The Great British Bake Off is over for another year, but we’re not ready to say goodbye to mouth-watering cakes, pastries and desserts just yet. In honour of this series’ 10 episodes, we’ve compiled a countdown of the top 10 cakes in Europe – consider it food for thought for your next holiday!
Apple Strudel (Austria)
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The oldest surviving pastry recipe resides in the Vienna City Library so you can be sure that Austrians know a thing or two about making a perfect apple strudel. Expect layers of crisp filo pastry and flaked almonds encasing baked apples and currants – bursts of cinnamon and brown sugar bring each slice alive.
Gateau Breton (France)
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One of the joys of holidaying somewhere different every year is discovering new food, and our first visit to Brittany didn’t disappoint. Forget the moules frites of Normandy and the Foie Gras of Périgord, Gateau Breton is the true taste of France. This sweet, rich treat is unmissable and unforgettable.
Cinnamon buns (Sweden)
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While in Sweden recently, I had the great pleasure of partaking in frequent ‘fika’ – the Swedish tradition of enjoying coffee and pastry over a chat with friends. The pastry of choice was the cinnamon bun – a lovely, light pastry topped with pearl sugar. Simply delicious.
Fancy making your own? Recipe here.
Tarte aux pommes (France)
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This French tart is a classic, made with sweet pastry and tangy stewed apples it makes a delicious dessert when served with cream or vanilla ice cream, or can simply be enjoyed on it’s own with a cup of coffee.
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During a visit to Denmark, we headed to find some Fragilite. Created by pastry chef Johannes Steen in the early 1900s the pastry was heavily influenced by France, like many of the dishes at the time.
A light yet rich blend of meringue, hazelnut, coffee butter-cream and chocolate – this dessert deserves to be more-well recognised than it is. I take my hat off to Johanne Steen on this one, it was thoroughly delicious.
Follow this recipe to make your own fragilite
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With its name coming from Italian meaning “pick-me-up” this is certainly a cake for those who like a kick to their desserts. The smooth flavour of mascarpone combines fantastically with deep espresso undertones coming from soaked ladyfingers, and of course topped off with semi-sweet chocolate shavings.
Pastel de nata (Portuguese)
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There are lots of amazing activities to fill your days in Lisbon, but the national cake/ dessert should be top of your list. Pastel de nata are small custard tarts – even better, they’re totally acceptable for breakfast.
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Germany speciality Streuselkuchen (crumb cake) originates from the Silesia province, which is now classed as western Poland. The cake is very popular and sold all over Germany; on a trip to Hamburg, we were told by locals to head to ‘Petit Cafe’ for our first try! It might not look too glamorous, but this crumb cake is a perfect blend of sweet and sour complemented with a thick, moist, pastry – making it a very rich and filling.
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There’s no actual record of where ‘Sakotis’ or tree cake was born, however we do know it was created during the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (1569-1791). When I first set eyes on the dessert, its strange shape, resembling a tree, bemused me slightly. However it was very tasty and surprisingly soft with just the right amount of sweetness.
Learn more about them here >
Toblerone brownie (Switzerland)
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Now this is cheating, ever so slightly, but we couldn’t resist including a bake that combines two of the world’s greatest things: brownies and toblerone. This epic treat takes a distinctly Swiss product – the mighty peaked toblerone – and serves it up much closer to home (makers Hey Little Cupcake! hail from Manchester).
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