Pastries Around The World

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Sweets, bakery, donuts what ever you call them, pastries from around the world,we all love and crave them. Doesn’t matter where they come from, or who claims to be the first we just want to taste them, experience them and spoil ourselves with them.

We thought we’d highlight some of the most delicious sweeties from around the world for your pleasure.

Pastries Around The World

Sometimes walking into a bakery is overwhelming – too many tasty choices.

PASTRIES AROUND THE WORLD

FRANCE

Chocolate Croissants Pastries Around The World

Chocolate Croissants in Paris

 

Croissants, baguettes, macarons – France is bakery lover’s paradise. Every corner has a patisserie, boulangerie with unbelievable smells wafting into the streets. It’s a good thing walking is a necessity in Paris with all these tasty treats everywhere you turn.

Macarons Pastries Around The World

Macarons

 

Everyone who’s been to Paris has a favorite place to buy and enjoy macarons. Whether it’s Ladurée or  Gérard Mulot, rest assured you will find the one you love in the City of Lights. The delightful bright colors with fruity fillings are one of our favorites.

GERMANY

Black Forest Cake

Black Forest Cake in Germany

 

You can’t go to Germany without trying their Black Forest Cake. Be careful – many of these sweet treats are loaded with alcohol. Cherry kirsch is in the layers, the filling and sometimes even the frosting. It’s tasty but it packs a mighty punch.

Schneeballen of every flavor imaginable.

Schneeballen of every flavor imaginable.

 

They used to be served at only special occasions but now schneeballen, or snowballs, can be found almost every day in Bavaria. When you taste one of these you’ll know why they’ve been around for over 300 years. The originals had confectioner’s sugar dusted on them but now they come in every flavor imaginable from cinnamon to champagne.

ITALY

Cannoli Pastries Around The World

Cannoli with chocolate chips!

 

Italy is another place that thrills with its rich food and pastry culture. From cannoli stuffed with ricotta to the ironed pressed pizzelle to crunchy zeppole and creamy tiramisu. So many wonderful sweet treats to taste and enjoy!

Pizelle Pastrie Around The World

Homemade Pizzelle from our Italian neighbor. Delicious!

 

HOLLAND

Stroopwafels

Stroopwafels

 

The Dutch treat stroopwafel consists of two thin crispy waffles with a caramel-like filling. If you’re visiting Holland,  you’ll often see larger versions made fresh by street vendors. They are widely available in store-bought packages as well.

ENGLAND

Afternoon Tea

Civilized Afternoon Tea at the British Museum

 

Nothing says England like a great afternoon tea. Who can resist those little tea cakes, cookies, scones and sandwiches. Especially when teamed up with clotted cream and home-made jams? Not us!

POLAND

Polish Paczki

Polish Paczki from Delightful Pastries in Chicago

 

The paczki might easily be described as a jelly donut, but it’s so much more. These puffy fried and filled goodies, when made correctly, are among the most delicious pastries you’ll find anywhere. Stuffed with delectable fruit fillings, the traditional flavors are plum and wild rose hip jam. Today you may find everything from apricot to strawberries and cream. Don’t wait for Paczki Day or Fat Tuesday to try one – or more – of these flavorful gems.

GREECE & TURKEY

Turkish Pistachios

Turkish Pistachio Desserts in Istanbul

 

The Greeks and the Turks both make wonderful pastries stuffed with pistachios or other nuts and drizzled with syrup or honey. The many layers of flakey phyllo dough saturated with honey are irresistible. Loaded with pistachios and healthy tree nuts these goodies have to be good for you, right?

Baklava

Classic Baklava

 

Although it might not look like much this walnut baklava was the best we’ve ever tasted. It was made in a small Greek restaurant called The Old Greek House outside Cappadocia, Turkey. When the restaurant wasn’t working, a local soap opera was filmed there. You could see the YiaYias (Grandmas) cooking in the kitchen. This was the real deal.

CHINA

Beijing Bakery

Beijing Bakery

 

Mooncakes, suncakes, buns loaded with many fillings both sweet and savory, sponge cakes…  So many different types of pastries to choose from in China!

Taiwan Rice Dessert

Din Tai Fung Eight Treasures

 

The Eight Treasure rice dessert from Din Tai Fung is colorful and tasty dessert featuring red bean paste, scarlet runner beans, green papaya, kumquat, red dates, lotus seeds, longan fruit and winter melon. Though not really a pastry, it truly holds eight treasures!

USA

It’s impossible to cover all the local sweet treats in the United States, but here are a few that just have to be mentioned.

Donuts

Donuts cake, yeast or filled.

 

Donuts! They’re everywhere in flavors well-known and loved for ages as well as many new ones. The donut wasn’t decadent enough so an enterprising baker invented the Cronut, a croissant-donut hybrid. Flakey layers of sweet goodness with hole. What more do you need?

Cronut

Cronuts from Beignets2Go Food Truck in Detroit

Beignets

Beignets

 

Although the beignet has origins in France it’s easy to argue that if you visit New Orleans your stay is not complete without a stop at Café du Monde for beignets. These deep fried golden puffs are not satisfied until they leave their powdered sugar trail on you.

Boudin Bakery

Boudin Bakery

 

The unusual yeasts in the San Francisco air helped Boudin Bakery create their famous sourdough French bread. They still use their original starter in each and every loaf they produce.

We hope you enjoyed this glimpse of pastries around the world. We know there’s plenty more so let us know your favorites in the comments below.

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