17 Sep 12 European Sweet Treats You Need To Try
The European culture is so diversely varied and so is its cuisine, especially the luscious dessert options that make your body say ‘I need this!’. Thrill your senses and make sure you don’t miss on these 12 European sweet treats!
Caution: if you have a sweet tooth, read at your own risk!
Also known as choux à la crème, profiteroles are light and delicate cream puffs filled with whipped cream and drizzled with melted chocolate. They’re just irresistible!
This rich and smooth vanilla custard is a classic French dessert made of heavy cream, egg yolks and topped with a hard layer of caramel.
Bonus Fact: Crème Brûlée means ‘burnt cream’ in French.
Clafoutis Aux Cerises
Cherry Clafoutis is one of the most popular desserts in France (and apparently one of the easiest to make!). It is a tart filled with rich custard and topped with lots of fresh sweet cherries.
This soft jam doughnut is also known as krapfen. Authentic German Berliner pastry is literally found across all bakeries in Germany.
Bonus Fact: it’s actually called ‘Pfannkuchen’ in Berlin.
A rich and dense spiced German cake/bread that is eaten during the Christmas season. It is filled with candied fruits and nuts, including raisins, dried cranberries, cherries, almonds, etc.
Spaghetti ice cream is where it’s at! Spaghettieis is vanilla ice cream that looks like spaghetti noodles topped with strawberry sauce and white chocolate shavings. You got the idea – it’s styled to look like a plate of spaghetti.
Bonus Fact: Eis (pronounced ice), means ‘ice cream’ in German.
In Italian Panna Cotta means ‘cooked cream’ and this traditional dessert is found throughout the country. It’s made with heavy cream, sugar, vanilla, and gelatin. Panna Cotta is topped with fresh fruits such as berries or a sweet sauce before serving.
Have you ever been to an Italian restaurant and didn’t see Tiramisù on the dessert menu? Well, I doubt it because it surely is Italy’s most popular dessert! This traditional heavenly dessert includes ladyfingers dipped in coffee, layered with a mixture of mascarpone cheese, egg yolks, and whipped cream. It’s just perfectly comforting.
Bonus Fact: Tiramisù means ‘pick me up’ or ‘cheer me up’ in Italian.
This classic Sicilian fried-dough pastry is filled with sweet creamy ricotta cheese – ’nuff said. Let’s just sit and admire the photo, please.
A traditional Spanish dessert made of very thick milk pudding which is portioned, dried, breaded and fried until golden and crisp.
Bonus Fact: Leche Frita means ‘fried milk’ in Spanish.
Natillas de Leche
A traditional Spanish vanilla egg custard, lightly flavored with cinnamon; preferably eaten while it’s still warm.
Bonus Fact: Natillas means ‘custard’ in Spanish.
Churros con Chocolate
Delicious churros with chocolate are a classic Spanish treat. Churros are deep-fried pastries that are either dipped in warm chocolate sauce or filled with chocolate. Need I say more?
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About the Author: Randa A. Loves experimenting and being creative with food and recipes. She is passionate about nature, learning languages, and exploring different cultures. Randa speaks English, Arabic, and some Spanish.