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15 Most popular and Best Desserts in Europe

15 Most popular and best desserts in Europe

Traveling around the world, especially Europe has gotten me to try some of the best and worst desserts, therefore I decided to create a post that covers top desserts to try in Europe so that you know what you have to try and where.

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Best European Desserts

Let us dive into some of the best European desserts that you can try.

15. Puffers, Netherlands

Pancakes with berries on tray

Puffer or as they are called in Netherlands Poffertjes are small, round Dutch pancakes that can be easily made with yeast and buckwheat flour. 

The only difference is that they are baked in a special pan called poffertjespan, and they are usually served outdoors, at festivals and events.

Places to try the best Puffers in the Netherlands:

14. Pastel de nata, Portugal

Pastel de nata

Pastel de nata is a traditional Portuguese dessert that is known all over the world. There are numerous variations of Pastel de nata, but it is believed that the best ones should have tarts sprinkled with cinnamon and served with a cup of coffee.

Places to try the best Pastel de nata in Portugal:

13. Medovik, Russia

Medovik dessert on tray

Any honey lovers out there? Medovik is a popular Russian dessert that is usually prepared with whipped cream and covered in honey.

Places to try the best Medovik in Russia:

12. Sernik, Poland

Sernik Cheesecake on tray

Sernik is a cheesecake from Poland, originated from old Christian and Jewish tradition. Sernik is made very similarly to any other cheesecake, but the main difference is that the cheese is different, Sernik uses twaróg – a type of curd cheese that has been used in cuisine for a long time.

Places to try the best Sernik in Poland:

11. Mousse, France

Chocolate Mousse with berries

Mousse is a fluffy, creamy sweet, or savory dessert that is originally from 18th-century France. There are several varieties of mousse, from vanilla mousse to chocolate, Mousse Au Cafe, and many others.

Places to try the best Mousse in France:

10. Crumble, England

Crumble with berries

Crumbles are one of the most popular if not the most popular desserts in England, a close cousin of pie, crumble is simple and hearty baked creation that can be made with sweet or savory ingredients. 

Original crumble is usually made of fruit that is placed on the bottom of the tray and topped with a crumbly mixture of butter, sugar, and flour.

Places to try the best Crumble in England:

9. Churros, Spain

Churros with chocolate and strawberries

Churros are some of the smallest but best quick desserts that you will try. Long strips of fried dough rolled in cinnamon sugar and then dipped in chocolate.

Churros are popular among tourists and locals and you can have them all over Spain.

Places to try the best Churros in Spain:

8. Waffles, Belgium

Waffles covered with chocolate and berries

Large golden-brown snacks that can be used as breakfast, desserts, or anything in between? Yes, waffles are some of the most popular desserts in the world, and one of the best waffles originates from Belgium.

Belgium Waffles come in different varieties but the best ones in my opinion are Liege ones. Liege Waffles come with rounded edges, are thicker than your regular waffles, and in addition, contain little clumps of sugar.

Places to try the best Waffles in Belgium:

7. Apple Pie (Appeltaart), Netherlands

Apple Pie

Appeltaart is one of the most popular Dutch products not only with tourists but with locals also. It is often paired with a cup of hot coffee or tea.

Similar to most apple pies, but with few key differences: baked in a spring-form pan, it is dried on the interior, it has big chunks of apples, currants, and raisins, and to top it off it is full of spices such as cinnamon, lemon juice, and others.

Places to try the best Appeltaart in Netherlands:

6. Samoborske Kremšnite in Samobor, Croatia

Kremsnita on tray

Made from two layers of pastry with the creamy middle, Samoborske kremšite are some one of the most interesting and best desserts to try in Europe.

Originally from Samobor, a small city half an hour from Zagreb, they quickly spread all over Croatia as being a must-try dessert when going to the upper part of Croatia.

Place to try the best Samoborske Kremšnite in Croatia:

5. Crème Brûlée in Paris, France

Creme brulee with burberrie at the top

French dessert that dates all the way to the Seventeen century, Crème Brûlée is a classic French dessert.

Crème Brûlée is a very simple dessert, usually consisting of egg yolks, cream, sugar, and vanilla, with a hard, burnt toffee crust.

Places to try the best Crème Brûlée in France:

4. Krapfen, Entire Europe

Krapfen different variations

Krapfen is one of the oldest and most popular desserts in Europe, it is also one of the first European-style doughnut to appear.

There are numerous variations of krapfen from filled with chocolate to covered with sparkles, similar to donuts all over the world.

Places to try the best Krapfen in Europe:

3. Sachertorte in Vienna, Austria

Eating cake at Sacher Hotel in Vienna

Vienna, Austria wouldn’t be Vienna as we know it without its famous Sachertorte, a rich chocolate cake served all over Vienna, but the best and the original one begin served by the Hotel Sacher.

This dessert needs to be on your bucket list when visiting Vienna, but also a 4-day itinerary to Vienna covers all of the things to do in this amazing city.

Places to try the best Sachertorte in Austria:

2. Gelato, Italy

Gelato in cones on plate

Italy has some of the best cuisine that you will ever try, and desserts are no exception. Gelato is very similar to ice cream but creamier, mostly because Gelato is made from more milk and less cream and water like most ice creams.

Gelato is very popular all over Italy and you can find it in any city, Milan, Rome, Florence.

Places to try the best Gelato in Italy:

1. Éclair, France

Chocolate covered eclair

These small, long pastries with filled glaze, a crispy exterior, and a sweet creamy center originated in France. They are amazing for any occasion and can be found all over France, but due to their popularity, you can find them all over the world today.

Locals and tourists both love them, and they are amazing pairing with a glass of Champagne or Maury.

Places to try the best Éclair in France:

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Hello! I’m Sara, a Croatian native. I’ve traveled all over the world and have knocked out some amazing cities and countries off my bucket list.

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