This is how we celebrate #NationalDessertDay

#NationalDessertDay is celebrated annually, which happens to fall on a Monday this year – We think that’s an excellent reason to indulge in your favorite after-dinner sweets and banish your Monday blues.

Ernestine Ulmer said “Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first.” That’s probably the best advice you’re ever likely to get! Dessert, Pudding, Sweets, or Afters – whatever name you have for the sweets served at the end of a meal, it is sure to be everyone’s favourite course.

In western nations, dessert often means cakes, cookies, biscuits, gelatins, pastries, ice creams, pies, puddings, and candies. In other parts of the world, the sweet course takes on unique cultural twists. Russians, for example, enjoy breakfast foods such as blint, oladi, and syrniki served with honey and jam to turn them into dessert. Ostensibly healthier options such as fresh or dried fruit, cheese, or yogurt are popular in the Mediterranean.

For some folks, eating dessert after the main meal is a daily institution. For others, it’s reserved for special occasions or when dining out. Weddings and birthdays are the most popular events for a celebratory dessert. Instead of traditional wedding cake, modern couples are going for something a little different. Think waffles, DIY parfaits, doughnuts or macarons, stacked artfully in a cake-like tower.

We’ve rounded up a selection of well-known desserts from around the world; this year on #NationalDessertDay, try something different from your usual treat. You may just discover a new favourite signature dessert!

Peru: Picarones – these Peruvian doughnuts are made by deep-frying a combination of sweet potato, squash, flour, yeast, sugar, and anise.

 

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Japan: Mochi – This Japanese treat gets its name from mochigome, glutinous rice that is pounded into a paste and molded into a spherical shape. Mochi is most often eaten at Japanese New Year.

 

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England: Banoffee Pie – who knew that bananas, cream, and toffee layered in a crumbly biscuit base could be so ridiculously decadent! Sometimes made with chocolate or coffee, Banoffee Pie is a quick and easy crowd-pleaser.

 

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Australia: Lamingtons – Resembling little edible hedgehogs, Lamingtons are small squares of sponge cake, coated in chocolate and then rolled in coconut flakes. Hmmm!

 

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Egypt: Om Ali – directly translated as “mother of Ali” this traditional dessert consists of puff pastry, milk, sugar, vanilla, raisins, coconut flakes, and a variety of nuts baked together to create an exotic treat.

 

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South Africa: Milk Tart – a creamy custard tart made from milk, sugar, flour, and eggs, Milk Tart dates back to the 17th century and is reminiscent of traditional Dutch desserts, while the sprinkling of cinnamon on top is a result of South Africa’s trade with Indonesia.

 

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Enjoy! -Ocean Blue World