket game against the pupils of Harrow School.

Want to make Eton Mess yourself? Here is the recipe!

Gelato – but which flavour?

Gelato is the Italian word for ice cream, derived from the Latin word “gelātus”. In English, this word commonly refers to varieties of ice cream made in a traditional Italian style.

Want to make Gelato yourself? Here is the recipe!

Loukoumades

Loukoumades, Greece.

Loukoumades are pastries made of deep fried dough soaked in sugar syrup or honey with cinnamon and sometimes sprinkled with sesame. These are very similar to Luqaimat in Arabic cuisine or Gulab Jamun from Indian cuisine.

Want to make Loukoumades yourself? Here is the recipe!

Colourful Macarons

Macarons, France.

A slightly cheeky addition to this list, as they can be eaten at any time of the day and not just for dessert, but macarons are certainly one of the most visually appealing desserts out there! Invented in France, the macarons’ hard exterior with soft filling is a perfect combination!

Want to make Macarons yourself? Here is the recipe!

Panna Cotta, Italy.

Panna cotta is an Italian dessert made by blending thick cream, egg white and honey. The blend is then baked in a bain-marie in a low oven.

Want to make Panna Cotta yourself? Here is the recipe!

Peches Melba

Peches Melba, France.

The Peach Melba is a dessert of peaches and raspberry sauce with vanilla ice cream. The dish was invented in 1892 by the French chef Auguste Escoffier at the Savoy Hotel in London to honour the Australian soprano, Nellie Melba.

Want to make Peches Melba yourself? Here is the recipe!

Profiteroles

Profiteroles, France.

The Profiteroles (sometimes called choux à la crème) is a French dessert choux pastry ball filled with whipped cream, pastry cream, custard, or ice cream.

Want to make Profiteroles yourself? Here is the recipe!

Ptichye Moloko, Russia.

Ptichye Moloko is a soft chocolate-covered candy filled with soft meringue (or milk soufflé). Its name means “bird’s milk”, a substance somewhat resembling milk, produced by certain birds to feed their young. Also very popular in Poland.

Want to make Ptichye Moloko yourself? Here is the recipe!

Runeberg Torttu, Finland.

Runeberg Torttu is a Finnish pastry flavoured with almonds and arrack or rum and it weighs about 100 grams. Raspberry jam inside a sugar ring is commonly placed on top of the tart.

Want to make Runeberg Torttu yourself? Here is the recipe!

Spotted Dick

Spotted Dick, United Kingdom.

Spotted dick is a cylindrical pudding popular in Britain, containing dried fruit and commonly served with custard. It is made from a flat sheet of suet pastry sprinkled with currants and raisins, which is then rolled up into a circular pudding.

Want to make Spotted Dick yourself? Here is the recipe!

Stollen, Germany.

Stollen is a sweet fruit cake containing dried fruit and often marzipan and covered with sugar, powdered sugar or icing sugar. The cake is usually made with chopped candied fruit, nuts, and spices.

Want to make Stollen yourself? Here is the recipe!

Sutlac

Sutlac, Turkey.

Sutlac is a Turkish rice pudding made from rice mixed with water or milk and other ingredients such as cinnamon and raisins. Although it can be eaten at all times of the day, when used as a dessert, it is commonly combined with a sweetener such as sugar.

Want to make Sutlac yourself? Here is the recipe!

Tarte Tatin

Tarte Tatin, France.

Tarte Tatin is an upside-down tart in which the fruit (usually apple) is caramelised in butter and sugar before the tart is baked. This is one of France’s national dishes.

Want to make Tarte Tatin yourself? Here is the recipe!

Tiramisu is pure Italiana!

Tiramisu, Italy.

Tiramisu is a popular coffee-flavoured Italian dessert. It is made of ladyfingers dipped in coffee, layered with a whipped mixture of eggs, sugar, and mascarpone cheese, flavoured with cocoa.

Want to make Tiramisu yourself? Here is the recipe!

Trifle

Trifle, United Kingdom.

Trifle is an English dessert dish made from thick custard, fruit, sponge cake, fruit juice or jelly, and whipped cream. These ingredients are usually arranged in layers. Trifle is a true summertime favourite!

Want to make Trifle yourself? Here is the recipe!

