Sweet Treats around the World: An Encyclopedia of Food and Culture, 1st Edition

  • Timothy G. Roufs
  • Kathleen Smyth Roufs
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  • ISBN-10: 1610692217
  • ISBN-13: 9781610692212
  • DDC: 641.59
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 664 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2014 | Published/Released January 2015
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014

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Few things represent a culture as well as food. Because sweets are universal foods, they are the perfect basis for a comparative study of the intersection of history, geography, social class, religion, politics, and other key aspects of life. With that in mind, this encyclopedia surveys nearly 100 countries, examining their characteristic sweet treats from an anthropological perspective. It offers historical context on what sweets are popular where and why and emphasizes the cross-cultural insights those sweets presentThe reference opens with an overview of general trends in desserts and sweet treats. Entries organized by country and region describe cultural attributes of local desserts, how and when sweets are enjoyed, and any ingredients that are iconic. Several popular desserts are discussed within each entry including information on their history, their importance, and regional/cultural variations on preparation. An appendix of recipes provides instructions on how to make many of the dishes, whether for school projects or general entertaining.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Dedication Page.
List of Entries.
List of Recipes.
1: Afghanistan.
2: Arabian Peninsula.
3: Argentina.
4: Armenia.
5: Australia.
6: Austria.
7: The Balkans.
8: The Baltic States.
9: Bangladesh.
10: Belarus.
11: Belgium.
12: Bolivia.
13: Brazil.
14: Canada.
15: Central Africa.
16: Central America.
17: Central Asia.
18: Chile.
19: China.
20: Colombia.
21: Cyprus.
22: Czech Republic.
23: Denmark.
24: East Africa.
25: Ecuador.
26: Egypt, Sudan, and South Sudan.
27: England.
28: The English Caribbean.
29: Finland.
30: France.
31: The French Caribbean.
32: Georgia.
33: Germany.
34: Greece.
35: Hong Kong.
36: Horn of Africa.
37: Hungary.
38: Iceland.
39: India.
40: Indonesia.
41: Iran.
42: Iraq.
43: Ireland.
44: Israel.
45: Italy.
46: Japan.
47: Jordan.
48: Korea (North and South).
49: Lebanon.
50: Malaysia.
51: Malta.
52: Mexico.
53: Monaco.
54: Mongolia.
55: Nepal.
56: Netherlands.
57: New Zealand.
58: North Africa—The Maghreb Region.
59: Northern Ireland.
60: Norway.
61: Pacific Islands.
62: Pakistan.
63: Peru.
64: The Philippines.
65: Poland.
66: Portugal.
67: Romania.
68: Russia.
69: Scotland.
70: Singapore.
71: Slovakia.
72: Southeast Asia.
73: Southern Africa.
74: Spain.
75: The Spanish Caribbean.
76: Sri Lanka.
77: Sweden.
78: Switzerland.
79: Syria.
80: Taiwan.
81: Thailand.
82: Tibet.
83: Turkey.
84: Ukraine.
85: United States.
86: Venezuela.
87: Wales.
88: West Africa.
Goash-E-Feel (Elephant Ear Pastry, Afghanistan).
Sheer Payra (Cardamom Fudge, Afghanistan).
Maamoul (Shortbread Cookie-Like Pastry, Arabian Peninsula).
Alfajores (Dulce de Leche Sandwich Cookies, Argentina).
Dulce de Leche (Caramel Cream, Argentina).
Choereg (Easter Bread, Armenia).
Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies (Australia).
Lemon Delicious Pudding (Australia).
Pavlova (Fruit Meringue Dessert, Australia).
Apfel Strudel (Apple Strudel, Austria).
Linzertorte (Multilayer Jam- and Nut-Filled Pastry, Austria).
Kuzunak (Easter Bread, Balkans).
Slavski Kolac (Slava Bread, Balkans).
Aguonu Sausainiukai (Poppy Seed Cookies, Lithuania).
Rupjmaizes Kārtojums (Sweet Rye Trifle, Latvia).
Gajor Halua (Bangladesh-Style Carrot Halva).
Mishti Doi (Sweet Yoghurt, Bangladesh).
Apple Pie (Belarus).
Paskha (Eastern Orthodox Molded Cheesecake, Belarus).
Cramique (Sweet Breakfast Bread, Belgium).
Gaufre de Bruxelles (Brussels Waffle, Belgium).
Cocada (Coconut Sweet, Bolivia).
Tawa Tawas (Sweet Fritters, Bolivia).
Bolo de Rolo (Guava Cake Roll, Brazil).
Crème de Abacate (Avocado Cream, Brazil).
Butter Tarts (Pastry Shells Filled with Brown Sugar, Raisins, and Eggs, Canada).
Tarte Au Sucre (Quebec City Sugar Pie, Canada).
Caakiri (Sweetened Couscous Pudding, Cameroon Style, Central Africa).
Cocada Amarela (Golden Coconut Pudding, Central Africa).
Atol de Elote (Corn Beverage, El Salvador, Central America).
