A pastry is basically any food made from dough consisting of flour, water, and shortening. However, that general description can be used as the base for an almost unquantifiable amount of unique and delicious dishes from around the world. And here at VBT we know a little something about world travel. As experiencing the native cuisine in your travel destination is such a distinct part of your travel experience, we thought it would be fun to compile a list of some of the tastiest pastries from around the world.
United States: Apple Pie
Despite the expression “as American as Apple Pie,” this dish actually originated in Europe. However, it became widely popular among American settlers in the early 1800’s, especially in Delaware, and has morphed into a distinctly American dessert often served “a la mode” with a scoop of ice cream.
Ireland: Gur Cake
This dish which originated in Dublin—the name is derived from a contraction of “gutter cake” with an Irish accent—is made from an inexpensive mixture of bread crumbs, raisins and a sweetener spread between two layers of pastry.
This traditional Slovene dish is typically made from buckwheat dough which is flattened, filled with either sweet or savory ingredients and rolled up, baked (or fried or boiled) and cut into slices. VBT travelers will learn to make this on our Slovenia, Austria & Italy biking vacation.
Maryland: Smith Island Cake
The Smith Island Cake—which is the State Dessert of Maryland—is a local spin on a traditional English torte. The Smith Island Cake typically has from 7 to 10 thin layers of yellow cake with each layer covered in either chocolate frosting or sometimes banana, orange or coconut.
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