Sweet journey: 5 desserts you didn’t know about
Modern sweet tooth is difficult to surprise: all kinds of shops and coffee shops offer hundreds of desserts from different countries. Here you and the Austrian strudel, and Japanese sweet rolls with fruit, and French Mille-feuille… But if you say that for you there is nothing surprising and unknown in the universe of confectionery art, we will answer – is!
Spaghetti with chocolate
Perhaps it is difficult to describe the power of love for pasta Italians: it is eaten even for dessert. There is even a separate type of spaghetti, which includes cocoa. Conversely, pasta is part of many desserts – it is supplemented with honey, pistachios, fruit and cream, sprinkle with orange peel and almond petals, coconut and cinnamon. Prepare ravioli with ricotta, chocolate and any other sweet fillings. To prepare some desserts, pasta is mixed with chocolate sauce and nuts, and marshmallow and pumpkin pieces are used for decoration.
In Catania, on the East coast of the island of Sicily, the locals cook Farfalle (pasta in the form of butterflies) with pistachios and cream. These desserts are popular not only in the home kitchen. Many Italian restaurants offer chocolate ravioli with mascarpone cream, raspberries and almonds.
Sweet pasta is prepared during the holidays. So, in October, when the Italian city of Perugia hosts the chocolate Festival “Eurochocolate”, local restaurants offer visitors chocolate spaghetti, pizza and even cheeses.
Sultan’s gold cake
Residents of the East are famous for their love of exceptional luxury and rich design. For example, the Turks love gold not only in jewelry and decoration, but also…in the decoration of desserts! Some places turn sweet dishes into real masterpieces. The five-star hotel of Istanbul chiragan Palace offers its visitors to taste the exclusive Golden cake of Sultan, which takes 72 hours to prepare. The recipe includes apricots soaked in Jamaican rum, figs, pears and quince, vanilla from the Islands of French Polynesia and French wheat, as well as truffles and caramel. The dessert is covered with a layer of edible 24-carat gold. The cake is served in a handmade silver box, which you can take home as a souvenir.
And if you can try to cook an Italian dessert at home, the ingredients for a Turkish Golden cake are unlikely to be found. However, do not be upset. The main thing in tasting delicious dishes – the atmosphere. It is easy to create a special atmosphere of Venetian or Istanbul coffee houses. For example, you can cook a traditional Italian, or Turkish coffee.
Moreover, there are more and more interesting coffee collections. In particular, the company Nespresso has released exclusive blends Coffeehouses, which tried to recreate the atmosphere of the first Italian and Turkish coffee houses. In total, the collection includes two blends. In Caffè Venezia, Ethiopian and Indian Arabica reveal bright fruit, musk and floral notes. And in the blend Café Istanbul Arabica from Yemen and Indonesia is combined with Indian Robusta, complementing the coffee aroma with tart notes of black pepper. This coffee will be good with any, even the sweetest dessert.
Sweets are a special pride of the Arab Emirates. Delightfully spicy, sugary sweet and unusually airy – Arabic desserts will conquer the most capricious gourmet. In this country there is everything: Turkish delight, donuts with cream, halva of different types – not such halva to which we are accustomed. These Oriental desserts do not resemble those that are adapted for European taste. One of the most unusual – Umm Ali cake. It is a delicate biscuit, soaked in fruit syrup and covered with grated almonds, coconut and hazelnuts. It’s interesting that people from different countries, this dish on its own and close. It reminds Germans of strudel without apples, Englishmen – bread pudding, and Swiss – fondue. Umm Ali is also popular in many Eastern countries, such as Egypt, Lebanon and Palestine.
Did you know that Zvenigorod has a Museum of Russian dessert? It would seem that there is nothing special in Russian desserts, but there are chandeliers made of sweets, an exhibition of printed gingerbread, and cakes made of cherry flour…
In Russia there were no confectionery factories, so every cook cooked sweets for a dinner party or dinner according to his unique recipes. They were kept in the strictest secrecy, but with the advent of cheap sugar, they were lost in time. Was lost and recipe Kaluga test. Only some time ago it became known that it was prepared from dried black crackers with honey and sugar caramel. Confectioners also liked to add orange zest or cocoa to the Kaluga dough.
Many Germans just love sweets. Especially cakes. For the holidays in homes and restaurants prepare a special cake with a funny name “Baumkuchen”, which translated means “pie tree.” This name was given to the dessert because of the unusual way of preparation and shape. In restaurants and cafes it is prepared as follows: from special beans knead batter, add cloves and cardamom. Next, a thin layer of dough is applied to the wooden roller rotating over the fire or oven, similar to a spit, and when it is browned, a new one is added, and so on until the cake is ready. Total can be up to 15 layers! German confectioners are advised to use white chocolate as a glaze, because it emphasizes the unusual taste. Baumkuchen is the king of German cakes. It is considered not only Christmas, but also traditional wedding pastries.