I must confess that if I had to pick 1 or 2, then Panna Cotta from Italy and Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte from Germany would be my choices. I could get very, very fat eating those two every day! So what is your favourite European dessert?

Page last updated 13 January, 2018. Please report any dead links.


23 European Desserts you MUST try before you die!

As far as I am concerned, dessert is the best part of any meal, and I always look forward to travelling around and experiencing as many of these local delights as possible. Asia has some incredible desserts and sweets, but Europe has many more famous desserts than any other continent on the planet, and this is unsurprising seeing as it was in Europe where dessert was first integrated into meal times.

Let’s look at 23 of the most tantalisingly tasty desserts from Europe, in alphabetical order, and if these aren’t good enough for you, then check out 23 MORE European Desserts you MUST try before you die!:

Banoffee Pie

Banoffee pie is an English dessert pie made from bananas, cream and toffee from boiled condensed milk, either on a pastry base or one made from crumbled biscuits and butter. It was invented by accident by two British chefs who were trying to amend a toffee pie from America.

Want to make Banoffee Pie yourself? Here is the recipe!

A Berliner Pfannkuchen is a traditional North German pastry similar to a doughnut with no central hole, made from sweet yeast dough fried in fat or oil, with a marmalade or jam filling and usually icing, powdered sugar or conventional sugar on top.

Want to make a Berliner yourself? Here is the recipe!

OMG! Black Forest Gateau!

Hailing from Bavaria in Germany, Black Forest Gateau (known in German as Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte) consists of several layers of chocolate cake, with whipped cream and cherries between each layer. Then the cake is decorated with additional whipped cream, maraschino cherries, and chocolate shavings.

Want to make Black Forest Gateau yourself? Here is the recipe!

Clafoutis, France.

Clafoutis is a baked French dessert of fruit, traditionally black cherries, arranged in a buttered dish and covered with a thick flan-like batter.

Want to make Clafoutis yourself? Here is the recipe!

Cremeschnitte, Croatia.

A cremeschnitte is a vanilla and custard cream cake dessert popular in several central-European countries, but it originated in Croatia. There are many regional variations, but they all include puff pastry base and custard cream.

Want to make Cremeschnitte yourself? Here is the recipe!

Crema Catalana

Crema Catalana, Spain.

Crema Catalana is a dessert consisting of a rich custard base topped with a contrasting layer of hard caramel. It is normally served at room temperature after being burnt by a torch before serving.

Want to make Crema Catalana yourself? Here is the recipe!

Crepe Suzette

Crêpe Suzette is a French dessert consisting of a crêpe with beurre Suzette, a sauce of caramelized sugar and butter, tangerine or orange juice, zest, and Grand Marnier or orange Curaçao liqueur on top, served flambé.

Want to make Crepe Suzette yourself? Here is the recipe!

Delicious Dondurma

Dondurma is the name given to a kind of ice cream in Turkey. Dondurma is much different to regular ice cream due to its thickness in texture. It is also much harder to melt than regular ice cream so it can be enjoyed in the typically hot Turkish summer.

Want to make Dondurma yourself? Here is the recipe!

It tastes better than it looks!

Eton Mess, United Kingdom.

Eton mess is a traditional English dessert consisting of a mixture of strawberries, pieces of meringue, and cream, which is traditionally served at Eton College’s annual cricket game against the pupils of Harrow School.

Want to make Eton Mess yourself? Here is the recipe!

Gelato – but which flavour?

Gelato is the Italian word for ice cream, derived from the Latin word “gelātus”. In English, this word commonly refers to varieties of ice cream made in a traditional Italian style.

Want to make Gelato yourself? Here is the recipe!

Loukoumades

Loukoumades, Greece.

Loukoumades are pastries made of deep fried dough soaked in sugar syrup or honey with cinnamon and sometimes sprinkled with sesame. These are very similar to Luqaimat in Arabic cuisine or Gulab Jamun from Indian cuisine.

Want to make Loukoumades yourself? Here is the recipe!

Colourful Macarons

Macarons, France.

A slightly cheeky addition to this list, as they can be eaten at any time of the day and not just for dessert, but macarons are certainly one of the most visually appealing desserts out there! Invented in France, the macarons’ hard exterior with soft filling is a perfect combination!

Want to make Macarons yourself? Here is the recipe!

Panna Cotta, Italy.

Panna cotta is an Italian dessert made by blending thick cream, egg white and honey. The blend is then baked in a bain-marie in a low oven.

Want to make Panna Cotta yourself? Here is the recipe!

Peches Melba

Peches Melba, France.

The Peach Melba is a dessert of peaches and raspberry sauce with vanilla ice cream. The dish was invented in 1892 by the French chef Auguste Escoffier at the Savoy Hotel in London to honour the Australian soprano, Nellie Melba.

Want to make Peches Melba yourself? Here is the recipe!

Profiteroles

Profiteroles, France.

The Profiteroles (sometimes called choux à la crème) is a French dessert choux pastry ball filled with whipped cream, pastry cream, custard, or ice cream.

Want to make Profiteroles yourself? Here is the recipe!

Ptichye Moloko, Russia.

Ptichye Moloko is a soft chocolate-covered candy filled with soft meringue (or milk soufflé). Its name means “bird’s milk”, a substance somewhat resembling milk, produced by certain birds to feed their young. Also very popular in Poland.

Want to make Ptichye Moloko yourself? Here is the recipe!

Runeberg Torttu, Finland.

Runeberg Torttu is a Finnish pastry flavoured with almonds and arrack or rum and it weighs about 100 grams. Raspberry jam inside a sugar ring is commonly placed on top of the tart.

Want to make Runeberg Torttu yourself? Here is the recipe!

Spotted Dick

Spotted Dick, United Kingdom.

Spotted dick is a cylindrical pudding popular in Britain, containing dried fruit and commonly served with custard. It is made from a flat sheet of suet pastry sprinkled with currants and raisins, which is then rolled up into a circular pudding.

Want to make Spotted Dick yourself? Here is the recipe!

Stollen, Germany.

Stollen is a sweet fruit cake containing dried fruit and often marzipan and covered with sugar, powdered sugar or icing sugar. The cake is usually made with chopped candied fruit, nuts, and spices.

Want to make Stollen yourself? Here is the recipe!

Sutlac

Sutlac, Turkey.

Sutlac is a Turkish rice pudding made from rice mixed with water or milk and other ingredients such as cinnamon and raisins. Although it can be eaten at all times of the day, when used as a dessert, it is commonly combined with a sweetener such as sugar.

Want to make Sutlac yourself? Here is the recipe!

Tarte Tatin

Tarte Tatin, France.

Tarte Tatin is an upside-down tart in which the fruit (usually apple) is caramelised in butter and sugar before the tart is baked. This is one of France’s national dishes.

Want to make Tarte Tatin yourself? Here is the recipe!

Tiramisu is pure Italiana!

Tiramisu, Italy.

Tiramisu is a popular coffee-flavoured Italian dessert. It is made of ladyfingers dipped in coffee, layered with a whipped mixture of eggs, sugar, and mascarpone cheese, flavoured with cocoa.

Want to make Tiramisu yourself? Here is the recipe!

Trifle

Trifle, United Kingdom.

Trifle is an English dessert dish made from thick custard, fruit, sponge cake, fruit juice or jelly, and whipped cream. These ingredients are usually arranged in layers. Trifle is a true summertime favourite!

Want to make Trifle yourself? Here is the recipe!

I must confess that if I had to pick 1 or 2, then Panna Cotta from Italy and Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte from Germany would be my choices. I could get very, very fat eating those two every day! So what is your favourite European dessert?

Page last updated 13 January, 2018. Please report any dead links.


23 European Desserts you MUST try before you die!

As far as I am concerned, dessert is the best part of any meal, and I always look forward to travelling around and experiencing as many of these local delights as possible. Asia has some incredible desserts and sweets, but Europe has many more famous desserts than any other continent on the planet, and this is unsurprising seeing as it was in Europe where dessert was first integrated into meal times.

Let’s look at 23 of the most tantalisingly tasty desserts from Europe, in alphabetical order, and if these aren’t good enough for you, then check out 23 MORE European Desserts you MUST try before you die!:

Banoffee Pie

Banoffee pie is an English dessert pie made from bananas, cream and toffee from boiled condensed milk, either on a pastry base or one made from crumbled biscuits and butter. It was invented by accident by two British chefs who were trying to amend a toffee pie from America.

Want to make Banoffee Pie yourself? Here is the recipe!

