6 European treats to cool you down

6 European treats to cool you down

by Shereece Spain
Stripes Europe

Summertime foods, especially desserts, are truly my favorite. They’re usually much lighter, so it feels healthier (even if it really isn’t). Now that you’re in Europe, I invite you to try what summertime brings to European tables.

Germany: Bavarian Cream

Not quite the same as the filling in one of Dunkin’s donuts; however, oh so delicious! The traditional Bavarian cream (Bayerische Crème) dessert is more gelatinous and flavored with chocolate, fruit or liqueur.

France: Parfait

Americans are used to a parfait being a layered dessert with yogurt, fruit and sometimes granola topped with whipped cream. However, the original version from France is actually more similar to ice cream with liqueur. Here’s a recipe for a walnut parfait.

Italy: Panna Cotta

Hailing from Northern Italy, this light, pudding-like dessert is usually infused with coffee, liqueur, vanilla, or chocolate. It’s often topped with a complimentary sauce made of fruit, chocolate or liqueur. Try this recipe for a mango panna cotta.

Belgiam: Waffles and ice cream

I felt obliged to include a familiar, comfort food. Belgium is renowned for their delicious waffles. However, when you top those with your favorite ice cream … wow! Here’s a waffle recipe for you to whip up. Top them with your favorite ice cream (and maybe chocolate syrup or caramel sauce).

Netherlands: Vlaai

This dessert will remind you of a traditional American fruit pie, which are not traditionally known as summertime desserts. A vlaai is thinner than the pie you’re used to and can be filled with either fruit or a smooth custard. Give this apricot vlaai recipe a shot.

Spain: Gazpacho

Poor soup! It really gets left out in the summer, except in Spain. Served cold and sometimes in a glass, this tomato-based dish makes an excellent frosty appetizer to any summer meal. Here is the recipe to one version I like.

While most people are spending this time working on their bikini bodies, I’m working into my bikini with an oversized cover up body. Who would like to join me?

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