5 Days of Global Goodies: Birthday Edition

Ooops.  My 5 days were interrupted with the celebrating of this one’s birthday:

Bday Pina

Now, back to the global goodies!  Since it’s a birthday week, today’s featured treats are celebratory.  Not all are sweet but they are all eaten on that special day that only comes once a year.

In China, Yi mein noodles, also called longevity noodles, are eaten in hopes of living a long life.

They’re followed by longevity peach buns, a peach-shaped pastry filled with custard or red bean paste.

 

For the kiddies in Australia, parents make fairy bread.  It’s sliced white bread topped with butter and sprinkles.

 

Towers are the dish of choice in Scandinavia.  Their Kransekake is an 18-layer doughy cake made of almond rings.  Its decorations are often patriotic and festive.

In Brazil, Brigadeiros are a must.  They’re petit sweets made of chocolate, condensed milk and butter.

But let’s not forget…

And many moooore!

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5 Days of Goodies: Pretzel Day

Happy National Pretzel Day!  Thank you so much, German and Swiss German settlers for bringing your “brezel” to North America.  It has gone through many changes over the years.  I am an absolute -aholic of sweet and savory harmonies.  It stands to reason that one of my favorite variations is the chocolate covered pretzel.  Small, crunchy and delightful.  But there is a range of sweet pretzel interpretations.  Take your pick!

Auntie Anne’s Cinnamon Sugar Stix:

Faves:

In a truffle:

As a shamrock:

Atop a cupcake:

Cupcake Pretzel

Sky is the limit!

5 Days of Global Goodies: In A Cup!

A woman in Nice, France once told me, “everything tastes better in a cup.”  That was her opinion about desserts and cooking/baking.  Since then, my eyes (and mouth) were awakened.  I don’t know the logic but it’s true.  It’s as if the ingredients appreciate their independence more in cup size and decide to wow you a little more.  Pick a dessert, any dessert.  You’ll taste the difference.  Maybe that’s how the inventor of cupcakes felt…

Pistachio Tiramisu

Molten Chocolate Cake

White Chocolate Soufflé

Strawberry Vanilla Panna Cotta

Tres Leches Cake

Smooches 🙂