Every country has one (or more!) iconic sweet breads that are part of defining the culture. Today we'll tour the world, sampling these deliciously memorable treats that locals love with their cuppa, meal. or snack. We'll also provide a recipe for each one so you can enjoy them, too! There are so many delicious sweet breads, we can't include them all, but we'll stop on every continent.
Sopaipillas - Sopaipillas are a traditional fried dough snack enjoyed in several countries in Latin America. Extremely popular, they are eaten at home, and found at street vendors, festivals, and restaurants. Here is a recipe for a traditional Chilean version, which adds pumpkin or squash to the dough, giving a slightly sweet flavor and moist, tender texture.
Bush Damper - The traditional bread of the Indigenous Australian Aboriginal people, Bush Damper, or Bush Bread, has survived generations as a staple diet for the nomadic lifestyle. Easy to make, cook and transport, damper was originally made with flour from the Lomandra Longifolia plant and cooked over an open fire. It is a dense filling bread that can serve both sweet and savory additions. Make some yourself using this recipe.
Pani Popo - This unique sweet bread consists of buns baked in a sweet and sticky coconut cream sauce. Served in shallow bowls spooned over with more sauce, and accompanied by a hot beverage on the side, often Samoan cocoa, it's easy to see why they are the national dish of Samoa. Here's a recipe to try.