Around The World in 10 Desserts

3 Milk Cake, the cake I prepared - Personal photo
@LadyDuck (208022)
Switzerland
November 16, 2016 7:54am CST
Whether you are eating spaghetti in Italy, or savouring a raclette in Switzerland, the question that arises after your meal is always: "What is for dessert?" Each country has its favorite dessert. According to a survey those listed below seem to be the most popular: 1. Gelato is the Italian favorite. 2. British people prefer the Banoffee Pie. 3. Americans love the classic Apple Pie. 4. The traditional Dutch dessert is the oliebollen (oily balls). 5. South Africans love the "Tres Leches" cake (it is the one in my photo) 6. Sacher Torte is almost a national symbol for Austria, as well as 7. The Black Forrest cakes represents Germany. 8. Belgians love the gauffres (waffles) 9. While French people prefer the crème brûlée 10. and to close Baklava is the favorite in Turkey. I know that not all countries are listed. Can you share which is the favortie dessert in your country?
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@much2say (42619)
• United States
16 Nov 16
Oh gosh, I suppose "favorite dessert" depends on the tastebuds of the beholder . Here in the US, we seem to have an array of international desserts available as it is so diverse. One of our family favorites is Tres Leches - but I had the impression it was a Hispanic dessert as we see it in Hispanic bakeries (perhaps there are many versions of it around the world too!).
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@LadyDuck (208022)
• Switzerland
16 Nov 16
I also thought it was hispanic and I have been surprised to see it listed among the South African favorites. I know that I love that cake and I prepare it quite often.
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@much2say (42619)
• United States
17 Nov 16
@LadyDuck That's what surprised me on your list too! I should try to make it myself . . . the kids and I saw a video on Facebook like a couple months ago on what goes into Tres Leches. It wouldn't surprise me if you've made all those desserts before!!
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@LadyDuck (208022)
• Switzerland
17 Nov 16
@much2say I never made the Banoffee Pie, but I have made all the others.
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@DianneN (109040)
• United States
16 Nov 16
I love New York cheesecake. Everyone here in the USA must have their own favorite desserts. I have had all in your list, and loved the Sacher Torte when we visited Austria and the gelato in Italy the most. I thought the baklava was too sweet in Greece and Turkey, but I gobbled it up anyway! Lol!
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@LadyDuck (208022)
• Switzerland
16 Nov 16
Every time I eat baklava I say to my husband that it is too sweet, but I cannot resist to eat this very sweet dessert.
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@DianneN (109040)
• United States
16 Nov 16
@LadyDuck I seem to say that about most desserts, but I eat them anyway! To be honest, I frefer salty snacks such as popcorn or potato chips. I should stay away from both!
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@Marty1 (42824)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
17 Nov 16
@LadyDuck You are amazing making baklava. My sister wanted it for her wedding 21 years ago last Friday, and my mom went to a restaurant that catered and was Greek and got two or three big trays of it for the guests! I didn't have any as I didn't know what is in it and I still don't know. Will have to look up recipes for the things you mentioned as there are many I never heard of before your post I do know apple pie and gelato. Used to go to a buffet restaurant and they served that for dessert!!
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@marlina (83341)
• Canada
16 Nov 16
I can only speak for myself and I love the Black Forest Cake.
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@LadyDuck (208022)
• Switzerland
16 Nov 16
This is one of my favourite cakes, it's so rich, but also light.
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• United States
16 Nov 16
Since I'm in the US I'd have to pick the apple pie but many of the other desserts you listed are delicious. I've had gelato, black forest cake, creme brulee and baklava
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@LadyDuck (208022)
• Switzerland
16 Nov 16
I had everything of the listed desserts, I think that I love them all.
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@JudyEv (156265)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Nov 16
This is a great list. I love creme brulee and the cake in the photo looks delicious. I don't know about Australia's favourite dessert but Peach Melba originated in Australia and was created for one of our first opera singers (maybe the very first) Dame Nellie Melba. I think maybe the pavlova also originated in Australia and that is very popular too.
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@LadyDuck (208022)
• Switzerland
17 Nov 16
I remember the Peach Melba that was popular when I was a teenager, it was on every menu at those time, now has disappeared. I think that the Pavlova originated in New Zealand.
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@JudyEv (156265)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Nov 16
@LadyDuck I'm sure you're right but it's popular here.
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@LadyDuck (208022)
• Switzerland
17 Nov 16
@JudyEv The Pavlova was popular in France, for the Orthodox New Year. There were many rich Russian families who lived in Monte-Carlo.
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@MALUSE (48792)
• Germany
16 Nov 16
I could never eat Black Forest Cake as dessert. It's much too rich. I can eat it in the afternoon with a cup of coffee or tea.