A Berliner Pfannkuchen is a traditional North German pastry similar to a doughnut with no central hole, made from sweet yeast dough fried in fat or oil, with a marmalade or jam filling and usually icing, powdered sugar or conventional sugar on top.

Want to make a Berliner yourself? Here is the recipe!

OMG! Black Forest Gateau!

Hailing from Bavaria in Germany, Black Forest Gateau (known in German as Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte) consists of several layers of chocolate cake, with whipped cream and cherries between each layer. Then the cake is decorated with additional whipped cream, maraschino cherries, and chocolate shavings.

Want to make Black Forest Gateau yourself? Here is the recipe!

Clafoutis, France.

Clafoutis is a baked French dessert of fruit, traditionally black cherries, arranged in a buttered dish and covered with a thick flan-like batter.

Want to make Clafoutis yourself? Here is the recipe!

Cremeschnitte, Croatia.

A cremeschnitte is a vanilla and custard cream cake dessert popular in several central-European countries, but it originated in Croatia. There are many regional variations, but they all include puff pastry base and custard cream.

Want to make Cremeschnitte yourself? Here is the recipe!

Crema Catalana

Crema Catalana, Spain.

Crema Catalana is a dessert consisting of a rich custard base topped with a contrasting layer of hard caramel. It is normally served at room temperature after being burnt by a torch before serving.

Want to make Crema Catalana yourself? Here is the recipe!

Crepe Suzette

Crêpe Suzette is a French dessert consisting of a crêpe with beurre Suzette, a sauce of caramelized sugar and butter, tangerine or orange juice, zest, and Grand Marnier or orange Curaçao liqueur on top, served flambé.

Want to make Crepe Suzette yourself? Here is the recipe!

Delicious Dondurma

Dondurma is the name given to a kind of ice cream in Turkey. Dondurma is much different to regular ice cream due to its thickness in texture. It is also much harder to melt than regular ice cream so it can be enjoyed in the typically hot Turkish summer.

Want to make Dondurma yourself? Here is the recipe!

It tastes better than it looks!

Eton Mess, United Kingdom.

Eton mess is a traditional English dessert consisting of a mixture of strawberries, pieces of meringue, and cream, which is traditionally served at Eton College’s annual cricket game against the pupils of Harrow School.

Want to make Eton Mess yourself? Here is the recipe!

Gelato – but which flavour?

Gelato is the Italian word for ice cream, derived from the Latin word “gelātus”. In English, this word commonly refers to varieties of ice cream made in a traditional Italian style.

Want to make Gelato yourself? Here is the recipe!

Loukoumades

Loukoumades, Greece.

Loukoumades are pastries made of deep fried dough soaked in sugar syrup or honey with cinnamon and sometimes sprinkled with sesame. These are very similar to Luqaimat in Arabic cuisine or Gulab Jamun from Indian cuisine.

Want to make Loukoumades yourself? Here is the recipe!

Colourful Macarons

Macarons, France.

A slightly cheeky addition to this list, as they can be eaten at any time of the day and not just for dessert, but macarons are certainly one of the most visually appealing desserts out there! Invented in France, the macarons’ hard exterior with soft filling is a perfect combination!

Want to make Macarons yourself? Here is the recipe!

Panna Cotta, Italy.

Panna cotta is an Italian dessert made by blending thick cream, egg white and honey. The blend is then baked in a bain-marie in a low oven.

Want to make Panna Cotta yourself? Here is the recipe!

Peches Melba

Peches Melba, France.

The Peach Melba is a dessert of peaches and raspberry sauce with vanilla ice cream. The dish was invented in 1892 by the French chef Auguste Escoffier at the Savoy Hotel in London to honour the Australian soprano, Nellie Melba.

Want to make Peches Melba yourself? Here is the recipe!

Profiteroles

Profiteroles, France.

The Profiteroles (sometimes called choux à la crème) is a French dessert choux pastry ball filled with whipped cream, pastry cream, custard, or ice cream.

Want to make Profiteroles yourself? Here is the recipe!

Ptichye Moloko, Russia.

Ptichye Moloko is a soft chocolate-covered candy filled with soft meringue (or milk soufflé). Its name means “bird’s milk”, a substance somewhat resembling milk, produced by certain birds to feed their young. Also very popular in Poland.

Want to make Ptichye Moloko yourself? Here is the recipe!

Runeberg Torttu, Finland.

