8 Amazing Desserts You've Never Heard Of (But Wish You Had) (Slideshow)


Aletria Doce — Portugal

This dish is a sweet angel hair pasta made with sugar, milk, egg yolk, and lots of cinnamon. It's a little like the pasta version of Arroz Doce, or sweet rice pudding and is a traditional dish enjoyed across Portugal, particularly around Christmas time.

Cherpumple — Los Angeles, U.S.A

You've heard of the Turducken (a chicken inside a duck inside a turkey), right? Well Cherpumple is the dessert version of that dish. It's a three-layered cake with a pie in each layer: a cherry pie, a pumpkin pie, and an apple pie, all in one white cake casing. Some call it the ultimate American dessert… if your stomach can handle it

Tavuk Göğsü — Turkey

The Turkish are not afraid to make a dessert out of anything, including chicken! Based on the almond and chicken pudding that was once popular in Medieval Europe, this dish was first served to the sultans of the Ottoman Empire. It uses chicken breasts pounded with sugar, thickened with flour, and dusted with cinnamon. While it may seem strange to eat chicken as a sweet dish, Tavuk Göğsü is both delicious and extremely popular throughout Turkey.

Martabak — Yemen, Indonesia

These chocolate and cheese pancakes originated as a street food in Saudi Arabia and its immense popularity soon spread across the Arab world and into Southeast Asia. In Indonesia there are two varieties, a sweet and savory. The sweet version is a thick fluffy pancake filled with chocolate and cheese and topped with crushed peanuts, chocolate rice, and jam.

Ais Kacang — Malaysia and Singapore

This traditional Malaysian dish, also served in Singapore and Brunei, was originally popular as street food but is now served everywhere from stalls to restaurants to ice cream parlors. It essentially shaved ice with red beans, attap chee (palm seed), sweet corn, grass jelly, and topped with both condensed and coconut milk. It's a multicolored explosion of sweet flavors and the perfect snacking dessert for a hot summer's day.

Crème de Abacate — Brazil

Avocados are plentiful in Brazil and there's no reason they should be reserved for just savory dishes. This treat is an avocado cream pudding — mashed up avocados with milk and sugar. It's often garnished with coconut shavings and lime wedges and is served hot and cold (though more traditionally cold) year-round.

Firni — India

Also known as Phirni, this is a traditional North Indian rice pudding with saffron, cardamom, and nuts. The pudding is usually speckled yellow and orange from the saffron, which also gives it an aromatic and spicy quality. Often a fruit pulp (usually mango) is added for more flavor.

Sultan’s Golden Cake — Istanbul

It's not only delicious but it's also the most expensive cake in the world. Served in the Ciragan Palace in Istanbul, this dessert takes 72 hours to prepare and contains figs, quince, apricot, and pears that have been drowned in Jamaican rum for two years. The topping contains caramel, black truffles and decadent gold leaf (yes, real gold leaf).