The word ‘Dessert’ comes from the French word ‘desservir’ which means to ‘clean the table’. In many countries such as the United Kingdom, Hong-Kong and India, desserts are called ‘after’s’. The terms ‘clean the table’ and ‘after’s’ do not give justice to these desserts. The Finnish Mämmi and the Filipino Halo-halo is a top reason why we could eat them before the main course.
They look so good, and I am sure they taste even better!
Halo-halo is a famous Filipino dessert made from shaved ice, milk, red beans and a variety of fruits and purple yam. The modern version usually has a scoop of ice cream added. The fruits in this dessert are not common fruits such as apple or grapes, they are Asian tropical fruits found in countries in South East Asia.
The fruits include:
- Sugar Palm fruit
- Coconut sport
- Sweet potato
- Tapioca (cassava root)
There are many interesting ingredients used such as yam. Yam is a root vegetable, which is purple in colour. It is not only used in desserts but also has a medicinal purpose to cure tumours and fevers.
This dessert is popular in the hot summer months just as ice cream is. It is commonly served in a clear bowl or a glass that shows its colourful contents.
This is what it looks like
The Taste of Finland
The Finnish Mammi is a traditional dessert mostly consumed during Easter. The main ingredients include rye flour, water, molasses, powdered malted rye and bitter orange. It takes hours to prepare as it goes through a natural sweetening process before it is put in the oven.
Although the ingredients used are common for baking and cooking I have not heard of most of them.
Molasses – Is the by-product of sugarcane, grapes, and sugar beets.
Rye– is a type of a grass that is similar to barley and wheat.
Bitter Orange– citrus fruit used in various fields from perfumes to solvents.
Mämmi has been around since the 13th century first consumed in the southwest region of Finland and was eaten on Easter now however it is mass produced and available all year round.
Tune in next week for a Valentines day special!