Spanish gastronomy is as extensive in its meals as it is in its desserts. Surely you have tried -or at least heard of- torrijas de leche, Valencian pumpkin fritters or Asturian rice pudding, among many others.
And although our culinary tradition is complete and tasty, it never hurts to try exotic tastes or typical of other countries to surprise the palate. For this reason, here we bring you five products of different nationalities to investigate new appetizers or perfect endings for meals.
These are some of the thousands out there, so if you know others and want to share them, write them in comments.
Colomba means dove in Italian, hence the shape of this “dessert of peace” typical of northern Italy at Easter. It is a dessert made of sweet bread, eggs, sugar, butter and a glazed finish that covers the dough; although this one from Vergani is also seasoned with lemon and walnuts.
Its fame and ease of elaboration have led to the existence of many versions, such as the classical for 24.90 euros, the chocolate and ginger for 9.90 or that of dark chocolate covered pistachio for 29.90. This one with lemon and walnuts has a discount of 67% and you will only have to pay 9.90 euros for it.
We already talked about them in another of our articles, and although these gelatinous sweets -protagonists in The Chronicles of Narnia- are not covered in chocolate, they have an equally exotic taste.
Legend has it that more than 200 years ago a Turkish sultan brought together all the culinary experts to create a sweet whose recipe was secret and after extensive gastronomic research the “lokum” were created.
Apparently the recipe was discovered and thanks to it we can today enjoy some like these from Mughe Gourmet with a rose, strawberry, lemon, orange and mint flavour. Its price is 25.70 for 750 grams, and if you want more you have the 1,300g version for 34.80 euros.
Although it was created in Hungary, it is the best known sweet in Germany, as well as a different breakfast or dessert that will surprise your guests. The most classic is the “Apfelstrudel”, a light puff pastry box containing cubed apple, puree and juice (also of said fruit) mixed with dried fruits such as walnuts.
Of course, there are also other versions that vary in their ingredients, such as the banana or chocolate strudel, although they agree that they are all usually flavored with cinnamon and sprinkled with icing sugar. The recipe for this dessert crosses borders: you can make it yourself or buy this from Panificio Dentella for 17.50 euros.
Mochigome is the main ingredient in this dessert, a small grain of glutinous rice that is pounded into a paste. Its origin as an offering food to the gods makes it extremely important in Japan, so much so that it has its own ceremony that is celebrated in the new year and is known as Mochitsuki.
The most common is the red adzuki bean, although there are others such as sesame or peanuts that also appear in boxes like this one from Royal Family. Of course, be careful, because these cakes are so sticky and difficult to eat that even the Japanese authorities have warned that, if they cannot be chewed well, they should only be eaten by cutting them into small pieces. 15 pieces available for 12.45 euros.
Although they are also typical in other countries in the area, speculoos originated in Belgium at the end of the 19th century, when Antonie Deplée patented this type of bread with almonds. They are dense cookies that usually contain cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger powder, cardamom and white pepper, although these from Winesfromspain replicate the Belgian recipe giving it a caramelized touch.
In case you still can’t get used to the idea of the flavor, surely you know the Lotus cookies. They are the best known example of speculoos and are often used as an accompaniment to coffee. This box of approximately 85 units costs 12.86 euros.
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