10 of Europe's Greatest Desserts

By Halal Trip | 02, Jun, 2016
10 of Europe's Greatest Desserts

While traveling; exploring a country’s fascinating sights, and learning about its history and culture, is every travel addict’s dream, we think eating your way through a country is what truly makes you fall in love with the destination. Some of the greatest desserts in the world come from Europe - Eastern, Western, Northern, Southern and Central Europe. Europe’s best desserts so varied and so incredibly delectable, we had a hard time narrowing it down to just 10! If you ever find yourself in Europe, don’t leave without savoring at least a few of these quick and easy desserts that are loved world-over!


1. Gelato, Italygelato, italy

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There’s no better way to beat the heat than with a delicious, cold, creamy gelato! This dessert is pretty much what we know as ice-cream, but is made in a traditional Italian style, with more intense flavors and usually with all-natural ingredients. While Italy is home to countless gelaterias, take your time and hunt for the ones that serve the fresh, handmade kind. Trust us, it’ll be worth it!


2. Churros, Spain

Golden strips of deepfried dough sprinkled with icing sugar or cinnamon, and served with a container full of melted chocolate, churros are classic Spanish sweet treats that will keep you going back for more. 


3. Turkish Delight, Turkey

Haven’t tried Turkish delight? You’ve truly been missing out! This classic Middle Eastern sweet is mostly associated with Turkey, but variations of it can also be found in places such as Lebanon, Greece, Syria and so on. The bite-size gel cubes come in a variety of flavors - such as mint, orange and rosewater - and are packed with a selection of ingredients ranging from nuts to dates. 


4. Cannoli, Italycannoli italy

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A crispy dough tube fried to golden perfection, and filled with a creamy, sweet ricotta filling? Italy, here we come! The Italian pastry is also quite popular in the United States, where variations of it can be found.


5. Black Forest Gateau, Germany

Black Forest Gateau, or SchwarzwälderKirschtorte in German, is a divine layered dessert consisting of chocolate cake, whipped cream and cherries - considered to be one of the greatest chocolate desserts ever. While variations of this dessert can be found all over the world, where better to try it out for the first time, than in its country of origin!


6. Baklava, Greece

Flaky layers of filo pastry, and sugary spiced nuts, with syrup or honey drizzled on top. Yum! Baklava is a Mediterranean and Middle Eastern specialty that is crunchy, and sweet and absolutely mouthwatering! The popular dessert is usually served in Greece during special occasions, and is made in a variety of ways throughout the country. 


7. Macarons, Francemacarons france

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There is no way your trip to France is complete without tasting a macaron. Incredibly hard to perfect, the best macarons are hard and crunchy on the outside, but soft on the inside, and melt-in-your-mouth delicious. Found at bakeries all over France, this meringue-based sweet comes in several flavours and are known to look as incredible as they taste.


8. Panna Cotta, Italy

This wiggly Italian dessert may be quite simple to make, but boy does it taste anything but! Panna cotta’s are creamy and silky in texture, and exquisite in flavor, and are usually served with berries, or a delicious sauce. 


9. Banoffee Pie, United Kingdom

If you go bananas for banana, the iconic Banoffee pie is a definite must-have. The English dessert is a combination of bananas, sticky toffee, and cream that is layered onto a buttery biscuit, or pastry base. 


10. Tiramisu, Italytiramisu italy

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Not a fan of coffee? Tiramisu will convert you! This coffee-flavored Italian dessert that literally means "pick me up", is a combination of ladyfingers dipped in coffee, mascarpone filling, and cocoa. One spoon-full of this dreamy dessert, and your trip to Italy is complete! 

*Please note that some variations of the above desserts may contain non-Halal ingredients.


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