Indulging in desserts is one of the greatest pleasures in life. And, if you want to take your dessert game to the next level, trying out exotic desserts can be an exciting adventure for your taste buds. These desserts are not your typical everyday desserts, but rather a fusion of flavors and ingredients that will leave you wanting more.
If you’re looking to expand your dessert horizon, then this list of the 8 best exotic dessert recipes is a great place to start. From fruity tarts to creamy cheesecakes and colorful cakes, these desserts are guaranteed to impress your guests and leave a lasting impression on your taste buds.
Whether you’re a fan of tropical fruits or prefer rich chocolate desserts, this list has something for everyone. Imagine biting into a tart made with exotic fruits like passionfruit or mango, or savoring the delicate flavors of lavender macarons. Or perhaps you’re in the mood for something rich and chocolatey, like a truffle tart or a decadent chocolate mousse.
Whatever your sweet tooth desires, these exotic desserts are the perfect way to elevate your dessert game and impress your family and friends. So, go ahead and try out these recipes and let your taste buds go on a flavorful journey to exotic places.
1. Mango Sticky Rice
Just the thought of it makes my mouth water. This traditional Thai dessert is a symphony of flavors and textures that come together in a beautiful harmony. The star of the dish is the ripe mango, its juicy sweetness perfectly complementing the creamy and fragrant coconut milk sauce. And then there’s the rice, cooked to a perfect sticky consistency, infused with the subtle sweetness of the coconut milk and a hint of salt to balance it out.
As I take a spoonful of the dish, I am transported to the bustling streets of Bangkok, where the aroma of street food fills the air. The soft and sticky rice is the perfect canvas for the rich and velvety sauce, and the mango slices add a burst of freshness and brightness to the dish. Each bite is a delightful combination of flavors and textures, and I can’t help but savor every moment. This Mango Sticky Rice is truly a work of art, and I feel grateful to be able to indulge in such a delicious creation.
- 1 cup glutinous rice
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 ripe mangoes, peeled and sliced
- Rinse the glutinous rice until the water runs clear, then soak it in water for at least 30 minutes or up to 4 hours.
- Drain the rice and place it in a saucepan with 1 1/2 cups of water. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for about 15-20 minutes, or until the rice is tender and the water has been absorbed.
- In a separate saucepan, combine the coconut milk, sugar, and salt. Heat over medium heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved.
- Add the cooked rice to the coconut milk mixture and stir well to combine. Simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the mixture thickens and becomes sticky.
- Remove from heat and let the mixture cool for a few minutes.
- To serve, place a portion of the sticky rice on a plate or bowl, then top with slices of mango. Drizzle some of the remaining coconut milk sauce over the mango and rice.
- Serve warm or at room temperature and enjoy your delicious Mango Sticky Rice!
Ah, Tiramisu – the classic Italian dessert that never fails to make my taste buds sing with joy. This heavenly treat is a perfect combination of creamy, sweet, and bitter flavors that come together in a perfect balance. The layers of coffee-soaked ladyfingers, creamy mascarpone cheese, and cocoa powder create a decadent and indulgent dessert that is simply irresistible.
As I take my first bite of Tiramisu, I am transported to a charming café in the heart of Italy, where the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and the sweet scent of mascarpone cheese fills the air. The soft and delicate ladyfingers soaked in rich espresso coffee are the perfect base for the velvety and luscious mascarpone cream. And the finishing touch of the bitter cocoa powder adds just the right amount of contrast to the sweetness of the dessert.
Every bite of Tiramisu is a delightful experience that brings me pure bliss. This dessert is truly a masterpiece and I can’t help but fall in love with it again and again.
- 6 egg yolks
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2/3 cup milk
- 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
- 8 oz mascarpone cheese
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups strong brewed coffee, cooled
- 24-30 ladyfingers
- Unsweetened cocoa powder, for dusting
- In a medium saucepan, whisk together egg yolks and sugar until well combined. Add milk and whisk until smooth.
- Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and coats the back of a spoon (about 10 minutes).
- Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat the heavy cream until stiff peaks form.
- In another mixing bowl, whisk together mascarpone cheese and vanilla extract until smooth.
- Gently fold in the cooled egg yolk mixture into the mascarpone mixture.
- Gently fold in the whipped cream until everything is evenly combined.
- Dip the ladyfingers into the cooled coffee and layer them on the bottom of a 9×13 inch dish.
- Spoon half of the mascarpone mixture over the ladyfingers, spreading it out evenly.
- Dip another layer of ladyfingers in the coffee and arrange them on top of the mascarpone layer.
- Spoon the remaining mascarpone mixture over the ladyfingers, spreading it out evenly.
- Cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours (or overnight).
- Before serving, dust the top with cocoa powder.
- Cut into squares and enjoy your delicious homemade Tiramisu!
Baklava, the irresistible Middle Eastern pastry, has a special place in my heart. With its layers of flaky phyllo dough, crunchy nuts, and sweet honey syrup, it’s a dessert that truly has it all.
