Various Best Desserts from Across the Globe

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Quindim - Brazil

During the colonization of Brazil, nuns used egg whites to iron their clothes. Naturally, they were left with a large quantity of egg yolks that they didn’t know what to do with. Thus was born a small coconut flan known as quindim.

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Poor man’s pudding - Canada

Great Depression recipe, originally made with inexpensive ingredients. This is no longer the case, however, as butter, cream, and maple syrup now make it a luxurious treat.

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Pastéis de nata - Portugal

Pastéis de nata is a small flan baked in a puff pastry tart. It was originally invented by Lisbon monks, who eventually shared their recipe. Nearly 184 years later, the pastry has travelled the world.

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Pavlova - New Zealand

The good thing about this recipe is that it calls for egg whites. That means you can use the yolks to make another dessert on this list. Combine meringue, cream, and fruit for a totally enchanting creation

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Flan - France

Originally known as dariole, flan is a 13th-century French invention. It was even served during the coronation of Henry IV.

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Halo-halo - Philippines

What if it were sweet and garnished with delicious toppings, too?! Halo-halo is the Philippines’ most popular dessert. It’s actually derived from a Japanese dessert made with shaved ice and sweetened beans.

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Suspiro a la limeña - Peru

This dessert was invented in the 19th century by a poet’s wife. Meaning the “sigh of Lima,” it’s comprised of a smooth, condensed-milk cream and topped with a light port meringue. While finding it outside of Peru is rare

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Kulfi - India

This milk-based dessert was likely created near the Himalayas. Originally, milk was poured into small clay pots and covered with a mixture of salt and ice

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Basbousa - Egypt

small cake made of fine semolina wheat. Dating to the Ottoman Empire, it was created to celebrate the conquest of Armenia in the 16th century. Basbousa is sometimes made with almond or coconut powder

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Waffles - Belgium

Belgium is famous for its waffles. Their history, however, remains unclear and rather mysterious. It’s believed that an 18th-century prince asked his chef to make him a hot

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Kek lapis Sarawak - Indonesia/Malaysia

kek lapis Sarawak is probably one of the most complex desserts ever made. This relatively new cake first appeared in Indonesia in the 1970s. Kek lapis Sarawak requires a lot of time and expertise

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Malva pudding - South Africa

caramel cake made with apricot jam and topped with a rich cream sauce. Caramel and cream sauce, you say? Foodies are in for a treat! The history of malva pudding is unclear and subject to multiple theories.

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