Raise you flag, we are having a Dessert face-off between North America and South America!
6 desserts 2 continents, which one do you think should take the number one spot?
Without further ado let us bring in the first set of contestants…
1. The North American ‘Key Lime Pie’ VS The South American ‘Dulce de Batata’
Key lime pie
Place of origin: United States (Florida)
Main ingredients: Lime juice, egg yolks, condensed milk (sweetened), and pie shell
Background: The name of the pie comes from the place ‘Florida Keys’ where key limes are found in huge quantities.
Dulce de Batata
Place of origin: Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay
Main ingredients: sweet potato, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla
Background: It has the consistency of a jelly. It is very popular in Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay because of the widely growing sweet potato in those areas.
2. The South American Picarones VS The North American Red Velvet Cake
Place of origin: Peru
Main ingredients: Sweet potato, chancaca syrup (a syrup made especially for Picarones)
Background: Created during the colonial period, people started using traditional ingridients to make another dessert called Bunuelos but accidentaly created the dolce de batata with those ingredients.
Red Velvet Cake
Place of origin: United Stated
Main ingredients : cocoa, red food colouring, flour, buttermilk, butter, vanilla, cookie dough, cream cheese
Background: Dates back to the second world war where food were rationed. Chefs used to use beetroot to enhance the colour of their cakes to serve a Texas based company, from their on it was brought to kitchens across America.
3. The North American Chocolate Brownie VS The South American Brigadeiro
Place of origin: United States (Chicago, Illinos)
Main ingredients: Flour, butter, eggs, cocoa, powder and sugar
Background: Bertha Palmer an American business woman requested a Chef to make cakes for the event she was hosting, she told him to make it smaller than a piece of cake still retaining cake like characteristics. Thus the Brownie was born.
Place of origin: Brazil
Main ingredients: Chocolate powder, butter and condensed milk
Background: This dessert got its name from the famous brazillian politician Brigadier Eduardo Gomes. While he was running for presidency his wife used to make Brigadeiro for fund raising events to help his political party. From then on whenever there used to be an event people used to ask for her brigadeiro’s.
Which dessert did you like the most?? Give your comments below! Stay tuned for the next post we are going to Finland and The Philipines.