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List of pastries

An assortment of cakes and pastries in a pâtisserie.

This is a list of pastries, which are small cakes or confections made using pastry — a stiff dough enriched with fat. Some dishes, such as pies, are made of a pastry casing that covers or completely contains a filling of various sweet or savory ingredients. There are five basic types of pastry (a food that combines flour and fat) - these are shortcrust pastry, filo pastry, choux pastry, flaky pastry and puff pastry. Many pastries are prepared using shortening, a fat food product that is solid at room temperature, the composition of which lends to creating crumbly, shortcrust-style pastries and pastry crusts.

Pastries were first created by the ancient Egyptians. The classical period of ancient Greece and Rome had pastries made with almonds, flour, honey and seeds. The introduction of sugar into European cookery resulted in a large variety of new pastry recipes in France, Italy, Spain and Switzerland. The greatest innovator was Marie-Antoine Carême who perfected puff pastry and developed elaborate designs of pâtisserie.[1]


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Name Image Origin Description
Alexandertorte Latvia Pastry strips filled with berries.[2][3]
Aloo pie Trinidad and Tobago Variant of the samosa.[4] It is a soft, fried pastry made from flour and water, and filled with boiled, spiced and mashed potatoes (aloo being a romanization of the Hindi word for "potato") and other vegetables such as green peas or chana dal (split chickpeas without their seedcoat).
Apple pie Europe, United States Apple pie is a fruit pie (or tart) in which the principal filling ingredient is apples. It is sometimes served with whipped cream, Cheddar cheese, or ice cream on top. Pastry is generally used top-and-bottom, making it a double-crust pie, the upper crust of which may be a circular shaped crust or a pastry lattice woven of strips; exceptions are deep-dish apple pie with a top crust only, and open-face Tarte Tatin.
Apple strudel Central Europe Sliced apples and other fruit are wrapped and cooked in layers of filo pastry. The earliest known recipe is in Vienna but several countries in central and eastern Europe claim this dish.[5]
Bakewell pudding United Kingdom First created by accident in Bakewell around 1860, this has a flaky pastry base covered with raspberry jam and topped with custard and almonds. The Bakewell tart is similar but tends to use shortcrust pastry with a layer of sponge instead of custard.[6]
Baklava Turkey An Ottoman Turkish[7][8] pastry that is rich and sweet made of layers of filo pastry filled with chopped nuts and sweetened with syrup or honey.[9]
Bakpia Pathok Indonesia Small, round-shaped Indonesian pastries, usually stuffed with mung beans
Banbury cake United Kingdom (Banbury, Oxfordshire) A spiced, currant-filled, flat pastry, similar to Eccles cake (qv)
Banitsa Bulgaria Prepared by layering a mixture of whisked eggs and pieces of cheese between phyllo pastry, which is then baked in an oven
Banket Netherlands Popular during the Christmas season, prepared by rolling pastry dough around an almond paste filling and then baking it. The log is then cut into short lengths for serving, hot or cold.
Bear claw United States Sweet breakfast pastry.
Belekoy Philippines (Bulacan) Made with flour, sugar, sesame seeds and vanilla.
Belokranjska povitica Slovenia National dish that consists of a pastry roll with fillings. (English: White country (or white mountain) rolled cake)
Berliner Germany A Berliner Pfannkuchen is a traditional North German pastry similar to a doughnut with no central hole made from sweet yeast dough fried in fat or oil, with a marmalade or jam filling and usually icing, powdered sugar or conventional sugar on top.
Bethmännchen Germany A sweet from Frankfurt on the Main, prepared with marzipan with almond, powdered sugar, rosewater, flour and egg. Typically prepared for Christmas.
Bichon au citron France Similar to a turnover in size, shape, and made of puff pastry. A major distinguishing feature is that it is filled with lemon Bavarian cream. The outer layer of sugar is sometimes partially caramelized. Its shape resembles the head of a Bichon dog.
Bierock Eastern Europe Meat-filled pocket pastries originating in Central or Eastern Europe, possibly in Germany or Russia. The dish is common among the Volga German community in the United States and Argentina. It was brought to the United States in the 1880s by German Russian Mennonite immigrants.[10] Bierock is filled with cooked and seasoned ground beef, shredded cabbage and onions, then oven baked until the dough is golden brown. Some variants include grated carrots.
Birnbrot Switzerland A traditional pastry originating in Switzerland with a filling of dried pears
Bizcocho Spain, Latin America The name given in Spain and several Latin American countries to many variants of buttery flaky pastry and some cookies
Blachindla Germany A German pastry dessert. They are turnovers made of a pie-like crust and filled with a pumpkin filling.
Börek/Burek Turkey A family of baked or fried filled pastries made of a thin flaky dough known as yufka. It can be filled with cheese, often white cheese or kaşar; minced meat, potatoes or vegetables. Most probably invented in what is now Modern Turkey, in the early times of the Ottoman Empire, to become a popular element of Ottoman cuisine.[11][12][13] A börek may be prepared in a large pan and cut into portions after baking, or as individual pastries. The top of the börek is often sprinkled with sesame seeds.
Bossche bol Netherlands Sometimes called "chocoladebol" ("chocolate ball") in its city of origin, is a pastry from the Dutch city of 's-Hertogenbosch (also called Den Bosch). It is effectively a large profiterole, about 12 cm/5" in diameter (i.e. somewhat larger than a tennis ball), filled with whipped cream and coated entirely or almost entirely with (usually dark) chocolate.
Bougatsa Greece A Greek breakfast pastry consisting of semolina, custard, feta or minced meat filling between layers of phyllo. When with semolina or custard filling is considered a sweet dessert and is topped with icing sugar and cinnamon powder.
Boyoz Turkey (İzmir) A Turkish pastry associated with İzmir, Turkey. Boyoz paste is a mixture of flour, sunflower oil and a small addition of tahin. It is kneaded by hand and the ball of paste is left to repose for 2- hours. The paste is then flattened to the width of a dish and left to repose again. It is then kneaded and opened once more, before being formed into a roll and left to repose as such for a further period of several hours. When the tissue of the paste is still soft but about to detach into pieces, it is cut into small balls and put in rows of small pans and marinaded in vegetable oil between half an hour and one hour. Their paste then takes an oval form and acquires the consistence of a millefeuille. The small balls can then be put on a tray into a very high-temperature oven either in plain form or with fillings of cheese or spinach added inside.
Bridie United Kingdom (Forfar) a Scottish meat pastry that originates from Forfar, Scotland. Bridies are said "to have been 'invented' by a Forfar baker in the 1850s".[14] The name may refer to the pie's frequent presence on wedding menus, or to Margaret Bridie of Glamis, "who sold them at the Buttermarket in Forfar."[15] They are similar to pasties, but because they are made without potatoes, are much lighter in texture.
Briouat North Africa (Morocco) A sweet puff pastry and part of Moroccan cuisine
Bruttiboni Italy (Prato, central Italy) Almond-flavored biscuit
Bundevara Serbia A pie filled with pumpkin, and could refer to either a savijača (made of rolled phyllo) or a štrudla (made of rolled dough). Both sweet and salty pies are made.
Burek see Börek
Canelé France (Bordeaux) A small pastry with a soft and tender custard center and a dark, thick caramelized crust.
