We seem to have reached a consensus – the best way to get through quarantine is to bake. It’s time to get out the mixing bowl and put on your apron because who doesn’t like dessert? Not only is baking proven to be a great activity to reduce stress, but you also get to eat your creations, another great activity. Here are some of our favourite sweet treats. Try your hand at them and travel the world through your taste buds.
We almost went with crème brûlée but thought this list could do with more chocolate. No one does dessert quite like the French. Chocolate cake with a gooey middle? We’re all for it.
If you want to make this dish extra delicious, serve with berries and vanilla ice cream.
These custard tarts are one of the best things about a holiday in Portugal. One bite of these will take you back to your favourite memories in the beautiful country. We made our pastéis de nata with pre-made puff pastry to save time, but if you’re up for the challenge and want a more authentic taste, make your own rough puff pastry.
Some people also add in lemon zest to the custard. If you would like to try this, grate a sprinkle of it into the mixture when you add in the cinnamon stick.
This Viennese treat is a real crowd-pleaser. In fact, the oldest known recipe dates back to 1697, so it's been hitting the mark for hundreds of years. As with the pastéis de nata recipe, you are welcome to make your own homemade unleavened dough but we went with store-bought pastry for simplicity.
Serve the apple strudel on its own or with vanilla sauce, custard, cream or ice cream.
Our list wouldn’t be complete without this classic dessert. This coffee-flavoured sweet treat literally translates to “pick me up” and it certainly is just that. Prepare yourself for mouth-watering bliss.
For chocolate lovers, feel free to grate chocolate and sprinkle on top to really bring out the bittersweet flavours.
Is there anything more deliciously British than a light, buttery Victoria sponge cake? It was named after Queen Victoria, who enjoyed the treat with afternoon tea. What better way to get through quarantine than to have a dessert that is literally fit for a queen?
Feel free to swap the double cream out for buttercream if you have more of a sweet-tooth.
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