Top 15 pastries from around the world you should know

Lucas TorresFebruary 20, 2023
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Croissant is a type of flaky pastry that originated in France and is now popular all around the world. They are an important part of French culinary culture and have become a symbol of French cuisine.

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Baklava is a sweet pastry that originated in the Middle East and is now popular in many countries around the world.

It is made by layering thin sheets of phyllo pastry with a sweet filling, typically a mixture of chopped nuts (such as pistachios, walnuts, or almonds) and honey or syrup. The pastry is then baked until golden brown and crispy. It has a rich, nutty flavor and a flaky, buttery texture. It is often served as a dessert or a sweet snack.

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Empanada is a type of pastry that originated in Spain and is commonly found in many Spanish-speaking countries, as well as in the Philippines and some parts of the Caribbean. It typically consists of a filling that is wrapped in dough and then either baked or fried. Empanadas can be filled with a wide variety of ingredients, including meat, cheese, vegetables, and fruits, depending on regional variations and personal preferences. In some places, they are also popular as a breakfast or dessert.

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Pastel de nata is a traditional Portuguese pastry that is also known as a Portuguese egg tart. It is a small pastry that consists of a crisp, flaky crust filled with a creamy custard made from egg yolks, sugar, milk, and flour.

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Churros are a type of fried pastry that originated in Spain and are popular throughout the world as a snack or dessert. They are made from a simple dough that is typically made from flour, water, and salt, which is piped through a star-shaped nozzle and then deep-fried until golden and crispy.

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Lamington is a sweet and popular dessert that is considered a national cake of Australia. It consists of small squares of sponge cake that are dipped in chocolate icing and then rolled in desiccated coconut.

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A pretzel is a type of baked bread product that is characterized by its distinctive knot-like shape.It is typically made from a simple dough that includes flour, water, yeast, salt, and sometimes sugar, and is shaped into a twisted knot before being boiled and then baked. It is commonly associated with German cuisine, but it is now popular in many other countries as well.

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Strudel is a type of pastry that originated in Austria and is now popular throughout many European countries. It typically consists of a thin, flaky pastry dough that is filled with sweet or savory ingredients, such as fruit, cheese, vegetables, or meat.

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Mooncake is a type of pastry that is traditionally eaten during the Mid-Autumn Festival in many East Asian countries, particularly China, Vietnam, and Malaysia. It is a round or square-shaped pastry that is filled with sweet or savory ingredients and often has salted egg yolk in the center to represent the full moon.

Mooncakes are a popular gift during the Mid-Autumn Festival, and are often given to family, friends, and business associates as a way of expressing good wishes and strengthening relationships. They are also often eaten with tea or other beverages, and can be enjoyed as a snack or dessert throughout the festival period.

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Bánh bao is a type of steamed bun that is a popular snack and street food in many East and Southeast Asian countries, particularly in Vietnam and China. It is a soft and fluffy bun that is typically filled with savory ingredients such as ground pork, mushrooms, onions, and vegetables. In Vietnam, bánh bao is often eaten for breakfast or as a snack, and is sometimes served with a side of chili sauce or hoisin sauce for dipping. It is also a popular food for travelers, as it is portable and can be eaten on the go. Bánh bao is known as baozi in China and can be found in a variety of flavors and fillings, including sweet versions filled with custard or red bean paste. It is a versatile and filling snack that is enjoyed by people of all ages.

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Börek is a type of savory pastry that is a popular food in many countries in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia, particularly in Turkey, Greece, and the Balkans. It is a flaky, layered pastry that is typically filled with cheese, meat, or vegetables, and can be served hot or cold.

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Pão de queijo is made from tapioca flour, cheese, eggs, and oil, and has a chewy, bread-like texture with a slightly crispy exterior. It is a beloved food in Brazil and can be found in bakeries, cafes, and restaurants throughout the country. It is often enjoyed as a snack with coffee or as a breakfast food, and is sometimes served as an appetizer or side dish with meals.

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Kanelbulle, also known as a Swedish cinnamon roll, is a beloved pastry in Sweden, and is often enjoyed as a breakfast food, snack, or dessert. It is often served with a dusting of powdered sugar, and can be topped with icing or chopped nuts for extra flavor and texture.

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Mochi is a type of Japanese rice cake made from glutinous rice that has been pounded into a sticky, chewy paste. It is a traditional food that is enjoyed in Japan and has gained popularity in other parts of the world as well.

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Sachertorte is a type of chocolate cake that originated in Vienna, Austria. It has become a symbol of Austrian culture and is an important part of the country's culinary heritage. It is a delicious and decadent cake that is enjoyed by people of all ages and is a must-try for anyone visiting Vienna.

There are many more delicious pastries from around the world, but these are some of the most well-known and beloved. The list above is not in any particular order.