When someone says they hope you get your just desserts, it’s supposed to be a threat, but it sounds like a great opportunity to us. When we decided to write this article, we began to better appreciate how varied and amazing desserts can be. And since we’re all about travel, we thought we’d compile a list of five scrumptious classic desserts to watch for as you go about your holiday travel adventures.
We’re going to look at:
- Strawberry short cake
- Ice cream
There are conflicting opinions as to the origins of tarts, but they have similarities to pies and quiches, particularly quiches, since both are open-face dishes. Tart origins vary from those of pies in that pies were devised to minimize waste and were often made with scraps left around the kitchen. Tarts were enjoyed by nobility, so we’re basically talking peasant fare versus rich people cuisine. Tarts might be topped with fruit or custard and can be sweet, savory or a combination of the two.
Our research tells us that macarons originated in Italy. They are adored by the French, particularly Parisians. Sometimes called gerbers or madeleines, the traditional versions are small, round cookies made from almond flour, sugar and egg whites. Although you’ll find variations, the classic macaron is a muted color – often pink, yellow or green. Believe it or not, macarons are related to macaroni; macaroni and macaron translated mean “fine dough.”
Desserts: Strawberry shortcake
This sweet yet satisfying dessert is a classic mainly in America and according to Wikipedia, the earliest recipe for this amazing dish was found in an English cookbook from 1588. It consists of a biscuit (the shortcake) covered with strawberries. A popular variation uses sponge cake in place of the biscuit. One horrifyingly fattening but no doubt tasty version we’ve heard about buttered the biscuits before applying the toppings. The best made strawberry shortcakes are made by allowing sugared strawberry slices to sit for about an hour before adding them to the dessert to make the most of the juices. A little whipped cream or ice cream thrown into the mix never hurt anybody either. Strawberry shortcake using sponge cakes are popular in Japan around Christmastime.
Desserts: Ice cream
Most of us know what ice cream is, so we’ll cut to the chase. According to the International Dairy Foods Association, ice cream dates back to the second century B.C. They go on to say that Alexander the Great ate ice and snow flavored with honey and nectar – at least when weather conditions permitted. These days, ice cream is a lot easier to find year-round and without scraping up any outdoor elements. In India, a popular dessert is kulfi (or qulfi) which has similarities to ice cream with the main difference being consistency. More traditional kulfi flavors include mango, rose and cardamom but have expanded to include flavors such as apple, peanut, avocado and orange.
Not just for breakfast, waffles can be a terrific dessert. People have been known to top their waffles with all kinds of things including whipped cream, chocolate and fruit. Waffles are made from leavened batter or dough and are consumed by foodies all over the globe. Belgium, where they are probably most popular, has a number of regional varieties.
So, there you have it. No matter where your travels take you, there are always great desserts available. You just have to narrow down all the possibilities.
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