To celebrate the return of the Eurovision Song Contest, we thought we’d get into the spirit of the occasion and take a look at what our fellow European nations have got to offer when it comes to desserts.
If you’re looking to refresh your dessert menu, taking inspiration from abroad is a brilliant way to discover new flavour combinations, experiment with different baking techniques and keep your menu feeling modern. So, if you’re thinking about branching out from the British classics, here’s what the rest of the continent has to offer.
Originating from Greece, Loukoumades are doughnuts soaked in honey syrup, dusted with cinnamon and often garnished with chopped walnuts or toasted sesame seeds. Traditionally served warm or at room temperature, why not put your own spin on this Greek delicacy by introducing a sharp, tangy filling, such as raspberry or rhubarb?
Already popular here in Britain, macarons have been proven to make fantastic wedding favours and cake toppers in recent years. Although this French meringue-based confection is traditionally sweet, savoury interpretations are also starting to appear; our favourites include smoked salmon & sesame seed, and bacon & maple syrup.
A dessert descended from the Ottoman Empire, Baklava is constructed from layers of filo pastry flavoured with pistachio and cardamom and soaked in syrup. This sticky, sweet dessert makes a great addition to any Mediterranean inspired menu and is often served with pistachios or honey ice cream.
Invented by chef Franz Sacher back in 1832, Sacher-Torte is an Austrian dessert comprising of a dense chocolate cake covered with a thin layer of apricot jam and coated in a dark chocolate ganache. This rich pudding is traditionally finished with a piped signature and served with whipped cream, however the original Sacher-Torte recipe is still a closely guarded secret by the chefs at the Sacher Café in Vienna.
An incredibly popular pudding here in the UK, tiramisu is a regular feature on Italian and British menus alike. Made up of layers of coffee soaked ladyfingers, double cream, mascarpone and chocolate, this dessert’s classic flavour combination has inspired numerous reinterpretations. Why not upgrade your classic tiramisu recipe by adding a hint of booze or transforming it into a tiramisu cheesecake?
So, do you think Europe’s sweet treats match up to our British classics? Share your favourite foreign dessert with us via Twitter!
Think you’d rather stick to British puddings? Here’s how to make your trifle the crème de la crème.