As I take my first bite of baklava, I’m immediately struck by the rich aroma of cinnamon and nuts. The delicate layers of phyllo dough shatter and crumble in my mouth, giving way to the nutty filling that’s generously sprinkled throughout. And with every bite, the sweet and sticky honey syrup brings a perfect balance to the pastry’s bold flavors.
Baklava is more than just a dessert – it’s a celebration of flavors, cultures, and traditions. Every time I indulge in a piece of baklava, I feel like I’m transported to the bustling streets of Istanbul or the warm embrace of a Middle Eastern home. Whether it’s for a special occasion or just a sweet treat, baklava always satisfies my sweet tooth and leaves me wanting more.
- 1 package (16 oz) phyllo dough
- 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, melted
- 2 cups chopped nuts (walnuts, pistachios, or a mixture of both)
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground cloves
- 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
- In a mixing bowl, combine the chopped nuts, cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom.
- Brush a 9×13 inch baking dish with melted butter.
- Lay a sheet of phyllo dough in the dish and brush it with melted butter. Repeat until you have layered half of the phyllo dough sheets.
- Spread the nut mixture evenly over the phyllo dough.
- Layer the remaining phyllo dough sheets on top of the nuts, brushing each sheet with melted butter.
- Use a sharp knife to score the top layer of phyllo dough into diamond shapes.
- Bake the baklava for 45-50 minutes, or until it turns golden brown.
- While the baklava is baking, make the syrup by combining the sugar, water, honey, and lemon juice in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Once the baklava is done baking, remove it from the oven and immediately pour the syrup over the hot pastry.
- Allow the baklava to cool completely before serving.
Pavlova is a dessert that never fails to impress. With its delicate meringue shell that’s crispy on the outside and pillowy soft on the inside, and a luscious topping of whipped cream and fresh fruit, it’s a dessert that’s both light and indulgent.
As I take a bite of pavlova, I’m struck by the contrast of textures and flavors. The meringue is sweet and airy, with a subtle hint of vanilla that pairs perfectly with the tartness of the fruit. The whipped cream is rich and decadent, and its cool creaminess balances out the sweetness of the meringue.
But what I love most about pavlova is its versatility. You can top it with any combination of fruit you like – strawberries, kiwi, mango, passionfruit, the possibilities are endless. And with its beautiful presentation, pavlova is the perfect dessert to showcase your creativity and culinary skills.
- 4 egg whites
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp white vinegar
- 1 tsp cornstarch
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups whipped cream
- Fresh fruit of your choice, such as strawberries, kiwi, and/or mango
- Preheat your oven to 300°F (150°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a mixing bowl, beat the egg whites with an electric mixer until soft peaks form.
- Gradually add the sugar, a tablespoon at a time, while continuing to beat the egg whites. Beat until the mixture is stiff and glossy.
- Gently fold in the vinegar, cornstarch, and vanilla extract.
- Spoon the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet, forming a circle with a well in the center.
- Bake for 1 hour, or until the outside of the meringue is crisp and dry.
- Turn off the oven and leave the pavlova inside to cool completely.
- Once the pavlova is cooled, fill the center with whipped cream and top with fresh fruit.
- Serve immediately.
5. Mochi Ice Cream
Mochi ice cream is a delightful treat that combines the chewy texture of mochi with the cool creaminess of ice cream. As I take a bite of this delicious dessert, I’m struck by the unique texture and flavor that make it unlike any other dessert.
The soft, chewy exterior of the mochi gives way to a creamy and cold center that’s bursting with flavor. Each bite is a perfect balance of sweetness and texture, with the mochi adding a satisfying chewiness to the dessert.
What I love most about mochi ice cream is the variety of flavors available. From classic vanilla and chocolate to more exotic flavors like green tea and mango, there’s a flavor for every palate. And with its small size, mochi ice cream is the perfect dessert to enjoy on the go or as a sweet treat after dinner.
- 1 cup mochiko (sweet rice flour)
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- Cornstarch or potato starch, for dusting
- Ice cream of your choice, scooped and frozen
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the mochiko and sugar.
- Slowly add the water, stirring constantly until the mixture forms a smooth, sticky dough.
- Cover the dough and let it rest for 10-15 minutes.
- Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and dust it with cornstarch or potato starch.
- Roll the dough into small balls, about 1 inch in diameter.
- Flatten each ball into a disc and place a small scoop of frozen ice cream in the center.
- Fold the edges of the mochi over the ice cream, pinching the seams closed.
- Place the mochi ice cream on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the mochi is puffy and slightly golden.
- Let the mochi ice cream cool for a few minutes before serving.
6. Sacher Torte
Sacher Torte is a chocolate lover’s dream come true. The rich, velvety texture of the chocolate cake is perfectly balanced by the tangy apricot jam that’s layered between the two moist cake layers. As I take a bite of this decadent dessert, I can’t help but be transported to Vienna, where this iconic cake was first created.
