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50 European desserts you've got to try before you die


Europe's hiding a wealth of dessert goodies that you don't want to miss. Here's a list of 50 must-try treats that are only an ocean—or recipe—away!

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Croquembouche - France

The croquembouche (literally translates to "crunch in the mouth") is a typical sweet French delicacy commonly served on important religious occasions or at weddings. It's essentially composed of cream-filled choux pastry puffs stacked up into a tower and wrapped in a thin layer of caramel. Here's a simple, delicious version to try.

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  • 1/4 cup / 50g of softened butter
  • 1 egg (divide the yolk and white)
  • 1/4 cup / 50g of sugar
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1 cup / 150g of flour
  • 1 cup / 100g of chopped nuts
  • Salted caramel
  • Melted dark chocolate


  1. In a bowl, mix together the butter, egg yolk, sugar, and salt.

  2. Add the flour and mix. Roll into a ball.

  3. Chill for 30 minutes.

  4. Remove from refrigerator. Divide the dough and roll into 1-inch balls.

  5. Dip each ball in egg yolk, and then roll in chopped nuts.

  6. Place on baking sheet (lined with parchment paper), and press your thumb into the center.

  7. Bake at 340°F/170°C for 12 minutes, or until golden.

  8. Remove from oven and let cool.

  9. Pour the salted caramel into the center groove,and drizzle with dark chocolate.

  10. Enjoy!

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