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3 Best Desserts From Around the World

Forget your mom’s apple pie. How about whipping up some Indian galub jamun or castle pudding for your next get together? These international delights are an exotic treat for your palate and many are easy to create.

Tiramisu – Italy

It’s no secret that Italy is renowned for its amazing food and tiramisu is among the top on the list of Italian favorites. However, did you know that tiramisu is surprisingly easy to create? In a few brief steps, you can prepare an amazing dessert right at home that will fool your guests into thinking you worked all day on the creation.

  • 2 tablespoons amaretto
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 12 ounces mascarpone cheese
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 24 ladyfingers
  • 2 cups espresso or strongly brewed coffee
  • 1 tablespoon high quality cocoa powder

Beat the amaretto, sugar, vanilla extract and mascarpone cheese in a stand mixer until smooth. Set aside.

In a clean stand mixer bowl, whisk the whipping cream until stiff peaks form. Fold the whipped cream into the mascarpone mixture and set aside.

Quickly submerge half of the ladyfingers, one by one, in the coffee and then transfer each to the bottom of an 8×8 baking dish. Spread half of the mascarpone mixture over the layer of ladyfingers. Top the mascarpone mixture with the remaining ladyfingers dipped in coffee and spread the remaining mascarpone mixture on top. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours. Sprinkle with cocoa powder and serve.

Castle Pudding – England

Looking for the perfect finisher to a hearty comfort meal? Serve your dinner guests helpings of homemade castle pudding. The delicately sweet pudding blends magically with a topping of jam for a dessert that begs to be savored. Accompany the pudding with a spot of tea or coffee.

Adapted from forkd.com

  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup strawberry or raspberry jam

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease 6 pudding molds and set aside.

Cream the butter, sugar and vanilla pod seeds with a stand mixer until smooth. Add the eggs, one at a time, until smooth.

Combine the flour and baking powder in a mixing bowl and then slowly add to the stand mixer. Mix until combined. Divide the pudding between the molds, filling each about 3/4-full. Bake the puddings for 25-30 minutes or until risen and lightly browned.

Remove the puddings from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Run a knife around the edge of each pudding and invert the puddings into serving bowls. Accompany each pudding with a large dollop of strawberry or raspberry jam.

Galub Jamun – India

Take the evening’s dessert to the exotic side with galub jamun, a sweet Indian delicacy. These spongy, milky balls are fried in oil and are lightly scented with rose water to create a delightful after-dinner treat. The dessert balls may look exotically intricate but they are surprisingly easy to prepare.

Adapted from allrecipes.com

  • 1 cup dry milk powder
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup warm milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 quart canola oil
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 8 ounces water
  • 1 teaspoon rose water
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom

Combine the milk powder, flour, baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon cardamom in a large mixing bowl. Add the butter and milk and stir until smooth. Cover the bowl and allow to rest for 30 minutes.

Combine the sugar, water, rose water and 1/8 teaspoon cardamom in a large sauté pan. Bring to a boil over high heat and then remove from the heat and set aside.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

Knead the dough and divide into 20 small balls. Transfer the balls to the oil and reduce heat to low. When the balls begin floating to the top, return the heat to medium. Cook until golden brown, turning frequently.

Transfer the cooked balls to a paper-towel lined plate and allow to rest until cool. Transfer the cooled balls to the sauté pan containing the rose water and simmer over medium heat for 8 minutes, pressing them down with a spatula to soak up the rose fragrance. Serve immediately.

Don’t get stuck in a dessert rut. Instead, experiment with the best desserts from around the world. These exotic beauties are sure to delight your palate and impress the evening’s dinner guests.