Cannoli Italy Cannoli consist of tube-shaped shells of fried pastry dough, filled with a sweet, creamy filling usually containing ricotta. They range in size from "cannulicchi", no bigger than a finger, to the fist-sized proportions typically found in Piana degli Albanesi, south of Palermo, Sicily.
Carac Switzerland (French) A Swiss pastry made of chocolate, usually found in the French part of Switzerland
ChaSan China (Huai'an) A traditional Chinese pastry that is popular in Jiangsu Province, China, and especially in Huai'an, a historic city which is considered as the home of Chasan.
Chatti Pathiri India (Kerala) A layered pastry made in the North Malabar and Malabar region, of Kerala State. It is made in both sweet and savory variations. The dish is very similar to the Italian lasagna. Instead of pasta; pastry sheets or pancakes made with flour, egg, oil and water are used.
Cherry pie United States, Europe A pie baked with a cherry filling. Traditionally, cherry pie is made with tart rather than sweet cherries as it is easier to control how sweet the pie eventually becomes and also eventually translates to a sharper taste. Morello cherries are one of the most common kinds of cherry used, but others, like the native black cherry, are also occasionally utilized.
Chorley cake United Kingdom (Chorley, Lancashire) Chorley cakes are flattened, fruit-filled pastry cakes, traditionally associated with the town of Chorley in Lancashire, England. They are a close relative of the more widely known Eccles cake, but have some significant differences. The Chorley cake is significantly less sweet than its Eccles cousin, and is commonly eaten with a light spread of butter on top, and perhaps a slice of Lancashire cheese on the side.
Chouquette France Viennoiserie consisting of a small portion of choux pastry sprinkled with pearl sugar and sometimes filled with custard or mousse. A chouquette can also be dipped in chocolate or covered in chocolate chips.
Choux pastry France A light pastry dough used to make profiteroles, croquembouches, éclairs, French crullers, beignets, St. Honoré cake, Indonesian kue sus, and gougères. It contains only butter, water, flour, and eggs. In lieu of a raising agent it employs high moisture content to create steam during cooking to puff the pastry.
Coca Spain (Catalonia) Typically made and consumed in Catalonia,[16][17] eastern parts of Aragon,[16][18] most of Valencia,[16] the Balearic Islands,[16] Andorra[16][19] and in French Catalonia.[16] There are many diverse cocas, with four main varieties: sweet, savory, closed and open.
Cornish pasty United Kingdom (Cornwall) Sometimes known as a "pastie" or "British pasty" in the United States,[20] is a filled pastry case, associated in particular with Cornwall in Great Britain. It is made by placing the uncooked beef & potatoes, onions, swede filling on a flat pastry circle, and folding it to wrap the filling, crimping the edge at the side or top to form a seal. The result is a raised semicircular end-product.
Coussin de Lyon France (Lyon) A sweet specialty of Lyon composed of chocolate and marzipan. Pictured is Coussin de Lyon with dark green netting, filled with a chocolate ganache flavored with curacao.
Cream horn A pastry made with flaky or puff pastry, filled with fruit or jam and whipped cream. The horn shape is made by winding overlapping pastry strips around a conical mold. After baking, a spoonful of jam or fruit is added and the pastry is then filled with whipped cream. The pastry can also be moistened and sprinkled with sugar before baking for a sweeter, crisp finish.[21]
Crocetta of Caltanissetta Sicily, only Caltanissetta Sweet disappeared and rediscovered in 2014. The ingredients of the Crocetta of Caltanissetta (small cross) are typical of the area of Caltanissetta at the beginning of the last century. They are: almonds, sugar, sweet lemon puree, oranges or other fruit typical of the area, pistachio and powdered sugar.

The Crocetta is produced in two variants. One is lemon flavoured and covered in powdered sugar. The other one is orange flavoured and it has pistachio grind on top.

Croissant France A buttery flaky bread named for its distinctive crescent shape. Croissants are made of a leavened variant of puff pastry. The yeast dough is layered with butter, rolled and folded several times in succession, then rolled into a sheet, a technique called laminating. Croissants have long been a staple of French bakeries and pâtisseries. The Kipferl – ancestor of the croissant – has been documented in Austria going back at least as far as the 13th century, in various shapes.[22] The Kipferl can be made plain or with nut or other fillings (some consider the rugelach a form of Kipferl). The "birth" of the croissant itself – that is, its adaptation from the plainer form of Kipferl, before its subsequent evolution (to a puff pastry) – can be dated with some precision to at latest 1839 (some say 1838), when an Austrian artillery officer, August Zang, founded a Viennese Bakery ("Boulangerie Viennoise") at 92, rue de Richelieu in Paris.[23] This bakery, which served Viennese specialities including the Kipferl and the Vienna loaf, quickly became popular and inspired French imitators (and the concept, if not the term, viennoiserie, a 20th-century term for supposedly Vienna-style pastries). The French version of the Kipferl was named for its crescent (croissant) shape.
Croline A flaky (typically puff) pastry filled with various (traditionally) salty or spicy fillings. Normally the top side of the pastry is latticed. Both sweet and savory croline varieties exist.
Cronut United States A croissant-doughnut pastry attributed to New York City.
Croquembouche France A traditional dessert in French cuisine, its name comes from the French words croque en bouche, meaning 'crunch in the mouth'. A form of choux pastry that is generally served as a high-piled cone of chocolate, cream-filled profiteroles all bound together with threads of caramel. It is also decorated with sugared almonds, chocolate, flowers, or ribbons; sometimes also covered in macarons or ganache.[24][25] It is traditionally served during wedding reception.
Cuban pastry Cuba A baked puff pastry filled with sweet or savory fillings. Traditional fillings include cream cheese, guava, cheese, pineapple and coconut. The sweet fillings are made with sweetened fruit pulps.
Curry puff Malaysia, Thailand A Malaysian, Singaporean, and Thai snack. It is a small pie consisting of specialised curry with chicken and potatoes in a deep-fried or baked[26] pastry shell, and it looks like the Portuguese stuffed bread called Empanada. The curry is quite thick to prevent it from oozing out of the snack.
Dabby-Doughs Traditionally made using the remnants of the dough leftovers from making the pie, they can also be prepared in large amounts by simply making a batch of pastry dough. The filling of a dabby-dough typically consists of a mixture of cinnamon and white sugar sprinkled on butter or margarine, rolled, sliced and baked.
Danish pastry Denmark A sweet pastry, of Viennese origin, which has become a speciality of Denmark and neighboring Scandinavian countries. Called 'facturas' in Argentina and neighbouring countries (of which 'tortitas negras' are a type). Pictured is a pecan and maple Danish pastry
Djevrek Balkans A ring-shaped bread-pastry covered with sesame seeds. Typically consumed as a breakfast or snack dish.[27] Similar to simit.
Eccles cake United Kingdom (Eccles) A small, round cake filled with currants and made from flaky pastry with butter, which is sometimes topped with demerara sugar.
Éclair France (likely) An oblong pastry made with choux dough filled with a cream and topped with icing. The dough, which is the same as that used for profiterole, is typically piped into an oblong shape with a pastry bag and baked until it is crisp and hollow inside. Once cool, the pastry then is filled with a coffee- or chocolate-flavoured[28] pastry cream (crème pâtissière), custard, whipped cream, or chiboust cream; and iced with fondant icing.[28] The éclair probably originated in France during the nineteenth century.
