Favorite dessert by nationality?
American - Frozen custard
Italian - Pistachio gelato
French - Ecclair
Chinese - Egg tart
Indian - Kulfi
Spanish - Churros
Mexican - Paleta
Polish - Krówki
Indonesian - Martabak Manis
Japanese - Monaka
Frozen custard? There's nothing as American as apple pie...
I'm not a big dessert person, but I'll always go for cannoli if they're on the menu. Whether they're Italian or Italian-American I can't say.
For French, tarte tartine (at least northern France). I think of churros as more Mexican than Spanish, but that's me (I'll go for flan in either case).
I don't really know what Chinese cuisine (a very varied thing of itself) does for desserts, but if I had to pick a sweet it would be the black bean/sesame seed balls.
English cuisine has some good desserts - sticky pudding and trifle come to mind.
Cannoli are definitely Italian. If you have a chance, visit Naples. You'll recognize a lot of the desserts there, but they'll be spectacular and blow you away. During my first visit there, in 1991, I walked down Via Toledo (officially Via Roma) one night and had fantastic baba au rhum, cannoli, and various other things. It was a great night.
Slovenia - Gibanica and Kremeschnitte
Germany - Schwartzwalderkirschtorte
Italy - Stracciatelle gelato
Austria - Sachertorte
Denmark - Weinerbrod
Norway - Krumkaka
France - Palmier
American - deep dish apple crisp
Italian - tiramisu or lemon ricotta cheesecake
French - *any* pâte à choux pastry
Chinese - candied walnuts with vanilla ice cream
and/or red bean donuts
Indian - carrot halwah
Portuguese - pastel de nata
Mexican - flan
Dominican - morir soñando
Polish - paczki
Japanese - chilled sake
Greek - galaktoboureko
re: Cheese Boy
Yeah, carrot halwah can be fantastic. Oddly enough, though I've been to India and ate marvelously there, the best carrot halwah I've ever eaten is still the first I ever had, at an Indian restaurant in Tokyo that was associated with the Indian Embassy there. We actually disgusted the waitstaff and manager by pigging out so much there, everything was so outstanding!
Do you mean your favorite dessert from each country or what you think is the national favorite dessert? I'm assuming it's the former.
American: Apple pie with vanilla ice cream
English: Gooseberry fool
French: Tarte tatin
Austrian: Germknoedel (plum dumpling served in a butter sauce with poppy seeds)
Chinese: Egg tarts
Not really, mc.
There are cakes - like carrot cake, fruit cake, Victoria sponge, Battenburg, bara brith - which you'd only eat as a snack with a coffee or tea. You'd never seem them as dessert.
On the other hand, chocolate brownies often appear on dessert menus. I suspect that's an import, if you like, from Brits having visited America. From time to time, you do see cakey type desserts - generally also involving chocolate.
By way of example, we had a pub lunch yesterday - the dessert menu comprised - sticky toffee pudding, chocolate parfait, cheesecake, creme brulee, bread & butter pudding, Vimto trifle, cheese, ice cream and sorbet. We actually passed on dessert but I am so going back for Vimto trifle.
In the past, you might have seen cake served as dessert in what used to be called "high tea". High tea was an early evening family meal (usually working class family)where there would be a basic hot main course, followed by cake or, perhaps, pie.