Runeberg Torttu is a Finnish pastry flavoured with almonds and arrack or rum and it weighs about 100 grams. Raspberry jam inside a sugar ring is commonly placed on top of the tart.

Want to make Runeberg Torttu yourself? Here is the recipe!

Spotted Dick

Spotted Dick, United Kingdom.

Spotted dick is a cylindrical pudding popular in Britain, containing dried fruit and commonly served with custard. It is made from a flat sheet of suet pastry sprinkled with currants and raisins, which is then rolled up into a circular pudding.

Want to make Spotted Dick yourself? Here is the recipe!

Stollen, Germany.

Stollen is a sweet fruit cake containing dried fruit and often marzipan and covered with sugar, powdered sugar or icing sugar. The cake is usually made with chopped candied fruit, nuts, and spices.

Want to make Stollen yourself? Here is the recipe!

Sutlac

Sutlac, Turkey.

Sutlac is a Turkish rice pudding made from rice mixed with water or milk and other ingredients such as cinnamon and raisins. Although it can be eaten at all times of the day, when used as a dessert, it is commonly combined with a sweetener such as sugar.

Want to make Sutlac yourself? Here is the recipe!

Tarte Tatin

Tarte Tatin, France.

Tarte Tatin is an upside-down tart in which the fruit (usually apple) is caramelised in butter and sugar before the tart is baked. This is one of France’s national dishes.

Want to make Tarte Tatin yourself? Here is the recipe!

Tiramisu is pure Italiana!

Tiramisu, Italy.

Tiramisu is a popular coffee-flavoured Italian dessert. It is made of ladyfingers dipped in coffee, layered with a whipped mixture of eggs, sugar, and mascarpone cheese, flavoured with cocoa.

Want to make Tiramisu yourself? Here is the recipe!

Trifle

Trifle, United Kingdom.

Trifle is an English dessert dish made from thick custard, fruit, sponge cake, fruit juice or jelly, and whipped cream. These ingredients are usually arranged in layers. Trifle is a true summertime favourite!

Want to make Trifle yourself? Here is the recipe!

I must confess that if I had to pick 1 or 2, then Panna Cotta from Italy and Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte from Germany would be my choices. I could get very, very fat eating those two every day! So what is your favourite European dessert?

Page last updated 13 January, 2018. Please report any dead links.


23 European Desserts you MUST try before you die!

As far as I am concerned, dessert is the best part of any meal, and I always look forward to travelling around and experiencing as many of these local delights as possible. Asia has some incredible desserts and sweets, but Europe has many more famous desserts than any other continent on the planet, and this is unsurprising seeing as it was in Europe where dessert was first integrated into meal times.

Let’s look at 23 of the most tantalisingly tasty desserts from Europe, in alphabetical order, and if these aren’t good enough for you, then check out 23 MORE European Desserts you MUST try before you die!:

Banoffee Pie

Banoffee pie is an English dessert pie made from bananas, cream and toffee from boiled condensed milk, either on a pastry base or one made from crumbled biscuits and butter. It was invented by accident by two British chefs who were trying to amend a toffee pie from America.

Want to make Banoffee Pie yourself? Here is the recipe!

A Berliner Pfannkuchen is a traditional North German pastry similar to a doughnut with no central hole, made from sweet yeast dough fried in fat or oil, with a marmalade or jam filling and usually icing, powdered sugar or conventional sugar on top.

Want to make a Berliner yourself? Here is the recipe!

OMG! Black Forest Gateau!

Hailing from Bavaria in Germany, Black Forest Gateau (known in German as Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte) consists of several layers of chocolate cake, with whipped cream and cherries between each layer. Then the cake is decorated with additional whipped cream, maraschino cherries, and chocolate shavings.

Want to make Black Forest Gateau yourself? Here is the recipe!

Clafoutis, France.

Clafoutis is a baked French dessert of fruit, traditionally black cherries, arranged in a buttered dish and covered with a thick flan-like batter.

Want to make Clafoutis yourself? Here is the recipe!

Cremeschnitte, Croatia.

A cremeschnitte is a vanilla and custard cream cake dessert popular in several central-European countries, but it originated in Croatia. There are many regional variations, but they all include puff pastry base and custard cream.

Want to make Cremeschnitte yourself? Here is the recipe!

Crema Catalana

Crema Catalana, Spain.

