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The writing prompts invite postcrossers to write about a different topic on their postcard’s messages every month. These are just suggestions though — if you already know what you want to write about, or the recipient gives you some pointers, that’s great too!

December is a sweet month in many countries, which got us thinking… what are some traditional desserts from your country? If we visited today, what would you serve us as a treat after lunch or perhaps mid-afternoon, with tea?

In December, write about your country’s sweet desserts.
Pão de ló

Portugal’s confectioneries are numerous and legendary… but sometimes the simplest pleasures are the nicest ones, is it not?

Traditionally made with just 3 ingredients, “Pão de ló” is a fluffy cake you’ll find mostly in the north of the country… but also in places like Japan where it was taken to in the 16th century by Portuguese merchants. Similar to sponge cake, it is most delicious when made “wet” by undercooking, so that it can be eaten with a spoon. And as with most cakes and sweets around here, it takes a ton of eggs to make, which is why all our sweets are very yellow. :)

What about your country? What are those special desserts everyone should try? Share them in the postcards you send this month… and in the comments as well, so that we can make a list of delicious stuff to try when we visit your country! 😋

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32 comments so far

ALFAVIT, Russia
I love cream cake. I don’t know how my wife cooks it, but the taste is “Tongue Swallow”)))
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a_n_n_e, Germany
Vanillekipferl :-) my one and only Christmas cookies - made the first ones yesterday and they taste better and better every advent day...
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dougmv214, United States of America
My favorite pie is Buttermilk Chess Pie:
Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
5 large eggs, lightly beaten
2/3 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 unbaked pie crust
In This Recipe
Directions
Heat oven to 350. Combine sugar and flour in a large bowl. Add eggs and buttermilk, stirring until blended. Stir in melted butter and vanila and pour into unbaked pie crust.
Bake at 350 for 45 minutes or until set. Cool on a wire rack at least an hour before serving. Store leftovers, well-wrapped in refrigerator.
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fishwoman, United States of America
That dessert sounds good and the Buttermilk Chess Pie too. Thanks for putting the recipe up, i might make it today for company. I have a" sweet tooth', so have a hard time picking my favorite, will have to post the choice abd recipe later,
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Gen24, United States of America
I love baking and I think desserts truly make someone happy. :) I really love a nice vanilla layer cake that is moist with yummy fluffy icing. Some coconut wouldn't be a bad thing either! :)
So excited about this months prompt. Thanks a bunch, Postcrossing!
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Gen24, United States of America
Apple pie is a definite American favorite as well, though many already know the saying, "As American as apple pie." ;)
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PanDa8, China
Glutinous rice dumplings, a layer of glutinous rice wrapped in sesame paste, super delicious is a symbol of reunion.
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lilacs-and-figs, United Kingdom
This writing prompt is fantastic ♥
Some British classics: Dundee cake, Battenburg cake, scones with Cornish clotted cream and strawberry jam, Eton mess, and English trifle.

I look forward to hearing about some wonderful international desserts. Douglas, thank you for that recipe! ;) And Anne, I adore kipferl too.
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meral1, Turkey
Ingredients of the recipe recipe

2, 5 cups of sugar

1 cup water

Lemon salt

2 bowls of flour

Ice Molds

Preparation of the recipe

2, 5 cups of sugar 1 cup of water and start to boil by mixing.

On the other hand, we take 2 bowls of flour to our pan and roast.

In order to understand that the sherbet, which is boiling, takes 1/2 consistency of cold water to get the consistency of paste.

In the meantime, we throw lemon salt and butter on our tray, we put the ice molds under the tray and mix it with the help of wooden spoon.

When it comes to the consistency of putty we take it.

We pour it on a table or a counter that we had prepared before.

We make a putty ring and put it in the flour.