What sets Sacher Torte apart from other chocolate cakes is the attention to detail in its preparation. The cake is made with only the highest quality ingredients, including real butter, rich chocolate, and fresh eggs. The layers of cake are then spread with a thin layer of apricot jam, which not only adds a delicious tangy flavor but also helps to keep the cake moist.
Sacher Torte is a classic dessert that has stood the test of time, and for good reason. It’s the perfect indulgence for any chocolate lover looking for a rich, decadent treat that’s sure to impress.
- 7 oz (200g) dark chocolate, chopped
- 1/2 cup (120g) unsalted butter, softened
- 3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
- 6 large eggs, separated
- 3/4 cup (90g) all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup (120g) apricot jam
- 1/4 cup (60ml) water
- Powdered sugar, for dusting
- Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease a 9-inch (23cm) round cake pan and line the bottom with parchment paper.
- In a double boiler, melt the chopped chocolate until smooth. Let it cool for a few minutes.
- In a large mixing bowl, cream the softened butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
- Add the melted chocolate to the butter mixture and mix until well combined.
- In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until stiff peaks form.
- Fold the egg whites into the chocolate mixture, alternating with the flour, until the batter is smooth.
- Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
- Let the cake cool completely in the pan before removing it.
- Heat the apricot jam and water in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring until the jam is smooth.
- Spread a thin layer of the apricot jam over the top and sides of the cake.
- Dust the top of the cake with powdered sugar and serve.
7. Creme Brulee
Creme Brulee is a dessert that always reminds me of a luxurious fine dining experience. The rich, creamy custard base is perfectly balanced by the crunchy, caramelized sugar crust on top. It’s a dessert that’s both elegant and indulgent, making it the perfect way to end a special meal.
As I take a spoonful of the silky smooth custard, I savor the delicate flavors of vanilla and cream, which are perfectly complemented by the sweet crunch of the caramelized sugar on top. It’s a dessert that’s simple yet sophisticated, and it always manages to impress.
Creme Brulee may seem intimidating to make, but with a little patience and attention to detail, it’s actually quite easy. The key is to bake the custard low and slow, allowing it to set without curdling, and then using a blowtorch to create the signature caramelized sugar topping. The result is a dessert that’s both decadent and unforgettable.
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 4 large egg yolks
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar (for topping)
- Preheat your oven to 325°F (160°C). Set aside six 6-ounce ramekins.
- In a medium saucepan, heat the heavy cream and 1/2 cup of sugar over medium heat, stirring constantly until the sugar has dissolved.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and vanilla extract.
- Gradually pour the hot cream mixture into the egg yolks, whisking constantly until well combined.
- Pour the custard mixture into the prepared ramekins, filling them about 3/4 full.
- Place the ramekins in a baking dish and pour hot water into the dish until it reaches halfway up the sides of the ramekins.
- Bake the custards for 30-35 minutes, or until the edges are set but the center is still slightly jiggly.
- Remove the ramekins from the baking dish and let them cool to room temperature.
- Cover the ramekins with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or until the custards are chilled.
- When ready to serve, sprinkle a thin layer of sugar over the top of each custard.
- Use a kitchen torch to caramelize the sugar until it’s golden brown and crisp.
- Serve immediately and enjoy your homemade Creme Brulee!
Kulfi is a delicious frozen dessert that holds a special place in my heart. It’s a popular dessert in South Asia, especially in India, and is similar to ice cream but with a unique texture and flavor.
The creamy and rich texture of Kulfi is what sets it apart from regular ice cream. Made with milk that has been slowly simmered for hours, the resulting mixture is then flavored with cardamom, saffron, or pistachios, giving it a distinctively sweet and nutty flavor. The mixture is then poured into molds and frozen until firm.
One of the best things about Kulfi is its versatility. It can be enjoyed plain or paired with a variety of toppings such as rose syrup, chopped nuts, or even fresh fruit. As I take a bite of the sweet, creamy dessert, I am transported back to memories of childhood summers spent enjoying Kulfi with my family. It’s a dessert that brings people together and always leaves a lasting impression.
- 4 cups full-fat milk
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup chopped pistachios
- 1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder
- 1/4 teaspoon saffron strands
- Kulfi molds or small disposable cups
- Popsicle sticks
- In a heavy-bottomed pan, bring the milk to a boil over medium-high heat.
- Reduce the heat to low and let the milk simmer until it reduces to half its volume, stirring occasionally. This process can take up to an hour.
- Add the sugar, cardamom powder, and saffron strands to the milk, and stir until the sugar has dissolved.
- Add the chopped pistachios and stir until well combined.
- Remove the pan from the heat and let the mixture cool to room temperature.
- Pour the mixture into Kulfi molds or small disposable cups.
- Insert a popsicle stick into the center of each mold or cup.
- Cover the molds or cups with foil and freeze for at least 6 hours, or until the Kulfi is firm.
- To serve, remove the Kulfi from the molds or cups by dipping them in warm water for a few seconds and pulling them out by the popsicle stick.
- Enjoy your homemade Kulfi plain or topped with your favorite garnishes.