Desserts

We often treat our kids and friends to desserts, as almost everyone has a sweet tooth. And of course we can't imagine any celebration without desserts. In fact dessert is a finishing touch of the meal. And even the word dessert comes from a French verb meaning to clear the table.

Sweets have been loved by everyone since the time of their appearance. However, honey of wild bees (that people gathered in the woods) was the first and the only sweet for a long time. The real dessert era started in late 1860s when a lot of sugar and then chocolate as well were produced, whereby confectioners were able to create an incredible number of different desserts. So now we can enjoy ice cream, fruit salads, whipped cream with fruit and berries, puddings, mousses, cakes, jellies, pies and so on.

It's obvious that desserts are always associated with something very sweet and fattening. Moreover some people consider desserts a final sentence to their figures. However there are some desserts such as sorbet which are perfect for people who go on a diet, as they are usually made out of fresh fruit without any sugar. Anyway, nowadays making desserts have changed dramatically: they are getting much lighter, fat Ė free and even enriched with vitamins. Palate varies from sweet to pretty sour but the main tendency is to add less sugar and fat, more nutrients. So today confectioners use honey, maple syrup or molasses instead of sugar. Cakes and pies aren't in trend, although light desserts are in demand. We have to thank the French for plentiful mousses, soufflés, parfaits, jellies made of pure juice, puree, fruits and berries. The Italians also have something special for healthy style fans: fat Ė free ice cream gelato, panna cotta (type of pudding) and cassata. And of course we should mention the most delicious desserts in the world:
1. Gulab Jamun from India
2. Baklava from Turkey
3. Pavlova cake from Australia
4. Castle pudding from England
5. Tiramisu from Italy
6. Churros from Spain
7. Sopapillas from the USA

Desserts classic or modern, they are always real pleasure and delight. So the proof is in the pudding.