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September 2016

5 Delicious Autumn Desserts From Around the World

Learn how to make these five unique desserts

As summer gradually draws to a close, we look upon the sublime season of autumn. The fall is a time of reflection and preparation for the winter months, but it’s also a time to indulge in the fruits of the harvest. We’ve gathered five dessert recipes from around the world so that you can try something sweet this coming season.

Germany - Zwetschgentorte

Get your autumn plums ready to make some Zwetschgentorte (“plum cake”). This old-fashioned tart is ideal for its simplicity, highlighting the fall fruit with minimal treatment. The juices of the plums add moistness to the sweet cakiness of the base. A dusting of powdered sugar adds a nice finishing touch, resembling light snow upon an amber field. To the recipe

France - Apple Tarte Tatin

The traditional French apple tart is the perfect dessert to accent the autumn sweetness of apples. With a flaky pie crust and caramelised apples atop, the finished product looks like the light of the setting sun. The addition of cinnamon powder gives an extra earthy spice to complement the sweetness. Choose green apples for more flavor and balance, as red apples are often extra sweet when baked. To the recipe

United States - Sweet Potato Pie

When one thinks of comforting American desserts, thoughts often head to the South. The southern states have perfected classics like fruit pies and custards. A particularly unique pie is sweet potato pie. Utilizing the starchy sweet potato, it’s full of natural flavor, nutrients, and fiber (that is not to say it is healthy, rather relatively nutritious compared to other sweets). Of course, there is the requisite sugar and butter that keeps this pie far from the health foods section of grocery stores. What boosts the autumn appeal is the generous spicing of fall flavors like cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg. Vanilla adds smoothness while a touch of lemon adds a zesty kick. To the recipe

England - Spotted Dick

We all giggled when we heard about Spotted Dick as children, but this popular pudding is almost a national treasure. The dessert is flavored with a variety of dried grapes, like currants, sultanas, and raisins, which give the suet crust its spots. Dates and apricots are also worthwhile additions to mix things up. Unlike other desserts, the crust for this dessert is steamed or boiled, leaving it with a rich and velvety texture. And it's not cream on top. Oh, no. It's custard, meaning the pastry is made even more rich with the topping. To the recipe

China - Mooncake

Stepping away from the West, we arrive in the side of the world that historically revered the moon. During the Mid-Autumn Festival, a harvest celebration that occurs during the full moon near the autumnal equinox, revelers indulge in a traditional dessert known as the mooncake. The dense “cake” can have a variety of fillings, from lotus seed paste to red bean paste, and it often has a dried egg yolk at its center. Whichever version you choose, remember that a mooncake is meant to be shared, not just because it’s the nice thing to do but because of the richness and density of the dessert. To the recipe

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