Exploring Pastries From Around the World

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Do you enjoy a pastry with your coffee or as part of a continental breakfast? Biting through flaky pastry to get to the sweet filling in an almond croissant, or enjoying the contrast between the slightly bitter dark chocolate and sweet, buttery pastry of a pain au chocolat are sure to add a little pleasure to your day, but there are many more pastries out there waiting to be sampled and enjoyed with your favourite warm drink. Here are seven pastries from around the world that are worth looking out for when you visit an artisan bakery:

Baklava

Originating in Turkey and commonly found across the Middle East, baklava is a rich, sticky treat made with filo pastry that's layered with chopped pistachios and hazelnuts. Baklava is baked until the top layer of pastry is crispy, and it's then generously drizzled with honey or sweet syrup flavoured with rose water.

Bichon Au Citron

This French pastry is similar in appearance to an apple turnover. It's made with puff pastry, so it's flaky on the outside and slightly chewy on the inside. Bichon au citron has a tangy lemon curd filling, so a tannic black tea is the perfect accompaniment.

Cannoli

This Italian pastry consists of a tube-shaped shell filled with fresh cream or sweetened ricotta. The pastry is fried until crunchy, allowed to cool, filled and sprinkled with icing sugar or cinnamon. These moreish pastries are finger-sized, so you may want to order a couple to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Linzer Torte

This Austrian torte is made with a rich pastry consisting of flour, egg yolks, butter, lemon zest and ground hazelnuts. The pastry case is filled with redcurrant or raspberry jam and decorated with flaked almonds.

Eccles Cake

This pastry is a British favourite and was named after the town it originated in, which is near the city of Manchester. It's a round, buttery pastry with a sweet filling that's made with currants. Eccles cakes are often enjoyed as part of afternoon tea.

Gulab Jamun

Gulab jamun is an Indian pastry that's enriched with sweetened milk. The dough is rolled into small balls and fried until golden before being immersed in a sweet syrup infused with cardamom. Gulab jamun works well with black coffee, as the bitterness of the coffee balances out the sweetness of the pastry.

Komaj Sehen

This is a dense pastry originating in Iran. Dates, pistachios and almonds are sandwiched between sheets of crumbly pastry before being baked and sliced into diamond-shaped single portions. As komaj sehen is a heavy pastry, it's best enjoyed as a standalone snack rather than a post-meal sweet treat.

These are just a few examples of the vast variety of pastries that are available, so next time you're thinking of opting for a trusty croissant, why not try something new?

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24 April 2017

Finding the Perfect Cake

Hello, my name is Linda and I live in the city of Perth, Australia. Last year was a real year of celebrations in our family. In May my husband turned 70 and so we planned a surprise party for him and daughter got married in July so we planned a wonder day for all our family and friends. Both of these events needed very special cakes and to be honest, I didn't know where to start. Thankfully, my friend suggested that I contact a local bakery. I gave them a call and told them exactly what I needed and they supplied it on time and under budget. They even invited me around so I could watch the cakes being baked.