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@pgntwo (22713)
• Douglas, Isle Of Man
16 Nov 16
Hence the close knit between Tchibo coffee shops and delicious tasty cakes in Germany @MALUSE.
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@LadyDuck (208022)
• Switzerland
17 Nov 16
@MALUSE I never eat desserts after a meal, I do the same as you, in the afternoon with a cup of tea (no coffee after 2 PM).
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@thelme55 (16171)
• Germany
24 Nov 16
@MALUSE I think Schwarzwäldetorte aka Black Forest cake is lighter than Sacher Torte. I can eat them only at Coffee or tea time in the afternoon.
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@MarymargII (11173)
• Toronto, Ontario
16 Nov 16
Not really sure but we do love apple pies, fruit pies, pumpkin pie, and cakes of all kinds. Not to mention donuts--haha!
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@LadyDuck (208022)
• Switzerland
16 Nov 16
Quite strangely donuts were not even mentioned among the American favourites.
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@MarymargII (11173)
• Toronto, Ontario
18 Nov 16
@LadyDuck I think they are more popular in Canada- we eat far too many of them!
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@LadyDuck (208022)
• Switzerland
18 Nov 16
@MarymargII I have tried them, but they are too greasy, the taste is good, but hard on the stomach.
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@Fleura (8833)
• United Kingdom
16 Nov 16
I always find it funny when people say 'As American as apple pie!' because I always thought of apple pie as British, not American at all!
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@LadyDuck (208022)
• Switzerland
16 Nov 16
This was a survey and I do not even know who they questioned. They mentioned the Banoffee Pie as the new British favorite. To be honest I never tried this dessert.
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@Fleura (8833)
• United Kingdom
16 Nov 16
@LadyDuck I have made it a few times, it's very easy!
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@LadyDuck (208022)
• Switzerland
16 Nov 16
@Fleura I have to look for a recipe.
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@Dena91 (5257)
• United States
16 Nov 16
As an American, apple pies are good but I prefer cherry or blueberry. And I really like creme brulee though I don't eat it often.
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@LadyDuck (208022)
• Switzerland
16 Nov 16
I also love creme brulee, my mother-in-law was the Queen of creme brulee.
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@snowy22315 (62631)
• United States
17 Nov 16
@LadyDuck Creme Brulee is awesome, but quite fattening.
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@LadyDuck (208022)
• Switzerland
17 Nov 16
@snowy22315 It is too rich, it's fine only if you had a very light meal, some fish and nothing else.
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@Tampa_girl7 (28599)
• United States
16 Nov 16
I love anything dark chocolate.
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@LadyDuck (208022)
• Switzerland
16 Nov 16
So you surely love both the Sacher Torte and the Black Forrest, I love it.
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@marlina (83341)
• Canada
16 Nov 16
@LadyDuck Never tried the Sacher Torte but I have the feeling that I would "love" it.
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@LadyDuck (208022)
• Switzerland
16 Nov 16
@marlina I prefer the Black Forrest to the Sacher Torte because the Sacher it's a bit too sweet, but it's good anyway.
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@rebelann (46631)
• El Paso, Texas
16 Nov 16
You did show Apple pie for the US, but my favorite if it's done right is the pumpkin pie and once in a while I like a slice of banana creme pie. Of course I don't eat desserts often but when I do those are the ones I look for. I miss mom's desserts though. She never made them too sweet and her Apple pie was to die for. She also made a plum cake which we dubbed the plum pizza because the crust was flat with plums layered across it. I miss her desserts.
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@LadyDuck (208022)
• Switzerland
16 Nov 16
Apple pie is what most Americans voted during the survey, as they are the other desserts. I do not consider at all the gelato an Italian favourite dessert. This is something we enjoy in summer and not often after the meals.
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@rebelann (46631)
• El Paso, Texas
16 Nov 16
I see your point @LadyDuck I don't consider ice cream of any kind as a dessert but then thats just me.
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@LadyDuck (208022)
• Switzerland
16 Nov 16
@rebelann I also do not consider the ice cream as a dessert. I can add a scoop of ice cream to a pie, but I would never serve a simple gelato instead of a serious dessert.
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@amadeo (87276)
• United States
16 Nov 16
Not sure what favorite.Apple pie been always.People love their cheese cake
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@LadyDuck (208022)
• Switzerland
16 Nov 16
I love the cheese cake too Alfredo. To be honest I love many pies and cakes and ice creams and gelati.
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@Asylum (48157)
• Manchester, England
16 Nov 16
Personally I prefer either Sahara or Gobi.
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@LadyDuck (208022)
• Switzerland
16 Nov 16
Barry you scared me, for a moment I thought I wrote deserts instead of desserts. I can understand that Mr. Genie prefer a desert, where to hide his lamp and be quiet for centuries.
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@Asylum (48157)
• Manchester, England
16 Nov 16
@LadyDuck The only problem is that they do tend to be rather gritty and get stuck between the teeth.
