Do you like desserts? If you were asked to describe your favorite, which one would it be? The world – from Australia to the US and from Europe to Africa – is full of different sweet flavors. Some are more popular and some less. What are the best desserts in the world? We thought we knew. Apparently not. So we threw it open for a vote on the poll. And now, after more than 849,400 votes, it seems that we are completely wrong. The best dessert in the world is not Cheesecake, but Alfajores. The 10 best desserts in the world according to readers are below. Enjoy your meal.
- Alfajores (VOTES: 95,400): This is a traditional dessert that can be found in neighborhood bakeries all over South America. The main ingredients of alfajores are flour, honey, almonds, hazelnuts and dulce de leche. Alfajores are presented in a cylindrical shape. There is one layer of biscuit, a second layer of dulce de leche which is the filling, and another layer of biscuit. Alfajores are very popular in Argentina, Peru and Uruguay.
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- Gulab Jamun (VOTES: 94,100): It is an Indian sweet. The main ingredients are khoa and saffron. Khoa is milk that has been reduced to the consistency of a soft dough. There is a specific process for preparing khoa (milk powder). Then khoa is kneaded into a dough with a small amount of flour and formed into small balls. These balls are fried in oil or clarified butter and often garnished with dried nuts such as almonds.
- Kashata (VOTES: 90,700): It is a traditional East African sweet sold in markets and street corners. The main ingredients are grated coconut, sugar, a little water, cardamom and saffron. All ingredients are mixed and cooked over low heat (the secret is the caramelized sugar) and then small bars are prepared.
- Medovik (VOTES: 88,500): It is one of Russia’s best loved cakes. The main ingredients are flour, sour cream, sugar, eggs and honey. This cake consists of many layers of dough and cream filling. It is often covered with nuts. Today there are many variations of Medovik, with condensed milk, butter cream or custard.
- Oliebollen (VOTES: 85,300): Oliebollen comes from the Netherlands and is a wonderful way to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Oliebollen are actually oliebollen. The main ingredients used in the preparation of this sweet are flour, eggs, yeast, salt, milk, baking powder and currants. Two spoons are usually used to scoop a certain amount of dough, which is then placed in a deep fryer filled with hot oil. Oliebollen are best eaten warm from street stalls called oliebollenkrams.
- Jian Dui (VOTES: 82,100): Also called sesame balls. This Chinese dessert is made from glutinous rice flour, sesame seeds and various fillings such as lotus seeds, black beans or red bean pastes. The crispy balls are baked. Inside the ball is a large cavity that is created by the expansion of the dough. Depending on the region, jian dui is known as matuan in northern China, ma yuan in northeastern China, and zhen dai in Hainan.
- Sticky Toffee Pudding (VOTES: 81400): It is one of the most delicious British desserts. It has a soft cake base studded with chopped dates and then drowned in a creamy sauce. Much of the signature flavor comes from syrup or molasses. It is considered a British classic dessert.
- Tiramisu (VOTES: 78,600): It is a very popular Italian dessert based on Savoy biscuits (or other biscuits that are easily rubbed), moistened with coffee and topped with a cream made from mascarpone, cream, eggs and sugar. In some variations, the cream is also flavored with liqueur. The origin of tiramisu is between Friuli and Veneto.
- Kouign Amann (VOTES: 77,200): It is a type of cake originating in Brittany-France. The main ingredients of kouign amann are yeast-raised dough, butter and sugar. Actually, this dessert contains layers of butter and sugar, but the strict recipe calls for a ratio of 40% dough, 30% butter, and 30% sugar. It is slowly baked until the butter puffs up the dough and the sugar caramelizes.
- Cheesecake (VOTES: 76,100) : We are not referring to the regular cheesecake, but to another one that comes from Japan. It’s soft, light and fluffy. And of course this cheesecake is baked. The main ingredients are flour, cream cheese, butter, milk, eggs and sugar.
The secret is an unusual technique for mixing whipped egg whites – a meringue – with cream cheese and vanilla. This secret causes the cake to grow tall without using baking powder.