Empanada A stuffed bread or pastry baked or fried in many countries in Western Europe, Latin America, and parts of Southeast Asia. The name comes from the Spanish verb empanar, meaning to wrap or coat in bread. Empanada is made by folding a dough or bread patty around the stuffing. The stuffing usually consists of a variety of meat, cheese, huitlacoche, vegetables or fruits, among others. Empanadas trace their origins to Galicia and Portugal.[29][30][31] They first appeared in mediaeval Iberia during the time of the Moorish invasions. A cookbook published in Catalan in 1520, the Libre del Coch by Ruperto de Nola, mentions empanadas filled with seafood among its recipes of Catalan, Italian, French, and Arabian food.[32][33] In turn, it is believed that empanadas and the similar calzones are both derived from the Indian meat-filled pies, samosas.[34]
Ensaïmada Spain (Majorca) A common cuisine eaten in most former Spanish territories in Latin America and the Philippines, prepared using strong flour, water, sugar, eggs, mother dough and a kind of reduced pork lard named saïm. In Ibiza there is a sweet called greixonera made with ensaimada pieces left over from the day before.[35]
Fa gao China A Chinese cupcake-type pastry made with rice flour and yeast, the batter is typically left to rest for fermentation (such as overnight) prior to being steam-cooked. Commonly consumed on the Chinese New Year.
Fazuelos Jewish (Sephardic) A fried thin dough made of flour and a large number of eggs. A traditional Jewish pastry, the Sephardic equivalent to the Ashkenazi hamantashen. They represent "Haman's ears" and they are usually eaten for Purim, although some families eat them at the end of Yom Kippur. Turkish Jews add brandy to the dough and Moroccan Jews eat them with cinnamon and syrup.
Fig roll Egypt (Ancient) An ancient Egyptian pastry, filled with fig paste. Pictured is a mass-produced product. Forerunner of the Fig Newton
Fish-shaped pastry Japan
South Korea
Commonly eaten pastries in Japan and South Korea, shaped to resemble a bream or an Asian carp and filled with red bean paste. For fish-shaped pastries in Japanese culture, see taiyaki, in Korean culture, see bungeoppang.
Flaky pastry In baking, a flaky pastry (also known as a "quick puff pastry" or "blitz puff pastry")[36] is a light, flaky, unleavened pastry, similar to a puff pastry. The main difference is that in a flaky pastry, large lumps of shortening (approximately 1-in./2½ cm. across), are mixed into the dough, as opposed to a large rectangle of shortening with a puff pastry.
Flaons Spain Flaons have different shapes, and fillings usually consist of some type of cheese, varying according to the location. Sweet flaons are usually sweetened with sugar, but honey was traditionally used more often. Historically the first recorded mention of these cakes is from 1252 and they are mentioned as well in Ramon Llull's book Blanquerna, written in 1283.
Flies graveyard United Kingdom "Flies Graveyard" or "Flies Cemetery" are nicknames used in various parts of the United Kingdom for sweet pastries filled with currants or raisins, which are the "flies" in the "graveyard" or "cemetery". The mixture is similar to sweet mince pies.
Franzbrötchen Germany (northern) Commonly found in northern Germany, especially Hamburg, Franzbrötchen is a small, sweet pastry, baked with butter and cinnamon. Sometimes other ingredients are used, such as chocolate or raisins.
Galette France Galette is a term used in French cuisine to designate various types of flat, round or freeform crusty cakes.
Gâteau Basque France (Basque region) Gâteau Basque is typically constructed from layers of an almond flour based cake with a filling of either pastry cream or preserved cherries.
Gibanica Balkans A traditional Balkan pastry dish, usually made with white cheese, now popular throughout the Balkans. Recipes can range from sweet to savory, and from very simple to festive and elaborate multi-layered cakes.
Gujiya India A traditional Indian pastry, typically prepared by filling a round, flat pastry with a sweet filling made of dried fruits, grated coconut and condensed milk solids. It is usually fried in ghee, and sometimes soaked in sugar syrup. It is popular in the northern part of India during the festival of Holi.
Gözleme Turkey A savory traditional Turkish handmade and hand-rolled pastry. Fresh pastry is rolled out, filled and sealed, then cooked over a griddle. Fillings include spinach, feta cheese, minced meat, egg and other foodstuffs.
Gulab jamun Pakistan (Punjab) Found in Pakistan and some parts of India. It is a ball of cornflour dipped in sugar syrup. Served hot, a common dish in Punjabi cuisine. Origins are from Faisalabad.
Gundain Tibet A pastry in Tibetan cuisine made from barley grain and yeast (fermented into a light barley beer), with tsampa, dry curd cheese, wild ginseng and brown sugar.[37] This pastry is often served during the Tibetan New Year and Losar as a starter.
Gustavus Adolphus pastry Sweden Pastry named for King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden, eaten every year on his memorial day, Gustavus Adolphus Day, 6 November. There are different recipes, but what they all have in common is a portrait of the king on top, made in chocolate or marzipan.
Gyeongju bread South Korea (Gyeongju City, Hwanghae) Gyeongju bread is a common name for what's also called "Hwangnam bread". The pastry is named after Hwanghae Province, the province of its origin, which was divided into the North and South Hwanghae Provinces in 1954. A local specialty of Gyeongju City, South Korea. A small pastry with a filling of red bean paste. Gyeongju bread was first baked in 1939 at a bakery in Hwangnam-dong in central Gyeongju. It has since become popular across the country and is produced by several different companies, all based in Gyeongju.
Haddekuche Germany (Frankfurt, Hesse) A traditional pastry made in Frankfurt, Hesse, Germany, it is typically a diamond-shaped gingerbread. The word "Haddekuche" means "hard cake". This is because it tends to dry relatively quickly and then become very hard.
Hamantash Jewish (Ashkenazi) A filled-pocket cookie or pastry in Ashkenazi Jewish cuisine recognizable for its three-cornered shape. They typically have a filling in the center. including poppy seed (the oldest and most traditional variety),[38] prunes, nut, date, apricot, apple, fruit preserves, cherry, chocolate, dulce de leche, halva, or even caramel or cheese.[39] Their formation varies from hard pastry to soft doughy casings.
Hellimli Cyprus A Cypriot savory pastry made with Halloumi cheese.
Heong Peng Malaysia Heong Peng resemble slightly flattened balls, contain a sweet sticky filling made from malt and shallots, which is covered by a flaky baked crust and garnished with sesame seeds on the surface. Popular with the Malaysian Chinese community, especially those in Northern Peninsular Malaysia.
Hot water crust pastry United Kingdom Hot water crust is a type of pastry used for savory pies, such as pork pies, game pies and, more rarely, steak and kidney pies. Hot water crust is traditionally used for making hand-raised pies. The pastry is made by heating water, melting the fat in this, bringing to the boil, and finally mixing with the flour. When baked, the crust acquires a rich, shiny, golden-brown exterior, which is fairly crisp and water-resistant. This allows the pies to be filled with a savoury jelly or gravy as they cool, often through a central hole in the crust made expressly for the purpose during raising.
Huff paste United Kingdom Huff paste was a cooking technique that involved making a stiff pie shell[40] or "coffin" using a mixture of flour, suet (raw beef or mutton fat), and boiling water. When cooked, a tough protective layer was created around the food inside. The pastry would often be discarded as it was virtually inedible.[41] Its main purpose was to create a solid container for the pie’s ingredients. A dish from Wiltshire called the Devizes Pie, is layered forcemeat or offal cooked under a huff paste.[42]
Inipit Philippines Inipit is a flat pastry made of flour, milk, lard, and sugar. Guiguinto, Bulacan is known for its inipit.
