The Famous Peruvian Donuts Are Addictive

While you can’t buy happiness, surely you can buy donuts, and they are both kind of the same thing.

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The Light and Crispy Beginnings of Baklava

Baklava is a sweet, rich dessert. It is a pastry made into layers filled with sweetened chopped nuts that are held together with honey or syrup. Baklava was perfected in the sultan’s palace by royal bakers in Istanbul. It has phyllo for layers, filled with spices, and nuts drenched in syrup.  It is a Middle Eastern Rosh Hashannah traditional treat and is enjoyed throughout the year at all celebrations. 

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The History of Religieuse – Dessert of the Nuns

The French are known for their pastry making skills. Most of the pastries and desserts around the world can be traced back to French origins, making them sound more amazing and in some cases even taste better than manna from heaven. While there are too many desserts in France that one person can try, there are some that deserve to be at the top of a traveller or desert critic’s list.

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The Story of Viennoiseries

Viennoiserie could well be the most popular category of French pastry in the world, due to the croissant, its most well-known baked good. As it happens, however, the roll, which is in the shape of a crescent, isn’t actually as French as many think. It, in fact, came from the one-time Austrian Empire. The word itself describes a category of pastry that includes brioche, pain au raisins, and croissants. These pastries are associated with France, traditionally.

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The Religious History of Italian Pastry – Part 2

While made for pious reasons, among the more arousing pastries that the nuns made were the breast-shaped, sugar-glazed minni di virgin with a cherry-nipple topping. They were produced in Catania to honour Saint Agatha’s martyrdom and torture.

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The Religious History of Italian Pastry – Part 1

If it weren’t for the nuns and monks of Italy, we may not have had pastry, plumbing, and Plato. These religious Italians are credited with ensuring the safety of Western culture in the Dark Ages. As Western Europe was conquered and reformed by barbarians, convents and monasteries acted as safe havens.

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The History of Pastries – Part 2

Once British kitchens had established pastry-making as standard, a number of variations from different parts of the country began to surface. (more…)

The History of Pastries – Part 1

Many of the world’s finest creations trace back to classical and ancient times. Papyrus and hieroglyphics came from ancient Egypt, and the Romans, aside from aqueducts and military tactics, are thought to have given us all used types of pastry. (more…)

4 Pastries and Cakes That Have Gripped America

Americans are fond of nostalgia at the best of times but especially when it comes to classic desserts, whether it be a slice of apple pie, chocolate chip cookies, doughnuts, or cupcakes. (more…)

The History of Parisian Patisseries

Paris is simply a paradise for culinary lovers. However, once you’ve had a taste of the city’s finest eateries, you may be wondering where to go to sample some of its tastiest treats. (more…)