American Desserts

American Culture 11 February 2011 | 6 Comments

After being in Paris for 2 weeks now, I’ve enjoyed many French desserts. Thus, I thought it was fitting to write a post about American desserts in case anyone is interested in traditional American desserts. A lot of these I’m sure you have in your country or perhaps a variation of them. Leave a comment and let me know which ones you are accustomed to and tell me about the wonderful desserts from your homeland.

Cakes – This is probably my favorite dessert in the USA. We have German chocolate cake which is a chocolate cake that has a pecan and coconut icing on it. My all-time favorite cake is Italian cream cake. This is a white cake with nuts in it and it has a sour cream icing. Then, of course there are birthday cakes. The more bizarre and decorated the better for me!

Cupcakes – They are simply mini-cakes. They have been the craze the last few years in the United States with cupcake shops opening up everywhere.


Pies
– When lots of people think of the USA and desserts, they think about the American apple pie. This is a wonderful dessert. The bottom of most pies is a crust that is made from flour, butter and water. You can even buy a premade crust in the frozen food section of the grocery store. The inside of the pie is main part ofthe pie. In an apple pie, the ingredients usually are apples, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and flour. Of course every baker makes their own variations. I also like these types of pies: peaches, cherry, chocolate, coconut cream. Well, pretty much all kinds of pies. Some pies have a sugar topping on top, some have a top crust, and others have nothing on top.

Cookies – A cookie is a small, normally flat cake. They are usually crispier than a cake though.
The most well-known American cookie is the Chocolate chip cookie! Other types of cookies are: oatmeal raison, white chocolate chip, etc. One great cookie is called the cowboy cookie.

Here’s the recipe for Cowboy cookies:
Ingredients:
• 1/2 cup butter, softened
• 1/2 cup sugar
• 1/2 cup firmly-packed light brown sugar
• 1 large egg
• 1/2 tsp. vanilla
• 1 cup all-purpose flour
• 1/2 tsp. baking soda
• 1/4 tsp. baking powder
• 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
• 1 cup rolled oats
• 1 cup chopped walnuts
• 1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut
• 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Preparation:
1. Cream butter and sugars together with an electric mixer until fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla.
2. Turn off mixer. Dump flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in the middle of the batter. Mix in on low speed until incorporated.
3. Stir in oats, walnuts, coconut and chocolate chips. Refrigerate dough 1-4 hours.
4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
5. Bake on center rack, 9-11 minutes until browned around the edges but still soft in the middle. Cool on wire racks.
http://kidscooking.about.com/od/cookies/r/cowboy-cookies.htm

6 Responses on “American Desserts”

  1. Diego says:

    Hi Yvonne,
    the German cake looks amazing while cupcakes are a little bit strange: too much colors for me! ;-D
    I think the most famous italian dessert is “Tiramisù”. The ingredients are: coffee, sugar, eggs, mascarpone (it’s a kind of cheese), savoiardi (it’s a biscuit), a little bit of salt, cocoa.

  2. Greg Xu says:

    There are many different types of desserts in China ,from different time and different places. Some are fried, some are steamed, and many are made in very unique ways which I’ve even never heared of . LOL
    I think the well-known dessert is mooncake , almost everyone eats mooncake on Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival , and it has very beautiful stories behind it. But I’m not a fan . :)

  3. I’m getting hungry for some desserts! Maybe we should make some cowboy cookies here in France… would probably be something new for our neighbours to try.

  4. Yvonne says:

    It’s so interesting to me to hear about steamed desserts. I’ve never made one. They sound so yummy!

  5. Yvonne says:

    I love Tiramisu, though I bet it tastes much better in Italy than in the USA.

  6. Yvonne says:

    We should make some!!!

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