Jachnun Jewish (Yemen) A traditional Yemenite Jewish dish prepared from rolled dough which is baked on very low heat for about ten hours. The dough is rolled out thinly, brushed with shortening (traditionally, clarified butter or samneh), and rolled up, similar to puff pastry.[43] Pictured is Jachnun served with fresh grated tomato and skhug.
Jalebi South Asia A sweet popular in Persia and countries of the Indian Subcontinent such as India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bangladesh. It is made by deep-frying batter in pretzel or circular shapes, which are then soaked in syrup. They have a somewhat chewy texture with a crystallized sugary exterior coating. Citric acid or lime juice is sometimes added to the syrup, as well as rosewater or other flavours such as kewra water.
Jesuite France A triangular, flake pastry filled with frangipane cream and topped with sliced almonds and powdered sugar. The pastry originated in France and the name refers to the triangular shape of a Jesuit’s hat.[44]
Joulutorttu Finland A Christmas pastry that is traditionally made from puff pastry in the shape of a star or pinwheel and filled with prune jam and often dusted with icing sugar
Kalács Hungary A Hungarian sweet bread very similar to brioche, usually baked in a braided form, and traditionally considered an Easter food. Until the end of the 19th century, the preparation of kalács was similar to that of everyday bread; the difference was in the shape, and in the higher-quality flour used for the kalács. Nowadays kalács are prepared from a richer dough, and enriched with milk and eggs as well.[45] Kalács are baked in an oven or brick oven, sometimes directly on the stones of the brick oven, or on a baking sheet.
Kanafeh Middle East A Palestinian sweet made of very fine vermicelli-like pastry. It is sometimes known as shredded phyllo. Kenafeh, along with the closely related qata'if, is recorded in medieval Arab cookbooks from various regions.[46] It has also been a staple of the cuisines of the former Ottoman Empire in the Eastern Mediterranean. Several variations of the dish exist.
Kifli Slovakia, Hungary Diós kifli, mákos kifli, also known as Pozsonyi kifli are crescent shaped sweet leavened pastries filled with a sweet walnut (diós) or poppy (mákos) paste. (Pozsony was the Hungarian name of Bratislava during the Austro-Hungarian Empire). They are a variety of beigli, very similar in flavor but different in shape and size. Vaníliás kifli is a small soft cookie made from a dough of ground nuts, instead of flour. It is usually made with walnuts but almonds are more often used outside of Hungary. Once baked they are rolled in vanilla flavored confectioners' sugar before allowed to cool.
Klobasnek Czech A savory finger food of Czech origin.[47][48][49] A klobasnek is often thought to be a variation of the kolache (koláče); however, most Czechs hold the distinction that kolache are only filled with non-meat fillings. Klobasniky are similar in style to a pigs in a blanket or sausage roll, but wrapped in kolache dough.
Knieküchle Germany A traditional German fried dough pastry that is very popular in Old Bavaria, Franconia, Western Austria and Thuringia, typically made with yeast dough, but some recipes vary slightly; a common variation is the addition of raisins. The dough is then shaped in a way so it is very thin in the middle and thicker on the edges. They are then fried in boiling lard and dusted with confectioner's sugar. In Austria it is eaten with apricot marmalade. According to legend the name derives from the practice of baker women from Franconia that stretched the dough over their knees very thinly so they could read love letters through it.
Kolache Central Europe Holds a dollop of fruit rimmed by a puffy pillow of supple dough.[50] Originating as a semisweet wedding dessert from Central Europe, they have become popular in parts of the United States. The Polish version is the kołacz. The word kolache itself means 'a small cookie' in Macedonian.
Kołacz Poland A traditional Polish pastry, originally a wedding cake that has made its way into American homes around the Christmas and Easter holidays. The pastry is a light and flaky dough filled with a variety of sweet and savory fillings such as apricot, raspberry, prune, sweet cheese, poppy seed or even a nut mixture. The Polish pastry is made from a unique dough that combines cream cheese with butter and flour. Variants of the traditional Slavic pastry have found entrance into many Central and Eastern European cuisines.
Kouign-amann France (Brittany) A Breton cake containing layers of butter and sugar folded in, similar in fashion to puff pastry albeit with fewer layers. The sugar caramelizes during baking. The name derives from the Breton words for cake ("kouign") and butter ("amann").
Krempita Balkans A well-known dessert from the Balkans, specifically the former Yugoslavia. The dish is usually prepared with puff pastry dough.
Kringle Scandinavia A Scandinavian pastry, a Nordic variety of pretzel, which arrived with Roman Catholic monks in the 13th century, especially in Denmark. It developed further into several kinds of sweet, salty or filled pastries. The word originates from the Old Norse kringla, meaning ring or circle.
Kroštule Croatia A traditional pastry from Dalmatia and Istria, made by deep frying the prepared dough.
Kūčiukai Lithuania A traditional Lithuanian pastry served on Kūčios, the traditional Christmas Eve dinner in Lithuania. They are small slightly sweet pastries made from leavened dough and poppy seeds. There are variations in sweetness, and though usually served soaked in poppy seed milk, they are also eaten without it.
Kürtőskalács Transylvania Also known as "chimney cake", "stove cake", or "Hungarian wedding cake", baked on a tapered cylindrical spit over an open fire. Kürtőskalács originated from Transylvania.[51] The dough is yeast-raised, flavored with sweet spices, the most common being cinnamon, topped with walnuts or almonds, and sugar. The sugar is caramelized on the kürtöskalács surface, creating a sweet, crisp crust.
Ladies' navels Turkey Ladies' navels (kadın göbeği) are balls of choux pastry which are given a dimple, deep-fried and then soaked in syrup. Other Turkish pastries have sensuous names such as young girls' breasts (kız memesi) and lips of the beauty (dilber dudağı).[52][53]
Lattice A pastry used in a criss-crossing pattern of strips in the preparation of various foods. Latticed pastry is used as a type of lid on many various tarts and pies. The openings between the lattice allows fruit juices in pie fillings to evaporate during the cooking process, which can caramelize the filling.[54] Pictured is a strawberry-rhubarb pie with lattice pastry.
Leipziger Lerche Germany A pastry of Leipzig, Germany, the name originates from the singing bird lark (German:Lerche), which was roasted with herbs and eggs or served as a filling in pastries. In the year 1720 alone, 400,000 larks were sold in Leipzig as a delicacy.[55] A typical version consists of a shortcrust filled with a mixture of crushed almonds, nuts and a cherry. The cherry symbolises the heart of the bird. It is topped with a grid of two crossed dough strips. The term Leipziger Lerche has been protected by the saxonian bakery guild since 2004.
Linzer torte Austria A torte with a lattice design on top of the pastry,[56] named after the city of Linz, Austria. A very short, crumbly pastry made of flour, unsalted butter, egg yolks, lemon zest, cinnamon and lemon juice, and ground nuts, usually hazelnuts, but even walnuts or almonds are used, covered with a filling of redcurrant jam or, alternatively, plum butter, thick raspberry,[57] or apricot jam.
