No meal is complete without dessert. And every country has some iconic desserts that you absolutely must try. Even though you probably can’t travel at the moment, you can still satisfy your sweet tooth with these easy dessert recipes inspired by countries around the world. 

This list of delicious sweets will give you a taste of what you might come across while you’re travelling, or even help you get over your holiday blues by recreating your favourite dishes. From sprinkle-coated Brazilian chocolate balls to creamy French crème brûlée, these simple desserts are the perfect thing to try out during your lockdown cooking sessions.  

Easy Dessert Recipes From Around The World That You Can Actually Make

2Churros  — Deep-Fried Dough Sticks From Spain

Churros are deep-fried treats from Spain that are now really popular across Latin America, particularly Mexico, Colombia and Guatemala. Choux-like pastry is piped through a star-shaped nozzle into hot oil, fried until golden brown and then sprinkled with sugar. They’re traditionally found at street vendors or in cafes and are often served with hot chocolate or dulche de leche

Recipe here

4Tres Leches Cake — A Light And Airy Cake From Mexico

Tres leches means “three milks”, and this creamy sponge cake features three kinds of milk—evaporated, condensed and cream. Together, they create a light and airy texture that has made it a classic in Mexican kitchens. It’s said to have been a result of Nestlé’s popularisation of condensed and evaporated milk in the 1940s. 

Recipe here

5Milk Tart — Custard Tarts From South Africa 

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This is one of South Africa’s most beloved desserts, and it can give the tres leches cake a run for its money. Milk Tarts can be traced back to the 17th century when the Dutch first settled in South Africa. Reminiscent of Dutch desserts, it’s a creamy custard tart made from milk, sugar, flour and eggs. Be sure to add a sprinkling of cinnamon to this easy dessert recipe (an ingredient that’s a result of South Africa’s trade with Indonesia).

Recipe here

6Crème Brûlée —  A Rich Creamy Treat From France

The origins of this dish are unclear, with England, Spain and France all claiming to have invented it. However, crème brûlée became most popular in France and is a favourite dessert for a reason. A rich, creamy egg custard, it’s topped with sugar that’s browned to a layer of hard, crunchy caramel.

Recipe here

7Apple Pie — An Iconic And Popular Pie From America

While Europe and England have long histories of making fruit pies (that probably inspired the Americans), there’s something that’s just quintessentially American about apple pie. In this simple dessert, apple slices are coated in cinnamon and sugar and encased in a flaky crust.   

Recipe here

8Waffles — A Light And Airy Treat From Belgium

Just as apple pies have become synonymous with America, Belgian waffles are famous around the world. The batter often includes sugar that caramelizes when cooked. These waffles are a common street snack and are eaten warm and topped with powdered sugar or Nutella (but not syrup).

Recipe here

10Kheer — A Warm Rice Pudding From India

Kheer or payasam is an ancient Indian dessert that’s believed to have originated in the Lord Jagannath Temple in Orissa. Nothing can beat good old kheer when it comes to easy dessert recipes. This creamy rice pudding has several variations across the country and is popular at festivals and celebrations. For this simple dessert, rice or wheat is boiled with milk and sugar and flavoured with dried fruits, nuts, cardamom, and saffron. 

Recipe here

12Tangyuan — Sweet Dumplings From China 

Tangyuan are sweet dumplings that are traditionally eaten on the 15th day of Chinese New Year (to signify the end of the celebrations). However, they can be enjoyed year-round. Made from glutinous rice flour, these chewy balls can be filled with red bean, black sesame, or peanuts and are usually covered in a syrupy broth. 

Recipe here

Also Read: 20 Lip Smacking Soups To Try From Around The World

So, Which Of These Lockdown Desserts Will You Be Making To Branch Out Your Baking Skills?

While we can’t travel and taste every delicious famous dessert around the world right now, we live in an age where we can drool over mouth-watering desserts from different countries in the comfort of our homes. So, branch out your lockdown cooking skills with these simple desserts from across the globe. Let us know in the comments below which of these easy dessert recipes you plan on trying first.


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