Crema Catalana is a dessert consisting of a rich custard base topped with a contrasting layer of hard caramel. It is normally served at room temperature after being burnt by a torch before serving.

Want to make Crema Catalana yourself? Here is the recipe!

Crepe Suzette

Crêpe Suzette is a French dessert consisting of a crêpe with beurre Suzette, a sauce of caramelized sugar and butter, tangerine or orange juice, zest, and Grand Marnier or orange Curaçao liqueur on top, served flambé.

Want to make Crepe Suzette yourself? Here is the recipe!

Delicious Dondurma

Dondurma is the name given to a kind of ice cream in Turkey. Dondurma is much different to regular ice cream due to its thickness in texture. It is also much harder to melt than regular ice cream so it can be enjoyed in the typically hot Turkish summer.

Want to make Dondurma yourself? Here is the recipe!

It tastes better than it looks!

Eton Mess, United Kingdom.

Eton mess is a traditional English dessert consisting of a mixture of strawberries, pieces of meringue, and cream, which is traditionally served at Eton College’s annual cricket game against the pupils of Harrow School.

Want to make Eton Mess yourself? Here is the recipe!

Gelato – but which flavour?

Gelato is the Italian word for ice cream, derived from the Latin word “gelātus”. In English, this word commonly refers to varieties of ice cream made in a traditional Italian style.

Want to make Gelato yourself? Here is the recipe!

Loukoumades

Loukoumades, Greece.

Loukoumades are pastries made of deep fried dough soaked in sugar syrup or honey with cinnamon and sometimes sprinkled with sesame. These are very similar to Luqaimat in Arabic cuisine or Gulab Jamun from Indian cuisine.

Want to make Loukoumades yourself? Here is the recipe!

Colourful Macarons

Macarons, France.

A slightly cheeky addition to this list, as they can be eaten at any time of the day and not just for dessert, but macarons are certainly one of the most visually appealing desserts out there! Invented in France, the macarons’ hard exterior with soft filling is a perfect combination!

Want to make Macarons yourself? Here is the recipe!

Panna Cotta, Italy.

Panna cotta is an Italian dessert made by blending thick cream, egg white and honey. The blend is then baked in a bain-marie in a low oven.

Want to make Panna Cotta yourself? Here is the recipe!

Peches Melba

Peches Melba, France.

The Peach Melba is a dessert of peaches and raspberry sauce with vanilla ice cream. The dish was invented in 1892 by the French chef Auguste Escoffier at the Savoy Hotel in London to honour the Australian soprano, Nellie Melba.

Want to make Peches Melba yourself? Here is the recipe!

Profiteroles

Profiteroles, France.

The Profiteroles (sometimes called choux à la crème) is a French dessert choux pastry ball filled with whipped cream, pastry cream, custard, or ice cream.

Want to make Profiteroles yourself? Here is the recipe!

Ptichye Moloko, Russia.

Ptichye Moloko is a soft chocolate-covered candy filled with soft meringue (or milk soufflé). Its name means “bird’s milk”, a substance somewhat resembling milk, produced by certain birds to feed their young. Also very popular in Poland.

Want to make Ptichye Moloko yourself? Here is the recipe!

Runeberg Torttu, Finland.

Runeberg Torttu is a Finnish pastry flavoured with almonds and arrack or rum and it weighs about 100 grams. Raspberry jam inside a sugar ring is commonly placed on top of the tart.

Want to make Runeberg Torttu yourself? Here is the recipe!

Spotted Dick

Spotted Dick, United Kingdom.

Spotted dick is a cylindrical pudding popular in Britain, containing dried fruit and commonly served with custard. It is made from a flat sheet of suet pastry sprinkled with currants and raisins, which is then rolled up into a circular pudding.

Want to make Spotted Dick yourself? Here is the recipe!

Stollen, Germany.

Stollen is a sweet fruit cake containing dried fruit and often marzipan and covered with sugar, powdered sugar or icing sugar. The cake is usually made with chopped candied fruit, nuts, and spices.

Want to make Stollen yourself? Here is the recipe!

Sutlac

Sutlac, Turkey.

Sutlac is a Turkish rice pudding made from rice mixed with water or milk and other ingredients such as cinnamon and raisins. Although it can be eaten at all times of the day, when used as a dessert, it is commonly combined with a sweetener such as sugar.

