Dessert recipes from around the world

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How people from around the world satisfy their sweet cravings.

Dessert recipes from around the world

A sweet tooth is a very human thing. The love of dessert transcends nationality, race, age and even time. Just about every major culture announces the end of the meal with some sort of sweet dish to cleanse the palate and leave diners feeling satisfied. Here are a few recipes from around the world.

Easy homemade churros

Instead of using special churro dough for this south-of-the-border treat, this recipe keeps it simple by using pie dough. These are served with Mexican chocolate on the side.

Ingredients:

  • 1 store-bought pie crust
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • Oil for frying
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder

Yields: 8-12 churros

Directions:

  1. Remove the pie crust from its container and lay it on a flat surface that has been dusted with powdered sugar.
  2. Using a rolling pin, flatten the crust and cut it into strips. Don’t worry about making straight lines -- crooked cuts look more rustic.
  3. Bring the oil to 375 degrees F. (use high heat.) While it’s heating, mix the cinnamon and sugar.
  4. Once the oil is ready, fry the crust strips until golden brown. Remove them from the oil and toss them in cinnamon and sugar.
  5. To make the chocolate dipping sauce, pour the cream into a bowl with the chocolate chips and chili powder. Microwave the chocolate chips for two to three minutes, then stir. Repeat until all of the chocolate chips are melted.

English trifle

A trifle is a simple stacked dessert that alternates layers of cake, pudding and fruit.

Ingredients:

  • 2 packages vanilla pudding
  • Milk (enough for the vanilla pudding; see package instructions)
  • 1 pound cake, sliced
  • 3 bananas, sliced
  • 1 cup strawberries, sliced
  • 1/2 cup brandy

Yield: 8 servings

Directions:

  1. Make the pudding according to package directions. Let it cool in the refrigerator.
  2. When you are ready to make the trifle, make a layer of one-third of the pound cake, then one-third of the pudding, one-third of the fruit and a splash of brandy. Repeat two more times.
  3. Chill and serve.

Halwa

A South Asian dish made of grated carrots and Indian spices.

Ingredients:

  • 4 carrots, peeled and grated
  • 3 tablespoons condensed milk
  • 3 tablespoons whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground green cardamom
  • Pinch of salt and pepper

Yield: about 1.5 cups

Directions:

  1. Put all the ingredients into a saucepan and cook over medium-high heat until the carrots turn very soft and the liquid is absorbed. Serve over rice pudding.

 

Green tea ice cream

An Asian delicacy, it’s packed with anti-oxidants, so you can feel good about eating it!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons matcha (green tea extract)

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a saucepan, and bring to a gentle boil. Add them to an ice cream maker, following ice cream maker directions.