All in Swiss Desserts

Dinkel Pop Bars

Dinkel Pop Bars

Dinkel is the German word for spelt and this ancient grain has been cultivated in Europe since the Late Stone Age. But after centuries of dominance, spelt production gave way to its heartier cousin, wheat, which required less care and yielded more grain. 

Through the hard work of farmers and millers, spelt was saved, and protected, and now can be enjoyed in numerous forms, from pasta to these puffed spelt bars.

Absinthe Crème Caramel

Absinthe Crème Caramel

"I climbed out of the window, right past the police officer at my door, and I went to warn my friends."

So said the woman on the video, as the camera zoomed in on her knee high leather boots.

"I came in through the front door—boy was the cop surprised to see me. I invited him in and made him a coffee, but I had to promise not to tell anyone that I'd gotten out."

Toblerone Mousse

Toblerone Mousse

It's a continuous "struggle" to get through the mountain of leftover Christmas chocolate, and that's where recipes like this three ingredient mousse come in handy—break up your chocolate, whip up some egg whites and cream, and presto, dessert.

Bernese Pumpkin Pie

Bernese Pumpkin Pie

Though there are some holiday things I am happy to leave over the pond—salads that involve marshmallows, Black Friday—pumpkin pie is not one of them. I have joyfully sought out canned pumpkin and plied my Swiss relatives with the smooth, spicy, creamy, buttery, crisp, delicious dessert (it really has everything, doesn’t it?).

And it turns out that the Bernese were already enjoying it centuries ago.

Mostkuchen

Mostkuchen

Sometimes my Swiss friends ask me questions about North American baked goods like: "what's the difference between a cupcake and a muffin?"

And I ask them questions like: "What's the difference between a Torte and a Kuchen?"

Süssmostcreme

Süssmostcreme

Apple juice naturally ferments after a few days, so it wasn't until until the early 1900s when pasteurization made it possible for a non-alcoholic version to be stored and sold at market. Süssmost then became popular with children and athletes...and the government, who was trying to combat alcoholism.