Want to make Sutlac yourself? Here is the recipe!

Tarte Tatin

Tarte Tatin, France.

Tarte Tatin is an upside-down tart in which the fruit (usually apple) is caramelised in butter and sugar before the tart is baked. This is one of France’s national dishes.

Want to make Tarte Tatin yourself? Here is the recipe!

Tiramisu is pure Italiana!

Tiramisu, Italy.

Tiramisu is a popular coffee-flavoured Italian dessert. It is made of ladyfingers dipped in coffee, layered with a whipped mixture of eggs, sugar, and mascarpone cheese, flavoured with cocoa.

Want to make Tiramisu yourself? Here is the recipe!

Trifle

Trifle, United Kingdom.

Trifle is an English dessert dish made from thick custard, fruit, sponge cake, fruit juice or jelly, and whipped cream. These ingredients are usually arranged in layers. Trifle is a true summertime favourite!

Want to make Trifle yourself? Here is the recipe!

I must confess that if I had to pick 1 or 2, then Panna Cotta from Italy and Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte from Germany would be my choices. I could get very, very fat eating those two every day! So what is your favourite European dessert?

Page last updated 13 January, 2018. Please report any dead links.


23 European Desserts you MUST try before you die!

As far as I am concerned, dessert is the best part of any meal, and I always look forward to travelling around and experiencing as many of these local delights as possible. Asia has some incredible desserts and sweets, but Europe has many more famous desserts than any other continent on the planet, and this is unsurprising seeing as it was in Europe where dessert was first integrated into meal times.

Let’s look at 23 of the most tantalisingly tasty desserts from Europe, in alphabetical order, and if these aren’t good enough for you, then check out 23 MORE European Desserts you MUST try before you die!:

Banoffee Pie

Banoffee pie is an English dessert pie made from bananas, cream and toffee from boiled condensed milk, either on a pastry base or one made from crumbled biscuits and butter. It was invented by accident by two British chefs who were trying to amend a toffee pie from America.

Want to make Banoffee Pie yourself? Here is the recipe!

A Berliner Pfannkuchen is a traditional North German pastry similar to a doughnut with no central hole, made from sweet yeast dough fried in fat or oil, with a marmalade or jam filling and usually icing, powdered sugar or conventional sugar on top.

Want to make a Berliner yourself? Here is the recipe!

OMG! Black Forest Gateau!

Hailing from Bavaria in Germany, Black Forest Gateau (known in German as Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte) consists of several layers of chocolate cake, with whipped cream and cherries between each layer. Then the cake is decorated with additional whipped cream, maraschino cherries, and chocolate shavings.

Want to make Black Forest Gateau yourself? Here is the recipe!

Clafoutis, France.

Clafoutis is a baked French dessert of fruit, traditionally black cherries, arranged in a buttered dish and covered with a thick flan-like batter.

Want to make Clafoutis yourself? Here is the recipe!

Cremeschnitte, Croatia.

A cremeschnitte is a vanilla and custard cream cake dessert popular in several central-European countries, but it originated in Croatia. There are many regional variations, but they all include puff pastry base and custard cream.

Want to make Cremeschnitte yourself? Here is the recipe!

Crema Catalana

Crema Catalana, Spain.

Crema Catalana is a dessert consisting of a rich custard base topped with a contrasting layer of hard caramel. It is normally served at room temperature after being burnt by a torch before serving.

Want to make Crema Catalana yourself? Here is the recipe!

Crepe Suzette

Crêpe Suzette is a French dessert consisting of a crêpe with beurre Suzette, a sauce of caramelized sugar and butter, tangerine or orange juice, zest, and Grand Marnier or orange Curaçao liqueur on top, served flambé.

Want to make Crepe Suzette yourself? Here is the recipe!

Delicious Dondurma

Dondurma is the name given to a kind of ice cream in Turkey. Dondurma is much different to regular ice cream due to its thickness in texture. It is also much harder to melt than regular ice cream so it can be enjoyed in the typically hot Turkish summer.

Want to make Dondurma yourself? Here is the recipe!

It tastes better than it looks!

Eton Mess, United Kingdom.

Eton mess is a traditional English dessert consisting of a mixture of strawberries, pieces of meringue, and cream, which is traditionally served at Eton College’s annual cricket game against the pupils of Harrow School.

Want to make Eton Mess yourself? Here is the recipe!