Lotus seed bun China A Chinese pastry found in China, prepared by steaming a yeast-based dough and contain a lotus seed filling.[58] It can be classified as a dim sum, though not exclusively so.
Ma'amoul Middle East Ma'amoul are small shortbread pastries filled with dates, pistachios or walnuts (or occasionally almonds, figs, or other fillings). They are popular in Levantine cuisine and in the Persian Gulf countries. They may be in the shape of balls or of domed or flattened cookies.
Macarons France These delicate little bites of heaven have a debated origin but the earliest form of modern macaron was baked in France in the 1800s. French macarons are made by a mixture of almond flour and confectioners' sugar into a meringue of stiffly beaten egg whites and tinted with a few drops of food coloring in the shape of little disks. They are usually filled with a buttercream, gnache, or curd. Known for its smooth skin, ruffled feet, and delicate texture.
Makroudh North Africa A pastry of Tunisian origin eaten in North African countries such as Tunisia, Algeria and in some parts of Libya. Makroudh are often filled with dates or almonds.[59]
Malsouka North Africa A Tunisian pastry.[60] Sheets of malsouqa are usually sold in stacks wrapped in cellophane. Malsouqa are used to make samsa and brik (a Tunisian savory pastry), in addition to dishes with a variety of other fillings.
Mandelkubb Sweden A Swedish pastry with almond as the main ingredient, mixed with flour, sugar, eggs and baker's ammonia.
Mantecadas Spain province of León, as well as the nearby Maragateria comarca. They taste very much like pound cake. Pictured are commercial mantecadas.
Marillenknödel Central Europe A pastry found in the traditional Bohemian and Viennese cuisines. "Marillen" is the Austrian term for apricots and this pastry is found predominantly in areas where apricot orchards are common. Examples of such areas would include the Wachau and Vinschgau. Small dumplings are formed from dough, in which apricots are placed. The dumplings are then boiled and covered in streusel and powdered sugar. The dough is usually made of potato but is also made from "Topfenteig" (quark cheese).
Marry girl cake China Also known as "Dowry cake," a traditional Chinese pastry that was once a ceremonial cake used as wedding gifts in the traditional Chinese wedding ceremony, hence the name. Today, this cake is known more as a classic Chinese pastry rather than a wedding gift because it has lost most of its original significance due to cultural change. Essentially a lightly sweetened sponge cake that may take any number of shapes or appearances, and is considered large compared to the size of most pastries.
Masan Tibet A pastry in Tibetan cuisine made with tsampa, dry cubic or curd cheese, yak butter, brown sugar and water.[61]
Miguelitos Spain (La Roda, in Castile-La Mancha) Pastry-cake prepared from soft puff pastry, filled with a creamy custard and covered with powdered sugar
Milhoja A dessert made with stacked layers of puff pastry[62] filled with arequipe; a creamy mix of condensed milk, sugar, and vanilla; or sometimes white chocolate.
Milk-cream strudel Central Europe A traditional Viennese strudel, a popular pastry in Austria and in many countries in Europe that once belonged to the Austro-Hungarian empire (1867–1918). The milk-cream strudel is an oven-baked pastry dough stuffed with a sweet bread, raisin and cream filling and served in the pan with hot vanilla sauce.[63]
Mille-feuille France The mille-feuille (French pronunciation: ​, "thousand sheets"),[64] vanilla slice, cream slice, custard slice, also known as the Napoleon or Kremschnitt, is a pastry originating in France. Traditionally, a mille-feuille is made up of three layers of puff pastry (pâte feuilletée), alternating with two layers of pastry cream (crème pâtissière), but sometimes whipped cream, or jam are substituted. The top pastry layer is dusted with confectioner's sugar, and sometimes cocoa, or pulverized nuts (e.g. roasted almonds). Alternatively the top is glazed with icing or fondant in alternating white (icing) and brown (chocolate) stripes, and combed.
Mooncake China A Chinese bakery product traditionally eaten during the Mid-Autumn Festival / Zhongqiu Festival. The festival is for lunar worship and moon watching, when mooncakes are regarded as an indispensable delicacy. Typically round or rectangular pastries. A rich thick filling usually made from red bean or lotus seed paste is surrounded by a thin (2–3 mm) crust and may contain yolks from salted duck eggs. Mooncakes are usually eaten in small wedges accompanied by Chinese tea.
Moorkop Netherlands Consists of a profiterole (cream puff) filled with whipped cream. The top of the profiterole is glazed with white or dark chocolate. Often there is whipped cream on the top, with a slice of tangerine or a piece of pineapple.
Muskazine Austria A rich Austrian cake made from almonds, spices, sugar, flour, eggs and jam. It is traditionally eaten at Christmas time, often accompanying a glass of sweet dessert wine.
Nazook Armenia Also spelled nazouk or nazuk, it is a crisp, but soft, and buttery, sweet, but not too sweet, pastry made with flour, butter, sugar, sour cream, yeast, vanilla extract and eggs for the wash. After the dough is made, it is refrigerated, then rolled out flat, covered in a spread made of flour, sugar, vanilla and butter, kind of like a streusel topping, rolled up into a long skinny loaf shape. The strip is washed with egg wash, cut into sections and then baked.
Nun's puffs France Made from butter, milk, flour, sugar, eggs and sometimes honey,[65] recipes call for pan frying (traditionally in lard), re-frying and then baking, or baking straight away.[66][67]
Nunt Jewish A pastry originating from Jewish cuisine and vaguely resembles nougat. The pastry is predominantly served at the Jewish celebration of Purim, where self-made sweets are customarily given to neighbours and friends. Nunt is traditionally made from dark forest honey, which is cooked along with sugar and then mixed with coarsely cut walnuts. The result is placed on a smooth, wet board or an oiled marble plate, left to cool, and then cut into small rhombic-shaped pieces.
Öçpoçmaq Russia (Tatar) Sometimes known as treugolnik (треугольник) among the Russian population, a Tatar national dish ,and an essential food in Tatar culture. Usually, öçpoçmaq is a triangular pastry, filled with minced beef, onion and potatoes. Öçpoçmaq is eaten with bouillon or with tea.
Ox-tongue pastry China A Chinese fried dough food that is elliptical in shape and resembles an ox tongue. The pastry texture is chewy, with a soft interior and a crunchy crust.
Pain au chocolat France "Chocolate bread", also called a chocolatine in southern France and in French Canada, is a French pastry consisting of a cuboid-shaped piece of yeast-leavened laminated dough, similar to puff pastry, with one or two pieces of chocolate in the centre.
Pain aux raisins France Typically a variant on the croissant or pain au chocolat, made with a leavened butter pastry, with raisins added, shaped in a spiral with a crème pâtissière filling. Known in Australia as an "escargot", a member of the pâtisserie viennoise family of baked foods.
Palmier Europe A "palm tree" (French: palmier) or "elephant ear",[68] palmiers are a German, Spanish, French, Italian, Jewish, and Portuguese pastry (among other cuisines, like those of the former Spanish colonies in the Americas) formed in a palm or butterfly shape. Made using puff pastry, sugar and sometimes honey.
Pan dulce Latin America (literally "sweet bread"), pan dulce is one of a common treat in Mexico and other Latin American countries.
Panzarotti Italy (central and southern) Filled, savory pastries, different forms of which are popular in Italy, Canada, and the United States. Panzerotti originated in central and southern Italy, especially in Apulia. They are small versions of the calzone or closed pizza, but produced with a softer dough. The most common fillings are tomato and mozzarella, but spinach, mushrooms, baby corn, and ham are often used. The dish has many variations.
