6 of the Best Vegan Dessert Recipes

6 of the Best Vegan Dessert Recipes

If you ever host a dinner party and find that you have to cater to vegan guests, you will be hard-pressed to come up with a menu that caters to everyone. And if you are a dessert-loving host, you will definitely not want to skip the most important course of the meal! But fear not, your vegan guests will not have to watch everyone else indulge in sweets as many desserts can be made vegan! In fact, non-vegans may not even realise that the dessert they are eating is vegan because it tastes just as good, we promise! 

Here are some vegan dessert recipes you can try out! 

1. Blueberry cheesecake

Not only suitable for vegans, it's also gluten-free. Smiles all round! Check out the recipe for the blueberry cheesecake

2. Sweet potato brownies

Sweet potatoes in your desserts? Yes, and it's delicious! Your guests may not even be able to tell the difference between non-vegan friendly brownies and these sweet potato brownies.

3. Tiramisu

This vegan tiramisu is proof that vegan desserts can be just as decadent as non-vegan ones.

4. Lemon tart

Tangy and vegan, this no-bake lemon tart is perfect for summer dinner parties. 

5. Pumpkin pie

Another vegan and gluten-free treat for everyone, this pumpkin pie will be a popular sweet treat with your guests. Plus it's perfect for Halloween!  

6. Strawberry shortcake

Vegans can have their cake and eat it. This strawberry shortcake will surely delight both your vegan and non-vegan guests at your dinner party. Would anyone be able to tell that it is vegan?

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Desserts in Portugal: 6 Decadent Treats Not to be Missed

Desserts in Portugal: 6 Decadent Treats Not to be Missed

There is no doubt that sweet treats are central to Portuguese cuisine – the abundance of pastry shops around the country is a clear testament to this. If you’re a traveller with a sweet tooth, we bring good news – here’s a list of Portuguese desserts to savour during your stay in Portugal:

1. Serradura

Serradura translates to mean ‘sawdust’ in English, and this dessert is also known as sawdust pudding. Unappetising as the name sounds, rest assured that this pudding is a lovely treat to be savoured. Crushed biscuits make up the layer of ‘sawdust’ sprinkled on the topmost layer of cream, spooned atop alternating layers of cream and tea biscuits. If you love desserts boasting contrasting textures, this creamy and crunchy treat is sure to hit a sweet spot.

2. Pudim Caseiro

This classic dessert is a household favourite made with ingredients such as eggs, milk, port wine, caramel, sugar and water. It is one of the many pudding desserts found in Portugal, and it is said that each household in the country prepares this dessert in different ways.

3. Toucinho do Ceu

Toucinho do Ceu translates to mean ‘bacon in heaven’ – but rest assured that this dessert does not contain any traces of the savoury cured meat. Infact, toucinho do ceu is a dessert of almond cake. Its unique name can be attributed to the fact that pork lard was traditionally used in the preparation of this dessert. Today, pork lard is not always used in the preparation of this cake, although bakers in certain regions of the country continue to follow this tradition.

4. Cavacas

Cavacas, also known as popover dessert, refers to a cupcake-style pastry topped with a sweet and creamy glaze. These decadent delights are a festive treat often served during holidays and celebrations. You will easily find it at Portuguese bakeries too, so you will not have to wait for a special occasion to enjoy this dessert.

5. Coscoroes

A festive treat commonly consumed during Christmas, coscoroes are fried pieces of dough with a crunchy texture and sweet flavour. The addition of orange and orange zest lend a citrusy note to the dessert, and a sprinkling of cinnamon brings a spicy kick to this treat.

6. Pastel De Nata

Pastel de nata, also known as Portuguese egg tarts, is a well-known Portuguese delicacy. This Portuguese classic was created by Catholic monks in a monastery in Lisbon prior to the 1800s. Fabrica de Pasteis de Belem, a pastry shop that has been operating since 1837, owns the original recipe of pastel de nata. Be sure to drop by this pastry store for a taste of the original Portuguese classic!


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Hair-raising Treats: 10 Weird Ice Cream Flavours You’d Loathe To Eat

Hair-raising Treats: 10 Weird Ice Cream Flavours You'd Loathe To Eat

Bacon-flavoured ice cream does not seem so weird – not when you discover ten weird (and slightly alarming) ice cream inventions below…

1. Crocodile Egg Ice Cream

The staff at a restaurant in Philippines once invented this hair-raising flavour after being offered crocodile eggs from a farm situated next to it. 

2. Sichuan Pepper Ice Cream

This ice cream may look pink and pretty, but do not be deceived by its pleasing appearances, for it masks a potent level of spiciness. 

3. Chicken Wing Ice Cream

At last, a perfect delicacy for foodies in love with sweet and savoury treats! You get the best of both worlds in this chicken wing-flavoured delight, enjoying the smooth creaminess of ice cream, together with the addictive flavour of a well-fried chicken wing. 

(We hope that you are not grossed out, for we say this in jest! The amusing folks at Perry's Ice Cream created this as an April Fool's prank in 2014.)

3. Ox Tongue Ice Cream

This is proof that the Japanese are more than capable of coming up with the craziest inventions!

4. Raw Horse Meat Ice Cream

The best chocolate ice creams have good ol' chocolate chips in them, and nutty flavours often come with bite-sized pieces of crunchy nuts. In this peculiar variety, you get chunks of raw horse meat studded throughout the icy treat. 

5. Pit Viper Ice Cream

A venomous treat for the vicious. 

6. Horseradish Ice Cream

Get a taste of weirdness with this treat.

7. Lobster Ice Cream

Sold in Maine, this butter-flavoured ice cream contains succulent chunks of lobster meat. Yum – just perfect for seafood lovers! 

8. Viagra Ice Cream

Coloured in the drug's signature blue hue, this ice cream contains traces of viagra. This is one sweet treat that provides an unexpected kick! 

9. Toothpaste & Orange Juice Ice Cream

A perfect treat to pacify the little ones, perhaps? 

10. Sauerkraut Ice Cream

The cure for ice cream addicts – we promise that a bite of this sourish treat will be sufficient in reducing their ice cream cravings!


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Best Desserts In Rome: 7 Sweet Spots Not to Be Missed

Best Desserts In Rome: 7 Sweet Spots Not to Be Missed

Dessert-lovers in search of a gastronomic heaven will find their slice of paradise in Rome. Home to not just savory goodness from pasta and pizza, but also a myriad of best desserts that will surely leave the inner sweet tooth satisfied.

There is an incredible array of best dessert places, pastry shops, and bakeries in Rome that will definitely excite enthusiastic foodies keen on embarking on an Italian sweet treats culinary exploration, leaving them spoilt for choice.

No one wants to complain about having too many desserts, but there are only so many sweet treats that someone can stomach. You will have no regrets when you feast on the best, so be sure to make a stopover at these seven spots offering some of the best desserts in Rome.

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1. Pastiera Napoletana

Originating from Naples, the pastiera Napoletana is an Italian tart made with eggs, boiled wheat and ricotta cheese. The crisp pastry of this dessert hides a soft stuffing in a shade of golden yellow. Classic versions of the pastiera Napoletana are flavored with cinnamon and orange flower water, while modern twists to the original version incorporate unique flavors.

Try it: Savour this dessert in the most authentic way with BonAppetour’s Italian host, Simona a slice is sure to leave you yearning for more! As a home chef, she enjoys whipping up regional Italian dishes and taking her guests on a culinary journey to Napoli.

Find out what is Simona up to in her own kitchen now: Pastiera Napoletana with Host Simona

2. Tiramisu

Mmm… the tiramisu. We could go on forever about this delicate dessert that one can never get enough of – how its soft creaminess melts in your mouth, and how the hint of liqueur adds a kick to its rich coffee flavor.The cake, made from ladyfinger biscuits dipped in coffee, is layered with a filling made of eggs, sugar, and mascarpone cheese. It is definitely a crowd pleaser!

Try it: We are quite sure that you do not just want to hear all about how good this dessert tastes – Learn the recipe and try it for yourself when you dine with our host Francesca in Rome! Apart from desserts, she loves hosting and preparing traditional Italian meals for her guests. She believes that the wide variety of Italian food reflects her country’s cultures, dialects and heritage, which she is so passionate about.

Find out what is Francesca up to in her own kitchen now: Tiramisu with host Francesca

3. Sweet Salami with Hazelnut Cream

A glance at this dessert from afar, and one might be fooled into thinking that this log-shaped treat is a smoked meat meant to be served alongside a platter of savory cheeses. Peer closely, and you will find that slices of this dessert are colored in a deep, chocolate-brown hue, and studded with light brown flecks. Rome travelers who do not want to miss out on this.

Try it: Sample this intriguing treat will have your sugar cravings satisfied at a sumptuous dinner with our BonAppetour host, Alessandro! Experienced as a host, he is known to whip up a wide variety of dishes and desserts that will satisfy everyone’s craving. Did we mention that he serves wine at his dinners too?

Find out what is Alessandro up to in his own kitchen now: Sweet Salami with Hazelnut Cream at Alessandro’s

4. Gelato

Rome travelers with a love for icy treats must not miss out on making a stop by Fata Morgana. Located in the neighborhood of Salario-Trieste, vacation makers will find the store situated along a street from the popular Villa Ada park.

Gelato lovers who are adamant about sticking to traditional flavors will not be disappointed with the classic choices available at Fata Morgana, for you cannot go wrong with chocolate or pistachio and cream. Those with an adventurous palate will be keen to try a range of exotic flavors, such as a refreshing mojito mint and lime, tart blueberry cheesecake and intriguing-sounding rice pudding gelato.

Gelato from Fata Morgana does not only taste good – it is also made with wholesome ingredients. No colorings, gluten or chemicals are used in making its selection of top-quality gelatos.

Find out more now: Gelato at Fata Morgana

5. Ricotta Cannoli

Looking for a dessert to complete your meal? Everyone in Rome has to try this traditional Sicilian pastry dessert – Cannoli. The tube-shaped shells of the cannoli are made from frying pastry dough, before being filled with a sweet ricotta cream. The Ricotta Cannoli at I Dolci di Nonna Vincenza has proven to be a huge hit with locals and travelers. It is not overly sweet and the crisps of the pastry complement the dessert just nicely. Made in bite-sized portions, one is never enough.

Nestled in the corner by the road, the store is located at a perfect spot for anyone looking for a small snack while traveling around. So, be sure to make this place one of your must-try stops.

Find out more now: Ricotta Cannoli at I Dolci di Nonna Vincenza

6. Torta Caprese

Chocoholics will find their slice of paradise at Said. Located in the San Lorenzo district of Rome, this chocolate bar has a longstanding history. Starting out as a chocolate factory dating back to 1923, Said has not stopped producing a fine selection of decadent treats ever since.

Be sure not to miss out on savoring a slice of delicious Torta Caprese, a rich cake made from chocolate and almonds. Do leave some space in your dessert stomach to savor the variety of truffles and torrones sold at the store.

Find out more now: Torta Caprese at Said

7. Cornetto

We are not quite sure if we would call the cornetto a dessert. A popular breakfast item among the Italians, the cornetto is the Italian variation of a croissant. Compared to the french variety, the cornetto is less buttery and flaky and has a greater density. This simple and delicious treat comes in many forms – it may be dusted with a sprinkling of sugar, glazed with a sticky syrup, or stuffed with Nutella, pastry cream or marmalade.

Travelers in Rome in search of a lovely cornetto to kick start their mornings should make a stop by Caffè Barberini. Do not let the nondescript setting of the cafe fool you, for it serves up one of the best cornettos in the city. Be sure it enjoy this delight the Italian way – order a plain cornetto, and dunk it into your cappuccino. Yum.

Find out more now: Cornetto at Caffè Barberini

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