Cajeta de Coco (Coconut Fudge, Costa Rica, Central America).
Cassava Pone (Flour Cake/ Pudding, Belize Style, Central America).
Cemita de Piña (Pineapple Jam-Filled Pastries, El Salvador, Central America).
Gofio (Spiced Pinol Corn Flour Cookies, Nicaragua, Central America).
Molletes (Sweet Custard-Filled Muffins, Guatemala, Central America).
Pastel Tres Leches (Three Milks Cake, Central America).
Queque Seco de Naranja (Orange Pound Cake, Costa Rica, Central America).
Tableta de Coco (Coconut Tablet, Honduras, Central America).
Baursaki (Fried Bread, Kazakhstan, Central Asia).
Çäkçäk (Chak Chak, Honey-Drenched Sweet Pastry Balls, Central Asia).
Mote Con Huesillos (Wheat Berries with Dried Peach Compote, Chile).
Navegado (Mulled Wine, Chile).
Baked Moon Cakes (China/Malaysia).
Moon Cake “Golden Syrup”.
Nian Gao (Steamed New Year Cake, China).
Tang Yuan (Sticky Rice Balls with Red Bean Paste Filling, China).
Arroz Con Leche (Rice Pudding, Colombian Style).
Cocadas (Chewy Coconut Balls, Colombia).
Dulce de Uchuvas (Sweet Uchuvas, Colombia).
Daktyla Kyrion (Ladies’ Fingers, Cyprus).
Loukoumades Kypriacoi (Donuts in Honey Syrup, Cyprus).
Bábovka (Light Rich Coffee Cake, Czech Republic).
Ovocné Knedlíky (Fruit Dumplings, Czech Republic).
Aunt Else’s Æbleskivers (Popover-Like “Apple Slices” Pancakes, Denmark).
Danske Smorkager (Butter Cookies, Denmark).
Indian-Style Kulfi (Frozen Dairy Dessert, East Africa).
Colada Morada (Spiced Black Corn Flour Fruit Drink, Ecuador).
Pristiños Con Miel (Christmas Fritters with Honey, Ecuador).
Basboosa (Semolina Cake with Floral Scented Syrup, Egypt, Sudan, and South Sudan).
Horchata de Chufa (Tigernut Cold Beverage, Egypt).
Rhubarb Crumble with Custard Sauce (England).
Victoria Sponge (Light Jam-Layered Cake, England).
Black Cake (Fruit-Filled Rum Cake, English Caribbean).
Busta (Coconut Candy, Jamaica).
Ohrapiparit (Barley Cookies, Finland).
Raparperikiisseli (Rhubarb Soup, Finland).
Clafoutis (Rustic Baked Fruit Dessert, France).
Tarte Tatin (Apple Tart, France).
Beyen (Fried Bananas, French Antilles).
Doukounou (Cornmeal Pudding, Haiti).
Tourments d’amour (“Torments of Love,” Special Coconut Jam-Filled Pastries, Terre-de-Haut, Les Saintes, Guadeloupe, The French Caribbean).
Churchkhela (Grape and Walnut Candy, Georgia).
Gozinaki (Honey Walnut Candy, Georgia).
Lebkuchen (Christmas Spice Cookies, Germany).
Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte (Black Forest Cake, Germany).
Baklava with Mixed Nuts (Classic Sweet Nutty Layered Phyllo Pastry, Greece).
Diples (Honey Rolls, Greece).
Hong Kong–Style French Toast (Hong Kong).
Mango Pudding (Hong Kong).
Injera (Flat Bread, Ethiopia and Eritrea, Horn of Africa).
Tsebhi Shiro (Spicy Peanuts, Eritrea, Horn of Africa).
Almás Pite (Sheet Cake Filled with Apples, Hungary).
Gerbeaud Szelet (Gerbeaud Slice, Hungary).
Vargabéles (Noodle Strudel Pie, Hungary).
Skúffukaka (Traditional Chocolate Sheet Cake, Iceland).
Skyr Cake (Iceland).
Gulab Jamoons (Aka Gulab Jamuns; Spongy Milky Balls Soaked in Rose-Scented Sugar Syrup, India).
Mango Lassi (Sweet Mango Yoghurt Drink, India).
Payasam (Sweet Rice Pudding, India).
Rasgullas (Traditional Sweet Paneer Balls Soaked in Syrup, Bengal, India).
Wingko-Babad (Sweet Coconut and Sugar Cakes, Indonesia).
Gotab (Almond Crescent Cookies, Iran).
Nane Shirini (Persian Butter Cookies, Iran).
Kleicha (Date-Filled Cookies, Iraq).
Zalabia (Fritters in Syrup, Iraq).
Summer Pudding (Ireland).
Unyeasted Barmbrack (Currant and Raisin Bread, Ireland).
Yeast Loaf (Currant and Raisin Bread, Ireland).
Challah (Jewish Braided Sabbath Bread, Israel).
Lekach (Honey Cake, Israel).
Gubana (Sweet Easter Bread, Fruili Region, Italy).