Papanași Romania A Papanași is a Romanian traditional fried pastry resembling a small sphere, usually filled with a soft cheese such as urdă and cherry or morello jam. Pictured is Papanași with sour cherries (morello) and powdered sugar.
Paper wrapped cake China Chinese pastry, one of the most standard pastries served in Hong Kong. It can also be found in most Chinatown bakery shops overseas. In essence, it is a chiffon cake baked in a paper cup.
Paris–Brest France Made of choux pastry and a praline flavoured cream. It was created in 1891 to commemorate the Paris–Brest–Paris bicycle race.[69] Its circular shape is representative of a wheel. It became popular with riders on the Paris–Brest cycle race, partly because of its energy-giving high calorific value, and is now found in pâtisseries all over France [1].
Pastel Latin America A name given to different typical dishes of many countries of Hispanic or Portuguese origin. For example, In Brazil, a pastel is a typical fast food Brazilian dish, consisting of thin pastry envelopes wrapped around assorted fillings, then deep fried in vegetable oil. Pictured is a Brazilian pastel.
Pastizz Malta A savory pastry from Malta, pastizzi usually have a filling either of ricotta or of mushy peas, and are called pastizzi tal-irkotta, "cheesecakes", or pastizzi tal-piżelli, "peacakes", accordingly.[70][71] Pastizzi are a popular and well-known Maltese food. Pictured are two varieties of Maltese pastizzi.
Pastry heart United States (Buffalo, New York area) A regional dessert item found in the Buffalo, New York area.[72][73] The pastry heart is a heart shaped flaky puff pastry, similar to a palmier or palm leaves pastry, that is usually topped with a white sugar icing that has a hard shell but is soft on the inside.[72][74]
Pâté Chaud Vietnam A puff pastry in Vietnamese cuisine, its name means "hot pie" in French. The pastry is made of a light layered and flaky exterior with a meat filling. Traditionally, the filling consists of a pork meat, but today, chicken and beef are commonly used.
Pecan pie United States (southern) Pecan pie is primarily composed of corn syrup or molasses and pecans, in a pastry pie crust. Tradition holds that the French invented pecan pie soon after settling in New Orleans, after being introduced to the nut by Native Americans. Attempts to trace the dish's origin, however, have not found any recipes dated earlier than 1897,[75] and well-known cookbooks such as Fannie Farmer and The Joy of Cooking did not include it before 1940.[76] The makers of Karo syrup popularized the dish and many of its recipes.
Phyllo Middle East, Balkans Paper-thin sheets of unleavened flour dough used for making pastries. Phyllo is often used in Middle Eastern and Balkan cuisine. Pictured is Baklava made with the dough. An early, thick form of phyllo appears to be of Central Asian Turkic origin.[77][78] May also be spelt as "Filo pastry"; this is quite a common spelling for this form of pastry in the United Kingdom.
Pie A pie is a baked dish which is usually made of a pastry dough casing that covers or completely contains a filling of various sweet or savory ingredients. Pictured is a homemade meat pie. For an extensive list of pies, see: List of pies, tarts and flans.
Pineapple bun China A sweet pastry popular in Hong Kong, Macau, and some other areas in southern China including Guangzhou and Shenzen, and also in various Chinese communities around the world. The top of the pineapple bun (shaped to resemble a pineapple) is made of a dough similar to that used to make sugar cookies, which consists of sugar, eggs, flour, and lard. As such, it is crunchy and is quite sweet compared to the bread underneath. The bread dough underneath is the same used in Chinese style Western breads, which is a softer and sweeter dough compared to Western breads. Usually contains no actual pineapple.
Pionono Hispanic May refer to several varieties of pastry popular in Spain, Latin America and The Philippines. Pictured are pionono in Málaga, Spain.
Pithivier France., commonly assumed as from the town of Pithiviers (Pithiviers in French) is a round, enclosed pie usually made by baking two disks of puff pastry, with filling stuffed in between. It has the appearance of a hump and is traditionally decorated with spiral lines drawn from the top outwards with the point of a knife, and scalloping the edge. The filling is always placed as a lump in the middle of the bottom dough layer, rather than spread on it, because it would then liquefy and leak during baking. The pie is traditionally finished with a distinct shine to the top of the crust, by egg-washing beforehand, or by caramelising a dusting of confectioner's sugar at the end of baking, or both. Whilst the filling of the Pithivier is often a sweet frangipane of almond paste, (optionally combined with fruit such as cherry or plum), savory pies with a meat or cheese filling can also be termed as a Pithivier.
Plăcintă Romania Plăcintă[79] is a Romanian traditional pastry resembling a thin, small round or square-shaped cake, usually filled with a soft cheese such as Urdă or apples.
Pogača Balkans Puff pastry eaten in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovenia, Republic of Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro, Hungary (see pogácsa) and Turkey (where it is called poğaça) with variations. It is called pogatschen in Austria. Pogača is sometimes served hot as an appetizer instead of bread. Hot pogača filled with sour cream (or feta cheese in Turkey and Bulgaria) is considered a particularly delicious specialty.
Poppy seed roll Central Europe Roll of sweet yeast bread (a viennoiserie) with a dense, rich, bittersweet filling of poppy seed. A popular cuisine in parts of Central Europe, Eastern Europe and in Israel. An alternative filling is a paste of minced walnuts, making it a walnut roll.
Pot pie United States Baked savory pie with a bottom and top completely encased by flaky crusts and baked inside a pie tin to support its shape. This is in contrast to the Australian meat pie and many British regional variants on pie recipes, which may have a top of flaky pastry, but whose body is made from heavier, more mechanically stable shortcrust, hot water crust or similar pastry. The pot pie is a variation of the pasty. Many varieties of pot pies exist.
Prekmurska gibanica Slovenia Gibanica or layered cake that includes a thinly-rolled pastry dough in its preparation. It originated in the region of Prekmurje, Slovenia.[80] It contains poppy seeds, walnuts, apples, raisins, and ricotta fillings. Although native to Prekmurje, it has achieved the status of a national speciality of Slovenia. It is also popular in northern Croatia.
Pretzel Europe Baked dough in soft and hard varieties and savory or sweet flavors in a unique knot-like shape, originating in Europe. The pretzel shape is a distinctive symmetrical looped form, with the ends of a long strip of dough intertwine brought together and then twisted back onto itself in a certain way ("a pretzel loop"). Sweet pastry pretzels exist with many various textures, toppings and coatings.
Profiterole France Known as a "cream puff" in the United States, a profiterole is a choux pastry ball filled with whipped cream, pastry cream, or ice cream. This treat is typically very sweet. The puffs may be decorated or left plain or garnished with chocolate sauce, caramel, or a dusting of powdered sugar.
Puff pastry Europe In baking, a puff pastry is a light, flaky, leavened pastry containing several layers of fat which is in solid state at 20 °C (68 °F). In raw form, puff pastry is a dough which is spread with solid fat and repeatedly folded and rolled out (never mashed, as this will destroy layering) and used to produce various pastries. It is sometimes called a "water dough" or détrempe.
