You can practically taste it. Reading a description of these pastry treats ... is a treat unto itself. You can imagine the honey oozing out of a sticky bun, or the sweet cream of a cream puff, caught by your tongue before it falls from your lips. Yes, this quiz is for lovers of pastries - both sweet and savory. A perfect beef Wellington has a crust that is soaked in juices but not soggy. That chicken pot pie is both hearty and light. Yes, pastry crust can make or break a meal, and when done well, is an explosion of goodness in your mouth.
Besides giving you a taste of what you might want to bake next, this quiz provides some trivia on your favorite treats. For instance, did you know that the contemporary American apple fritter is unlike the British one? In Britain they are prepared by slicing apples, dipping them in batter and frying them. In America, the apples, butter and sugar are combined with doughnut-style pastry.
Are you ready to identify all of your favorite treats? Be warned - you will be questioned on pastries from around the world. But with your sophisticated palate, that shouldn't be a problem. Go on, tantalize your taste buds with this quiz!
Beignet, synonymous with the English "fritter," is the French term for a pastry made from deep-fried choux. Choux is sometimes called pate a choux.
Although you'll find churros on the fairgrounds, they are originally from Spain and Portugal. It is a fried-dough pastry that is easy to make and deliciously sweet.
A bear claw is a sweet, yeast-raised pastry, similar to a Danish. It's usually filled with almond paste, and sometimes raisins. The semicircle shape and partial slices along one side make it look like a bear claw.
This round, solid, yeast-risen doughnut with chocolate frosting and a pastry cream filling is a miniature doughnut version of the Boston cream pie.
Many believe that cinnamon rolls originated in Sweden. Swedish cinnamon rolls are not as sweet as those baked in the United States, where the rolls are glazed or frosted and sometimes nuts or raisins are added.
Fritter-type foods can be traced back all the way to the Romans, and corn fritters can be traced to the South. But no matter where it originates, this tasty treat is a favorite all over the world.
Baklava is made with many layers of filo dough, separated with melted butter and chopped nuts -- either walnuts or pistachios -- then drenched in honey. Yum!
A Napoleon is made by sandwiching crispy layers of puff pastry with a rich custard pastry cream filling and then garnishing the top with a glossy royal icing. It is traditionally made with chocolate and white icing.
You'll need to unfold puff pastry sheets, repair any cracks, trim each sheet into a square, then cut each larger square into four smaller squares to create the traditional triangular shape.
Danish are fluffy and crispy on the outside, buttery and flaky on the inside. Many are chock-full of sweet fillings.
Crullers may be fried and dipped in plain powdered sugar, powdered sugar mixed with cinnamon, or just icing. "Cruller" comes from a Dutch word that means "to curl."
The difference between the Dutch Apple Pie and the French Apple Pie is that the Dutch has a streusel-like topping with a crunchier texture. French Apple Pie tends to have a topping a bit more like sugary bread crumbs.
The choux dough is typically piped into an oblong shape by using a pastry bag and then baked until it is crisp and hollow inside. Cream fills the hollow and it is topped with chocolate icing.
Strudel is a pastry made from multiple thin layers of filo dough rolled up and filled with fruit (mainly apple and sour cherry) or cheese. Strudel is often served with cream.
The cannoli originates from Sicily. It is made with a tube-like shell of fried pastry dough filled with a creamy, sweet cheese filling, which is usually ricotta cheese.
An Italian cornetto (little horn) usually has a filling of pastry cream, marmalade, honey or chocolate (most likely gianduia or Nutella). It is made with lard instead of butter and is sweeter than a croissant.
The best part of eating a sticky bun is licking the sugar and butter or honey off your fingers. It is dripping with delicious goodness.
Cream puffs or French profiteroles are choux pastry balls filled with whipped cream, pastry cream, custard or ice cream. They can also be topped with icing, chocolate ganache or powdered sugar.
This traditional British pastry uses suet, which is raw, hard fat of beef or mutton. It is famously used to make steak and kidney pie, as well as steamed or boiled puddings.
To make this recipe, line puff pastry into a deep-dish pie plate or springform pan, add cooked omelets, then cover the torte with more puff pastry. Press together edges of both sheets of puff pastry to form a rim, then crimp or flute the edges and bake. It looks spectacular!
A perfect winter feast that warms the heart and belly begins with a serving of chicken pot pie. Thick pieces of white chicken meat, vegetables and a cream sauce are encased in a flaky pie crust.
A tart is a bottom-only pie with shallow sides. Sometimes the tart dough is a bit different than pie dough, which is more flaky and tender.
The sausage roll uses a pastry that is a cross between puff and flaky pastry. It has the advantage of being easier to make than puff pastry, but is as light as flaky pastry.
This one could be difficult if you don't know the difference between tart and quiche. A tart can be savory or sweet, whereas a quiche can only be savory. Now you know!
Tartlet refers to a miniature tart; examples would be egg or custard tartlet. Unlike the egg tartlet, the custard tartlet is served at room temperature.
This meal of tender, flavorful beef encased in earthy mushrooms, rich pâte, and a flaky pastry was named in honor of Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington, who defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.
A croissant is a flaky crescent-shaped treat. Layering yeast-leavened dough with butter, and adding cheese or chocolate heightens the rich, buttery flavor of a croissant.
The samosa is made with all-purpose flour, locally known as maida. The triangular shell is stuffed with filling and deep fried to a golden color.
Empanadas are originally from Galicia, now Spain. They are made by folding a dough around the filling, then frying or baking until they are golden brown.
Pain au chocolat is a type of sweet bread made from yeast-leavened dough, similar in texture to a puff pastry, with one or two pieces of dark chocolate in the center.
The most important characteristic of an Italian brioche is the small ball on top. It is generally pulled off and eaten first!
Whether you eat a sweet roll at breakfast or for dessert, this tasty treat is irresistible due to the sweet, yeast pastry surrounding an assortment of fillings and covered with icing.
Although associated with Greece, spanakopita originated from Turkish cuisine more than 400 years ago. This tasty pastry would have been introduced during the Turkish occupation of Greece.
Although these answers are all the same treat, to get the correct answer you need to know your French. In Mexico they are called Orejas, meaning "ears." In Germany they are called Schweineohren, meaning "pigs' ears," while the Swiss call them Prussien. In French, palmier means "palm tree."
Marked with an icing cross on top, hot cross buns have been a holiday staple of some communities for centuries. They usually contain dried fruit.