Gelato – but which flavour?

Gelato is the Italian word for ice cream, derived from the Latin word “gelātus”. In English, this word commonly refers to varieties of ice cream made in a traditional Italian style.

Want to make Gelato yourself? Here is the recipe!

Loukoumades

Loukoumades, Greece.

Loukoumades are pastries made of deep fried dough soaked in sugar syrup or honey with cinnamon and sometimes sprinkled with sesame. These are very similar to Luqaimat in Arabic cuisine or Gulab Jamun from Indian cuisine.

Want to make Loukoumades yourself? Here is the recipe!

Colourful Macarons

Macarons, France.

A slightly cheeky addition to this list, as they can be eaten at any time of the day and not just for dessert, but macarons are certainly one of the most visually appealing desserts out there! Invented in France, the macarons’ hard exterior with soft filling is a perfect combination!

Want to make Macarons yourself? Here is the recipe!

Panna Cotta, Italy.

Panna cotta is an Italian dessert made by blending thick cream, egg white and honey. The blend is then baked in a bain-marie in a low oven.

Want to make Panna Cotta yourself? Here is the recipe!

Peches Melba

Peches Melba, France.

The Peach Melba is a dessert of peaches and raspberry sauce with vanilla ice cream. The dish was invented in 1892 by the French chef Auguste Escoffier at the Savoy Hotel in London to honour the Australian soprano, Nellie Melba.

Want to make Peches Melba yourself? Here is the recipe!

Profiteroles

Profiteroles, France.

The Profiteroles (sometimes called choux à la crème) is a French dessert choux pastry ball filled with whipped cream, pastry cream, custard, or ice cream.

Want to make Profiteroles yourself? Here is the recipe!

Ptichye Moloko, Russia.

Ptichye Moloko is a soft chocolate-covered candy filled with soft meringue (or milk soufflé). Its name means “bird’s milk”, a substance somewhat resembling milk, produced by certain birds to feed their young. Also very popular in Poland.

Want to make Ptichye Moloko yourself? Here is the recipe!

Runeberg Torttu, Finland.

Runeberg Torttu is a Finnish pastry flavoured with almonds and arrack or rum and it weighs about 100 grams. Raspberry jam inside a sugar ring is commonly placed on top of the tart.

Want to make Runeberg Torttu yourself? Here is the recipe!

Spotted Dick

Spotted Dick, United Kingdom.

Spotted dick is a cylindrical pudding popular in Britain, containing dried fruit and commonly served with custard. It is made from a flat sheet of suet pastry sprinkled with currants and raisins, which is then rolled up into a circular pudding.

Want to make Spotted Dick yourself? Here is the recipe!

Stollen, Germany.

Stollen is a sweet fruit cake containing dried fruit and often marzipan and covered with sugar, powdered sugar or icing sugar. The cake is usually made with chopped candied fruit, nuts, and spices.

Want to make Stollen yourself? Here is the recipe!

Sutlac

Sutlac, Turkey.

Sutlac is a Turkish rice pudding made from rice mixed with water or milk and other ingredients such as cinnamon and raisins. Although it can be eaten at all times of the day, when used as a dessert, it is commonly combined with a sweetener such as sugar.

Want to make Sutlac yourself? Here is the recipe!

Tarte Tatin

Tarte Tatin, France.

Tarte Tatin is an upside-down tart in which the fruit (usually apple) is caramelised in butter and sugar before the tart is baked. This is one of France’s national dishes.

Want to make Tarte Tatin yourself? Here is the recipe!

Tiramisu is pure Italiana!

Tiramisu, Italy.

Tiramisu is a popular coffee-flavoured Italian dessert. It is made of ladyfingers dipped in coffee, layered with a whipped mixture of eggs, sugar, and mascarpone cheese, flavoured with cocoa.

Want to make Tiramisu yourself? Here is the recipe!

Trifle

Trifle, United Kingdom.

Trifle is an English dessert dish made from thick custard, fruit, sponge cake, fruit juice or jelly, and whipped cream. These ingredients are usually arranged in layers. Trifle is a true summertime favourite!

Want to make Trifle yourself? Here is the recipe!

I must confess that if I had to pick 1 or 2, then Panna Cotta from Italy and Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte from Germany would be my choices. I could get very, very fat eating those two every day! So what is your favourite European dessert?

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