Punsch-roll Sweden A Swedish, small cylindrical pastry covered with green marzipan with the ends dipped in chocolate, with an interior consisting of a mix of crushed cookies, butter, and cacao, flavoured with punsch liqueur. The Dutch variant is called a mergpijpje, and is cream-colored instead of green. Often called dammsugare ("vacuum cleaner"), referring not only to its appearance, but also to the supposed practice of the pastry baker collecting crumbs from the day's cookies for filling. Other names are arraksrulle (as arrak is an ingredient in punsch) and "150-ohmer" (due to the brown-green-brown coloring). In Denmark these treats are known as Træstammer ("Wooden logs"), the interior cacao-paste is flavoured with rum and the marzipan is usually not coloured.
Punschkrapfen Austria Translated in English as "punch cake", a classical confection of pastry with a rum flavor. It is similar to the French pastry, the petit four. Commonly available in pastry shops and bakeries in Austria. It is a cake filled with cake crumbs, nougat chocolate, apricot jam and then soaked with rum.
Qottab Iran An almond-filled deep-fried Persian cake,[81] prepared with flour, almonds, powdered sugar, vegetable oil, and cardamom. The city of Yazd is well known for its qottab.
Quesito Puerto Rico A cheese-filled pastry twist from Puerto Rico.[82] The cheese is usually whipped with vanilla, eggs, and sugar. The cheese can also be whipped with guava, papaya and other tropical fruit preserves. The mixture is stuffed into a dough that resembles puff pastry, coated in a sugary caramelized syrup, and baked.
Rab cake Croatia A traditional Croatian cake which originates from the Adriatic island of Rab. Its main ingredients are almonds and Maraschino liqueur. Traditionally baked in the shape of a spiral, although today several shapes are popular. It is also a very popular souvenir because it has a shelf life of about two months.
Remonce Denmark A Danish pastry filling or topping made from creamed butter and sugar, sometimes flavored with cinnamon, marzipan or nuts.[83][84][85]
Reuzenbol Netherlands A Dutch pastry similar to a giant profiterole, or a larger version of a Bossche bol.
Rhubarb tart England Consists of a pastry crust and are filled with rhubarb.
Roti tissue Malaysia Also known as "roti tisu" or "tissue prats", one of the more-creative-looking Malaysian Mamak foods. It is also known as "roti helikopter" (helicopter bread). Roti tissue is a thinner version of the traditional roti canai, as thin as a piece of 40–50 cm round-shaped tissue. The finishing touches to the making of roti tissue require skill, and they depend on the creativity of the maker. Pictured: Roti tissue, and a glass of Teh tarik
Roze koek Netherlands (English for "pink cake"), roze koek is a typical Dutch pastry that consists of a small flat cake with a layer of pink fondant. The most well-known brand is Glacé.
Rugelach Jewish (Ashkenazi) A Jewish pastry of Ashkenazic origin. A more probable origin is that of its Eastern European (Romanian) traditional pastry counterpart called Cornulete. Traditional rugelach are made in the form of a crescent by rolling a triangle of dough around a filling.[86][87] Some sources state that the rugelach and the French croissant share a common Viennese ancestor, crescent-shaped pastries commemorating the lifting of the Turkish siege in 1793[88] (this could be a reference to the Battle of Vienna in 1683). This appears to be an urban legend however, as both the rugelach and its supposed ancestor (the Kipfel or Kipferl) pre-date the Early Modern era, and the croissant in its modern form did not originate earlier than the 19th century (see viennoiserie).
Runeberg's torte Finland A Finnish pastry flavored with almonds and rum or arrack and it usually weighs about 100 grams. There is usually raspberry jam in a sugar ring on the tart. The torte got its name from the Finnish poet Johan Ludvig Runeberg (1804–1877) who, according to legend, enjoyed the torte with punsch for every breakfast.
Sad cake United Kingdom (Lancashire) Similar to the Chorley cake, sad cakes are made using a similar recipe and have origins in East Lancashire, England. Sad cake is often up to 12 inches (30 cm) in diameter, as opposed to the Chorley cake being 3 to 5 inches (8 to 12 cm) and is made by rolling out the pastry and dropping raisins and or currants evenly over the pastry then folding in on several sides and then rolling out again to the required size, usually round but can be square.
Samosa Middle East A fried or baked pastry with a savory filling such as spiced potatoes, onions, peas, lentils, ground lamb or chicken. The size, shape and consistency may vary, but many versions are triangular. Samosas are often accompanied by chutney.[89] Samosas are a popular appetizer or snack in the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, Central Asia and Southwest Asia, the Arabian Peninsula, the Mediterranean, the Horn of Africa, North Africa, and South Africa.
Schaumrolle Austria An Austrian confection, they consist of a cone or tube of pastry, often filled with whipped cream
Schnecken Germany Schnecken were a traditional Saturday morning treat in German homes at the beginning of the 20th century, and was also commonly found in the Jewish immigrant communities in the Philadelphia and Baltimore areas of the United States. The name schnecken means snails in English and refers to the shape of the pastry. Schnecken are commonly confused with rugelach, another German pastry that is different in two respects: (1) Schnecken dough is made with sour cream, while rugelach is made with cream cheese; and (2) Schnecken are rolled and sliced, whereas rugelach are formed from individual triangles of dough.
Schneeball Germany Made from shortcrust pastry, they are especially popular in the area of German town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber (Bavaria). Its name (German for "snowball") derives from its round ball-like shape with a diameter of about eight to ten centimeters and the traditional decoration with confectioner's sugar. The main ingredients are flour, eggs, sugar, butter, cream and plum schnaps. To give it the characteristic shape the dough is rolled out and cut with a dough cutter into even strips. The strips are then arranged alternately over and under a stick, or the handle of a wooden spoon. Eventually the stick is lifted and slowly removed while the dough stripes are formed into a loose ball. Using a special holder called a Schneeballeneisen in order to retain the shape, the ball is deep-fried in boiling fat until golden brown, and finally dusted with confectioner's sugar while still warm.
Schuxen Germany A popular pastry in Upper Bavaria, Schuxen is an elongate fried dough pastry made from rye flour and yeast. Similar to Krapfen with the difference that it isn't sweet. Nowadays they are rare, and few bakers produce them.
Semla Sweden The oldest version of the semla was a plain bread bun, eaten in a bowl of warm milk. In Swedish this is known as hetvägg, from Middle Low German hete Weggen (hot wedges) or German heisse Wecken (hot buns) and falsely interpreted as "hotwall".[90][91][92]

Today, the Swedish-Finnish semla[93] consists of a cardamom-spiced wheat bun which has its top cut off and insides scooped out, and is then filled with a mix of the scooped-out bread crumbs, milk and almond paste, topped with whipped cream. The cut-off top serves as a lid and is dusted with powdered sugar. Some people still eat it in a bowl of hot milk.

Sfenj North Africa A Moroccan, Algerian and Tunisian doughnut, cooked in oil. Sfenjs are eaten sprinkled with sugar or soaked in honey. Sfenj is an Arabic word ("isfenj") which means "sponge".
Sfogliatelle Italy Sfogliatelle are shell shaped filled pastries native to Italian cuisine. "Sfogliatelle" means "many leaves/layers," the pastry's texture resembling leaves stacked on each other. Filling recipes also vary; some examples are an orange-flavored ricotta filling, almond paste or candied peel of citron. Italian-American bakeries, especially in the New York City area, created a cousin pastry to the sfogliatelle in the 1900s called a "lobster tail" or "egg plant" version. The pastry has the same outside as sfogliatelle, but instead of the ricotta filling, there is a French cream, similar to whipped cream inside.
