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his section of WebFoodCulture is about the most typical international desserts. The following articles include not just recipes, but also fascinating stories and interesting facts. More importantly, they provide precious indications on the most traditional pastry shops and producers, giving the opportunity to taste the original flavor of these delicacies.


Sweet specialties like cakes, pastries, cookies, ice creams, candies, pralines, etc.

Frittelle and galani: pastries of the Venetian Carnival.


he Venetian Carnival: an event unique in the world, renewing its magic year after year. During the period of its celebrations, the pastry chefs in the Doge’s city prepare delicious ‘frittelle’ and ‘galani’: let’s taste these sweet specialties, rich in history and tradition, surrounded by joyful music and beautiful masks. (continue)

: Italy

Cicero's cannoli (img-01) Cicero's cannoli (img-01)


annoli’ are one of the most traditional Sicilian pastries. It was the year 70 BC when the famous Roman orator Marcus Tullius Cicero described a very similar dessert. Let’s study the history of this delicious specialty, let’s examine its recipe, let’s visit its places finding out its variants. (continue)

Italy – Section: Desserts

Sachertorte, taste of Vienna. Sachertorte, taste of Vienna.


acher Torte: its taste is both austere and elegant. Characteristics it has in common with the city where it was born: Vienna. Let’s deepen the knowledge of this delicious Austrian specialty, let’s find out its history and recipe, let’s visit the most traditional pastry shop still preparing it. (continue)

Austria – Section: Desserts

Panettone, Christmas dessert from Milan (img-04)


anettone’ is the traditional Italian Christmas cake. It can be considered the final result of a long evolution, rich in legends and ‘tasty’ information. Let’s find out how it’s made and which is the most traditional bakery that prepares it still following the original recipe. (continue)

Italy – Section: Desserts


The most typical dessert, the most traditional pastry shops.

Saint Honoré: the 'holy' cake (img-02) Saint Honoré: the 'holy' cake (img-02)

Saint Honoré: the ‘holy’ cake.


aint Honoré’ is a cake much appreciated both in Italy and France. It was invented in 1486 by the chef Chiboust who gave it the name of the patron saint of bakers and confectioners: St.Honoré. The holy man was also known as Honoratus, bishop of Amiens, a city famous for its beautiful gothic cathedral. (coming soon)

France – Section: Desserts

Babbà, the King’s dessert (img-06) Babbà, the King’s dessert (img-06)

Babbà, the King’s dessert.


ven if the ‘babbà’ (or ‘babà’) is widely considered one of the most typical examples of Neapolitan pastry, its origins are from elsewhere: Northern Europe. Some historians stress the fact that it was the favorite dessert of a Polish king, Stanislao Leszczinski. (coming soon)

Italy – Section: Desserts

Voltaire about ice cream (img-03)

Marie Antoinette’s brioches.


ils n’ont plus de pain, qu’ils mangent de la brioche” (“If they have no bread, let them eat cake”): words often attributed to Marie Antoinette, Queen of France. If she had really pronounced them, this would show little regard for the hunger suffered by her people since ‘brioche’, a type of bread made with butter and eggs, was at the time affordable only by the rich. In truth, many historians claim that the sentence doesn’t belong to her and started circulating many years after the French Revolution.

‘Baicoli’: ancient Venetian biscuits.


he ‘Baicoli’ are among the most traditional Venetian biscuits. Their name comes from the local dialect, meaning ‘small fishes’, probably for the vague resemblance in shape. As all biscuits, they are cooked twice (‘bis-coctus’) and thus very dry: this ‘feature’ makes them perfect for long-keeping.


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