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@LadyDuck (208022)
• Switzerland
17 Nov 16
@Asylum Desserts that are too try or too sticky are a problem, but the moist desserts should not get stuck between the teeth.
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@Poppylicious (10490)
16 Nov 16
I would love to know who they asked. Banoffee Pie is something I would never eat. I do know people who like it, but I don't think any of them would choose it over something else. Judging by pub menus, I'd say that cheesecake is far more popular in the UK!
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@pgntwo (22713)
• Douglas, Isle Of Man
16 Nov 16
Cheesecake gets my vote - but the German Käsekuchen is the best! Then the baked New York style...
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17 Nov 16
@pgntwo I could eat any type. Yummy!
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@LadyDuck (208022)
• Switzerland
17 Nov 16
I am also curious to know who they asked because Italians surely do not consider the gelato a dessert. I want to write to the author of the newspaper article and ask the source of the survey.
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@SIMPLYD (88343)
• Philippines
17 Nov 16
Here in the Philippines , It's leche flan or the halo-halo . I kow you already know what a halo-halo is . I have posted about t complete with picture before in the now defunct Bubblews .
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@LadyDuck (208022)
• Switzerland
17 Nov 16
Yes, I remember the halo-halo and I also know the leche flan, that was surely imported from Spaniard, who makes something very similar, that they call Crema Catalana (or crema quemada).
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@SIMPLYD (88343)
• Philippines
17 Nov 16
@LadyDuck Have you tasted a leche flan? It's a favorite dessert of my husband .
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@LadyDuck (208022)
• Switzerland
17 Nov 16
@SIMPLYD Yes, I have tasted many times, my mother-in-law used to make leche flan, that we call creme caramel in Italy.
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17 Nov 16
Apple cake is the best !! :D
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@LadyDuck (208022)
• Switzerland
18 Nov 16
I like all all the cakes, pies and pastries, apple cake is good, but there are so many others that are good.
19 Nov 16
@LadyDuck which for example??
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@LadyDuck (208022)
• Switzerland
19 Nov 16
@speedykitty Blueberry pie and strawberry shortcake, those are among my favorite.
@1hopefulman (38603)
• Canada
18 Nov 16
I think in Canada we are not particular, we eat them all.
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@LadyDuck (208022)
• Switzerland
18 Nov 16
Also in Italy we eat them all.
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@1hopefulman (38603)
• Canada
18 Nov 16
@LadyDuck I've gone to many get-togethers where they have many different kinds of sweets and people eat 3 and 4 helpings of desserts. I try to avoid them but sometimes I try a few and it is hard to stop as they are all so good.
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@LadyDuck (208022)
• Switzerland
18 Nov 16
@1hopefulman This is the problem when you have a buffet with many desserts. I try to avoid, but sometimes I also test several of them.
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@silvermist (20071)
• India
18 Nov 16
@LadyDuck I like Gelato , Cheesecake, Apple pie(with icecream ).I am not a fan of Baklava.
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@LadyDuck (208022)
• Switzerland
18 Nov 16
I am not a fan of Baklava either, it is too sweet. I love your Kheer.
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@silvermist (20071)
• India
23 Nov 16
@LadyDuck I too like kheer.It is not too sweet.Have you ever had " Gulab Jamun"?
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@LadyDuck (208022)
• Switzerland
23 Nov 16
@silvermist Yes, I had Gulab Jamun in a (real) Indian restaurant in the United States. A bit too sweet for my taste.
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• United States
16 Nov 16
i aint ne'er been big'n desserts myself, though e'ery now'n then get a hankerin' fer a wonderful, homemade mixed fruit crumble with freshly whipped cream.
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@LadyDuck (208022)
• Switzerland
17 Nov 16
A good homemade crumble with whipped cream and a scoop of vanilla ice cream is also one of my favorite.
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• United States
18 Nov 16
@LadyDuck 'n now i'm droolin', lol.
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@thelme55 (16171)
• Germany
24 Nov 16
@LadyDuck Oh my. I am drooling reading here.
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@valmnz (14864)
• New Zealand
18 Nov 16
Pavlova is the traditional summer dish here, otherwise we enjoy a wide range of imported desserts.
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@LadyDuck (208022)
• Switzerland
18 Nov 16
Judy Evans mentioned the Pavlova, she thought it was Australian, I replied that I think it is a New Zealand creation, I see that you confirm.
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@valmnz (14864)
• New Zealand
18 Nov 16
@LadyDuck ha, ha, there is a lot of disagreement between the two countries about who 'owns' it.
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@LadyDuck (208022)
• Switzerland
18 Nov 16
@valmnz Ha ha, like my native city (Milano) and Austria. We had Austrian domination and they "stole" many of our recipes and now pretend they invented them.
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