Shortcrust pastry Europe Often used for the base of a tart, quiche or pie. It does not puff up during baking because it usually contains no leavening agent. It is possible to make shortcrust pastry with self-raising flour, however. Shortcrust pastry can be used to make both sweet and savory pies.
Sou China Dried flaky Chinese pastry found in a variety of Chinese cuisines. In dim sum restaurants, char siu sou (叉燒酥) is the most common version available. Other varieties may include century egg and lotus seed paste. These are commonly found in Hong Kong or Singapore in Asia. They may occasionally be found in some overseas Chinatowns. In Shanghai cuisine, a number of dried varieties are available, such as peanut sou (花生酥), green bean sou (綠豆酥) or walnut sou (核桃酥). People often buy them for souvenirs in boxed forms.
Spanakopita Greece A Greek savory pastry is in the burek family of pastries. It typically consists of a filling of chopped spinach, feta cheese (sometimes in combination with ricotta cheese, as it is less expensive, and adds creaminess), onions or scallions, egg, and seasoning.[94] The filling is wrapped or layered in phyllo (filo) pastry with butter and/or olive oil, either in a large pan from which individual servings are cut, or rolled into individual triangular servings (see burek).
Stollen Germany A fruit cake containing dried fruit and covered with sugar, powdered sugar or icing sugar. The cake is usually made with chopped candied fruit and/or dried fruit, nuts and spices. Stollen is a traditional German cake, usually eaten during the Christmas season, when called Weihnachtsstollen or Christstollen. A similar but much lighter cake, found in Dutch cuisine, is called a Kerststol in Dutch, whilst in Italian cuisine the panettone also shows a likeness.
Streusel Germany In baking and pastry making, streusel is a crumb topping prepared with butter, flour, and sugar that is baked on top of muffins, breads, pies, cakes (e.g. Streuselkuchen) and crumbles. Some modern recipes add spices and chopped nuts. Although the topping is of German origin, it is sometimes referred to as Danish or Swedish. Pictured is a caramel-apple cheesecake bar with streusel topping.
Strudel Central Europe Layered pastry, typically with a sweet filling inside. Often served with cream. Strudel became well known and gained popularity in the 18th century through the Habsburg Empire. Pictured is a pecan strudel. See also - Apple strudel; Milk-cream strudel
Stutenkerl Germany Part of the Saint Nicholas tradition in the German speaking countries. Made of Stuten, sweet leavened dough, in the form of a man (Kerl is German for 'lad' or 'fellow'). Stutenkerl is available usually around Saint Nicholas' Day, December 6, but in parts of the Rhineland already at Saint Martin's Day in November. The pastry often has inserted raisins and a clay pipe. This pipe may have to do with the Protestant Reformation, to make the originally Catholic bishop figure more secular.
Sufganiyah Israel A ball-shaped doughnut that is first deep-fried, then pierced and injected with jelly or custard, and then topped with powdered sugar. Widely consumed in Israel in the weeks leading up to and including the Hanukkah holiday.[95]

The same type of deep-fried bun is a traditional pastry in German speaking countries and has diverse names. There, it is traditionally consumed on New Year's Eve and the carnival holidays. In Denmark they are wellknown as Berliner van kuchen or just Berliner.

Sweetheart cake China (Guangdong) A traditional Chinese pastry with flaky and thin skin made with winter melon, almond paste, and sesame, and spiced with five spice powder (Chinese spice blend of fennel seed, star anise, licorice root and cloves).[96]
Toast'em Pop Ups A pastry brand that was produced by Schulze and Burch Biscuit Company in 1964.[97]
Toaster pastry United States Designed to be safely heated in a toaster, toaster pastries are a convenience food. Most toaster pastries have a fruit filling, but some contain dessert-like fillings such as chocolate or cinnamon. The Pop-Tarts brand of toaster pastries is an example of a mass-produced product widely available in the United States.
Torpil Torpil or Külah Turkey (Balkans) Typically torpedo or cone-shaped, stuffed with cream, dispersed to the Balkans during the Ottoman period. Also known as külah
Tortell Spain (Catalonia) Typically O-shaped, stuffed with marzipan, and on some special occasions is topped with glazed fruit. It is traditionally eaten on January 6 (Epiphany), at the conclusion of the Twelve Days of Christmas.
Tortita negra Spain Translated in English as "Little black pastry", a Spanish dessert which is flat at its base and round on the sides. They are eaten in Argentina, Colombia and Venezuela, and are a popular food at children's parties.[98]
Trdelník Central Europe A traditional cake and sweet pastry, known from Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary (under a different name), originally probably coming from Székely Land, Transylvania, which is home of the Székely Hungarians. It is made from rolled dough, wrapped around a stick, then grilled and topped with sugar and walnut mix.
Tu Tibet Cheese cake, prepared with yak butter, brown sugar and water, made into a pastry.[61]
Turnover Made by placing a filling on a piece of dough, folding the dough over, and sealing it. Turnovers can be sweet or savory and are often made as a sort of portable meal or dessert, similar to a sandwich. Pictured is a sweet turnover made from puff pastry.
Utap Philippines An oval-shaped puff pastry, especially common in Cebu, where it originated. It usually consists of a combination of flour, shortening, coconut, and sugar. In order to achieve the texture of the pastry, it must undergo a two-stage baking process.
Vatrushka Eastern Europe Ring of dough and cottage cheese in the middle, often with raisins or bits of fruit
Vetkoek South Africa A traditional Afrikaner pastry, it consists of dough deep-fried in cooking oil and either filled with cooked mince (ground beef) or spread with syrup, honey, or jam.
Viennoiserie France Viennoiserie (French etymological sense: 'things of Vienna') are baked goods made from a yeast-leavened dough in a manner similar to bread, or from puff pastry, but with added ingredients (particularly eggs, butter, milk, cream and sugar) giving them a richer, sweeter character. The dough is often layered. Examples include: croissants; Vienna bread and its French equivalent, pain viennois, often shaped into baguettes; brioche; pain au chocolat; pain au lait; pain aux raisins; chouquettes; Danish pastries; bugnes; and chausson aux pommes, the French style of apple turnover.
Vol-au-vent France (Paris) French for "windblown" to describe its lightness, it is a small hollow case of puff pastry. It has been claimed to have been invented by Antonin Carême in his pastry-shop opened in Rue de la Paix, France in 1803–04.[99] But the pastry is mentioned at least as far back as 1797;[100] its origin then is obscure. Vols-au-vent are typically made by cutting two circles in rolled out puff pastry, cutting a hole in one of them, then stacking the ring-shaped piece on top of the disc-shaped piece.[101]
Yurla Tibet Wheat pastry with butter, particularly common in Nyainrong County in northern Tibet.[61]
Zeeuwse bolus Jewish (Sephardic) Sweet pastry from the Dutch province of Zeeland, made by baking a type of dough in a spiral shape and then covered with treacle and cinnamon.
Zlebia North Africa A version of the South Asian jalebi (qv) found in areas of north and northwest Africa such as Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya. Natural ingredients include flour, yeast, yoghurt, and sugar. This is then mixed with water and cardamom.

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External links

  • Pastry – entry at Encyclopædia Britannica
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