“Dessert makes everything better.”
Ending November on a sweet note before the flurry of madness that is the final month of the year begins, I thought it would be a perfect time to gush over almost always welcome pictures of my favourite desserts. I don’t know about you, but dessert is my favourite course. I might not always finish my main course, but dessert? Well, I tend to deliberately make room for dessert.
Let’s get dribbling.
- Viennese Whirls
Can you believe that I only very recently discovered that this exists? Boy, have I been living under a rock, so thank you, Tesco, for enlightening me and bringing such indescribable joy into my life. These British biscuits contain some of my favourite things I could ever want in a dessert: biscuit (I am perfectly happy to eat biscuits on its own just FYI), buttercream and jam.
A good ole cheesecake will rarely disappoint… though I have experienced a fair share of eclectic cheesecake disasters. And I… hate chocolate cheesecake, a pair as terrible to behold as Rachel and Joey’s hardly believable love affair. Toffee cheesecake is beautiful, but the best kind of cheesecake is fruity cheesecake à la strawberry/blueberry style. Skewd’s blueberry cheesecake in Cockfosters, London is an absolute delight if you’re looking for a good blueberry cheesecake!
- Victoria Sponge Cake
A classic British favourite! Cake, raspberry and buttercream made even better when you top it with strawberries… gimme!
- Caramel Tart
I don’t know about other South Asian folks, but this is a common favourite amongst my fellow Bengali’s. If we feel like playing it safe, we look towards caramel tart because it so rarely fails to deliver. I don’t want it salted, I don’t want any chocolate layered on top, I don’t want any unnecessarily extra whipped cream; I just want a simple, old-school caramel tart with chocolate sprinkles that we got in primary school! There are a few things you shouldn’t let go of, and this is definitely one of them.
The mother of all Turkish desserts. I’m not the greatest fan of Turkish food, but if Turkish food has a crowning glory then it is this delicious pastry and nutty little thing! In small doses, of course, too much nutty will also make my throat really nutty. Oh, no, let me stop right there…
You probably haven’t heard of this one before! Kheer is my all-time favourite South Asian (Indian) dessert and us South Asians (well, Bengali’s) usually have it for dessert during weddings. It’s essentially a rice pudding topped with almonds, cardamom, pistachio and saffron. It is ridiculously sweet… and I like it like that.
- Coconut Cake
Alright, guys, don’t attack me. I LOVE coconut cake and Tesco will occasionally (or seasonally?) sell these fantastic coconut cakes. It’s fluffy, coconutty, creamy, and it’s cakey and you gotta at least try it once!
- Raspberry Dark Chocolate Torte
Rich dark chocolate (y’all know that dark chocolate is the best chocolate for me) and fruity deliciousness in the form of raspberries… that’s. the. stuff. Carluccio’s introduced me to it and Carluccio’s also stopped doing it and it’s just, ugh, why?! Bring it back, bring it back, bring it back, bring it back to me… please.
- Brown Derby
Now, this is a Wimpy franchise exclusive, so you can only get it from this one chain… but! Donut! Chocolate sauce! Ice cream! Remove the nuts! What a knock-out triple combination power move… and I don’t even usually like donuts unless it’s a jam donut.
- Tartlette Fraise
… I really have a thing for berries. A thing? Whew, sounds like an obsession methinks. Anyway-uh, this exquisite French delicacy is available at your nearest Paul bakery. FYI, Paul also make the BEST tuna niçoise I have ever eaten which is perfect if you’re looking for a lunchtime salad and their macaroons are delicious too! Paul, you’re doing amazing sweetie.
Do you agree with my choices? What’s your favourite dessert? Are you as obsessed with berries as I am? And the biggie… what are some of the most popular desserts in your country/culture? Let me know in the comments!
Connect with me: