Europe is the 'dream destination' for sweet lovers as no other continent has such variation and diversity in desserts, chocolates and sweetmeats. The rich, creamy, mouth-melting sweets that lift your spirits, irrespective of the weather, mood and occasion are the best companions while journeying and enjoying the best of Europe.
Be it the heavenly Italian Gelato or the classic Belgian chocolate or the famous Austrian Sachertorte, European sweets are unbeatable in terms of quality, traditions and taste. HolidayMe brings you 12 such heavenly sweet treats that you must relish in your Europe visit…
On your next visit to Malta, you will be pampered with Honey Ring, a delicious sweet treat filled with rich, creamy, liquid chocolate inside a dough made of eggs, black treacle, marmalade, orange peel, spices, white sugar, lemon, semolina, cinnamon, dried cloves, aniseed, vanilla essence, golden syrup, rose syrup and honey. The resultant combination is a delicious dessert that is best enjoyed with a cup of coffee, tea or wine. The recipe dates back to the 15th century and has several variations with a soft, subtle and creamy taste.
The moderate climate of Bulgaria is perfect for harvesting the finest farm produces in Europe. The honey of Bulgaria tastes among the best in the world and has a dark, rich translucent colour. The rich traditions of honey in Bulgaria is not just limited to dining table but also used for medicinal purposes. The Bulgarian honey is perfect for treating cardiovascular issues, asthma, anaemia, retina and immune related diseases. The Bulgarian Honey is so delightful that it can be even turned into a simple loaf of bread into a sweet treat.
Cinnamon Buns commonly known as 'Kanelbullar' in Sweden are the most popular sweet assortment, widely consumed in the cafes and restaurant across Sweden and Europe. The light, fluffy and flavourful cinnamon buns are made of yeast, almond milk, butter, sugar, flour and cinnamon mixed proportionately and baked till a slightly golden brown colour. The European classic is a perfect combination of fluffy, soft and cinnamon-flavoured characteristics.
If Cinnamon Buns are a staple dish in Sweden, imagine the status of Semla! The sweet bun rolls filled with a whipped mixture of smooth, creamy milk and almond paste, certainly deserves to be among the top sweet treats of Europe. Fondly known as Semlor in Sweden, a true Swedish household dessert is made of eggs, milk, butter, flour, cream, sugar, baking soda and with a subtle hint of cardamom. Best enjoyed with a hot cup of coffee and tea to beat your sightseeing and travelling blues.
Perhaps, the most famous chocolate in the world, the Belgian Chocolate has earned the status of a cultural symbol of Belgium. The Belgian chocolate dates back to the 17th century and is renowned for its thick, layered, dark brown colour and texture. The heavenly taste of thick, mouth-melting intense flavour of chocolate coupled with a delicate balance of added flavours like vanilla, cinnamon, milk cream and butterscotch makes it the world’s most recognised chocolate in the world. Don’t forget a get a box full of Belgian chocolates next time!
Tasty, crispy and sweet waffles have always been among the favourites but the Liege Waffles are altogether a different class. Made by caramelising sugar, filled with vanilla, flour, eggs, honey, milk and water are mixed and baked to the perfection of golden brown colour with a glistening effect and sprinkling of cinnamon, adds a bit of tanginess. Liege Waffles just like the Belgian chocolates are widely consumed in the country, be it in the street side cafes or in the warmth of beautiful Belgian homes.
Imagine a royal sweet treat which was once treasured by the Emperor Franz Joseph, the imperial ruler of Austria-Hungary Empire. Such favourite it became of the emperor, that it got named Emperor Schmarrn. This light, sugary pastry dish became a constant companion of the Austrian Emperor, who often enjoyed it as a side dish to beef. A simple, no-frill pastry dish made of eggs, flour, milk and sugar, makes it light, fluffy and creamy sweetmeat which is often relished as a part of the main course.
Perhaps, the most popular chocolate cake in the world, which has become widely available and popular in the world. Sachertorte is nothing but the good, old-fashioned and trademark chocolate cake. Made of thick and rich dark chocolate and filled with a layer of apricot jams or blackcurrant, blueberry jams for added sweetness and flavour. Nowadays the orange, mango, strawberry, pineapple, butterscotch are also used as variations.
Portugal’s Doces Conventuais are a popular form of pastries widely consumed during breakfast and as assortments with main meals. Among the wide range of Doces Conventuais, Pastel de nata are the most popular ones, made of eggs, flour, milk, sugar and butter baked into perfection of a golden brown colour with an added tinge of vanilla and cinnamon syrup. The light, flaky and crispy outer crust are filled with a sweet, syrupy and creamy liquid, and are the best savoured with a warm cup of coffee or delicious breakfast.
A popular Italian dessert made of ladyfingers dipped in coffee and layered with a mixture of eggs, sugar, cheese, coffee and cocoa. The soft, spongy cake has a thick coffee flavour with a tinge of chocolate, cheese and dark rum. Nowadays, there are several variations of the added flavours in Tiramisu, but the key ingredients of ladyfingers, eggs, coffee, and cheese remain constant. Variations in flavours include chocolate, amaretto, berry, lemon, strawberry, orange, pineapple, yoghurt, banana, raspberry, coconut, dark rum and beer.
A fried dough pastry, mostly in long and thin sticks that are consumed with chocolate sauce is a popular sweet treat of Spain and Portugal. Widely available in the cafes during the breakfast or evening snacks, Churro, a light snack is made of flour, butter, eggs and sugar. The dough is fried in vegetable oil and often served with a sprinkling of cinnamon, which gives it a fresh and tangy feel.
The most popular Italian, low-fat ice creams which are in several vivid colours and flavours are the most sought after ice-creams in the world. The sweet but subtle taste and rich texture of ice creams makes it a perfect dessert to finish the most haute cuisine and the perfect gastronomic experience in Europe.