25 Delicious Baked Goods From Around the Globe
Sampling the bakery traditions of other cultures is a pleasure that can be enjoyed without the expense of travel. Recreating traditional recipes at home from inexpensive ingredients is often easy, and those who are less excited about getting into the kitchen can still usually sample goods from specialty bakeries at low prices. Here are 25 recipes from around the globe, savory and sweet.
This intricate and dense cake is a Chinese tradition to bring good luck. The ingredients are available only at specialty stores, and the process is a bit tricky, so most people buy the cakes. The good news: Because they are so dense, a small one yields a lot of servings.
Recipe: Fine Dining Lovers
This casserole has many purported origins, though it is most likely it originated in Africa, made its way to the Caribbean, and eventually came to the southern United States. A simple recipe made from cheap sweet potatoes, it's also a healthy take on dessert.
Recipe: African Recipes Secrets
A cross between a cookie and pastry, these spiral treats hail from Israel and the Ashkenazic tradition. They can be made in different flavors -- traditionally chocolate, raspberry, and apricot -- and are inexpensive from Jewish bakeries, or made at home with a simple recipe.
Recipe: The Kitchn
German-style rye bread is denser and more flavorful than most sandwich breads common in the United States. To make it properly requires a starter, which can be difficult to find or cultivate. But find a bakery making traditional German rye and it is generally as affordable as other bakery fresh breads.
Recipe: Root Simple
Almonds are a popular flavoring all over the world, though this particular almond cake is a staple in Northern Spain. The ingredients and recipe are straightforward, but traditionally there's a dusting of powdered sugar around a stencil of the cross of Saint James.
Babka is a soft sweet yeast bread from Eastern Europe (that much of America learned about watching "Seinfeld" in 1994) with swirls of flavorings such as cinnamon or chocolate. It is not difficult or expensive to make, but many bakeries have become famous for especially great versions that are worth tasting.
Recipe: Bon Appétit
This famous French pastry is loaded with rich butter to make a flaky and crisp outer layer with a soft inside. Good ones usually cost a few dollars from bakeries, which is a small price to pay to avoid the process of layering the dough with butter, or at least from seeing how much butter goes into each one.