15 Exotic Pastries and Donuts from Around the World13
By Rebecca Leib
Pastries and donuts have a long and delicious history. From filo dough to jelly bean curd, people have been concocting all sorts of titilating treats out of flour, butter, sugar and pure inspiration. But it ain’t easy – just ask the heroes of the new KoldCast TV web series, “Copy & Pastry!” This motly duo of pastry entrepreneurs overcome all sorts of hurdles to make bellies happy – with laughs and treats! So let’s take take a trip around the globe and explore the varied and often strange world of international pastrys and Frankenstein-esque sweet tooth connoisseur creations. Got a sweet tooth? You’re going to be jumping out of your seat hoping to satisfy your appetite for these delicacies!
1. The FishMagic Filled Cookie
These cookies are homemade and don’t actually contain fish (whew!). In actuality, they embody the time-tested tradition of intricate dough impressions that are popular throughout Japan. These Fishy treats are filled with custard and bean paste, common Asian fillings.
2. The Seashell Special
In Bordeaux, France, these odd pastries look more like seashells than cookies. They’re made from solidified sugars and represent a delightful snack from the pastry mecca of the world: France!
3. The Spoiled Picnic
This pastry is part of the “Pushing Chocolate Forward” Pastry invitational in New York City. Made by Sam Mason and Guittard Chocolate, this pastry is crafted from chocolate, butternut squash gel, fried pumpkin seeds and more!
4. The Bacon Donut
The Bacon Donut is from famously bizarre Donut House “Voodoo Donut” in Portland, Oregon. It’s supposed to be delicious, and good for breakfast OR Dessert!
5. The Danish Monster
This Danish Puffed Pastry is MASSIVE and covered in sweet frosting and nuts. It’s a dutch tradition to make this pastry, and some recipes are top secret!
6. The Hamburger Pie
Got dumped? Lost your job? Just want to eat something that will make you feel like a million, fat-laden bucks? A Hamburger pie makes everything better. I should’ve guessed that this was a popular Midwestern dish, and one you can make from the comfort of your own home. Dig burgers? Read our 24 Weird and Unique Hamburgers story.
7. The Krispy Kreme Burger
A varient on the Doughnut burger, a favorite of Luther Vandross. Yes, take some glazed crispy Kremes and simply replace the bun of your burger with them. It’s an ingenius way to make a burger better/fattier! I mean, it’s got to taste better than it looks, right? Graciously brought to you by the blog nobodyputsbabyinahorner.
8. The Scottish Deep Fried
Even in Scotland, deep frying is sacred. Sacred enough to subject a burger to? Yes!
9. The Indian HoneyStraw
This popular Indian pastry, called “Jalebi,” is made from fermented sugar and honey. It’s a mainstay in Indian cuisine, though it’s sticky, sticky, sticky!
10. The Thai Pastry Cake
Nothing says sweet and delicious like banana leaves! The filling is a light coconut mousse/cake concoction wrapped up in a colorful leaf.
11. J.Co. Donuts and Coffee Donuts
A bakery in Indonesia boasts donuts on the wilder side – think a regular donut with surges of flavors like Tiramisu, Cheese, Green Tea and Mocha. Pictured are Cheese and Green Tea, in all their glory!
12. The Breadtalk OBUNma
Breadtalk, a bread and pastry company that has branches all over the world, loves to capitalize on political upheaval. And nothing says upheaval by a new democratic regime with a black president at the helm. And, a sweet sticky bun to celebrate!
13. The Egg Tart
The Egg Tart is like the Asian Apple Pie, and everyone has a say on how it should be made. It’s usually cute and crispy, with a thick egg custard in its midst! Yum!
14. The Australian Meat Pie
And for something a little more savory, here’s the adorable Australian meat pie, the national pastry of Aussieland!
15. The Nigau Sei
This tart-like thing is packed in a cigarette box and conveniently located in the small Chinese provence of Sandakan. It’s made with custard and a brittle dough, with meringue on the top. Like a lemon meringue pie, only sassier!
Rebecca Leib received her BFA in Fine Art and MFA in writing and hails from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is a Los Angeles based comedian and writer. Her work can be seen in the pages of many print and online publications, including Beautiful/Decay, Artillery Magazine, Blackbook, Tvgasm, Metrowize and Dailyfill. She has performed at the Second City Studio Theatre, UCB-LA, IOWest and the improv, and can often be seen brooding at sidewalk cafes.