It is better if you make it with at least 2 people. Enjoy your meal 😋turkish dessert İzmit
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Regndroppar, Finland
A classic, but a cinnamon bun with swirls of sugar, cinnamon and butter in it. 😋🤗 or now in December I would recommend a star-shaped Christmas pastry (joulutorttu) made of leafy puff pastry with plum marmelade on top. Other alternatives exist as well with apple or damson marmelade, but a Christmas pastry with plum marmelade is the one for me.
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nm_rockhound, United States of America
Here in America's desert southwest, our locals make biscochitos, empanadas, and natillas as desserts..... especially now that we're getting closer to Christmas.
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Flippie, Canada
Hi I'm Dutch but live in Canada. I think the favorite desert in The Netherlands is still; "Apple pie" and the Canadian is, I think; "Pumpkin pie". My personal favorite is; "Key Lime pie". The best Key Lime pie I ever ate was on The Keys in Florida, USA, but in "The Cactus Club" (restaurant chain in Canada) have very good Key Lime pie too.
- Enjoy -
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Jennybaby, Hong Kong
In Hong Kong people are really obsessed with Tong Sui (sweet soup)! There are many flavors of Tong Sui like sweet potato, walnut and tofu, but my favorite is the almond one.
But honestly, Tong Sui is not my favorite dessert. Instead it will be Hong Kong style waffle ("grid cake"), in which those delicious peanut butter, evaporated milk and sugar are sandwiched. When I was a kid, my mother would take me to the wet market nearby my home and order waffle. Then I would eat it and watch cartoon while my mother did her shopping. Now I eat much less grid cakes, but it is still the best Hong Kong dessert in my opinion.
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Alexander9179, Russia
My favorite dessert, kissel, Oat, Rye and wheat (flour), Barley, Pea, and the most delicious - Dairy with rip.
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lovpinka, Malaysia
I am from Malaysia, one of the favourite dessert is Onde-onde. There are sweet glutinous rice balls, is a traditional Southeast Asian green-coloured balls of rice cake filled with liquid palm sugar and coated in grated coconut (coconut flakes).
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susandg, Philippines
Is pao de lo similar to egg tarts in Macau where the Portuguese also went to?

In the Philippines, we have the leche flan made with egg yolks, sugar and condensed milk. Sinful! But very delicious. :-)
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doryfera, Canada
Uniquely Canadian desserts include the Nanaimo bar and the butter tart... both delicious :) I usually buy them ready-made, though... *blush*
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Talal90Ahmed, Iraq
SO NICE -=
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lostresviajeros, Austria
Sachertorte and Apfelstrudel - of course! :)
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EngelDD, Germany
Dresdner Christstollen - christmas "cake" from my hometown and well known. ;o)
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giorgina80, Italy
Hello
how many ideas for good sweets🤗
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pupkinter, Ukraine
Kutia or kutya is a ceremonial grain dish with sweet gravy traditionally served in Ukraine during the Christmas - Feast of Jordan holiday season. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kutia
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mounten, Italy
Hello here in South Tyrol ( north Italy) we bake ZELTEN it's a kind of bread with dried fruits and nuts, before you bake it you decorate the top with Almonds. It's a very old and traditional recipe. Cookies especially Gingerbread, Spitzbuben are made too.
Enjoy have a great x mas holiday
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Dodi1Kinobe, Canada
Dutch apple pie.
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Heepy, United States of America
I'm German and now live in the USA, but my favorite dessert remains forever Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte. I have found some over here, but it's not the same.

American desserts tend to be super sweet. By the same token, savory foods are very salty. One theory is that it is because industrialization started here, and sugar and salt were used for preservation of food and heavily advertised to get consumerism going.

My taste buds have not gotten used to either, but I do like a good cheesecake. I think that's an American food. :-)
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saikat_das, India
As a Bengali we have an affinity towards sweets, our sweets are milk based products with main ingredient as "chena", a kind of cottage cheese. Among many other sweets you must try "rasogolla", when visiting my city Kolkata.
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vlada_123, Russia
My grandma makes a great cake! We usually eat this in the New Year. All of my relatives like this.
It's called "Anthill".
Strange name, right?😅😜
But it has anthill shape (like a triangle).
Of course, there aren't ants. This cake is chocolite with cream.
So, we all like it!
I think, very few families make that. But, maybe, all like this, haha~
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Luziaceleste, Brazil
Yesterday, duro g a meetup, we were talkimg over Brazilian desserts for tu is Season. And the conxlhsion was that those desserts até not original Brazilian.
There is the Italan panetonne, The Portuguese rabanadas.
Anyway, it is a sweet Season, full with Love and hope.
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bandcrab, United States of America
Everyone's recipes sound SO GOOD.

I don't bake, but this time of year I love chocolate-covered cordial cherries. To drink? Egg nog!
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ip39, Turkey
Ah... I can say that there is special beauty in the city I live in. It called "Bomba", means "Bomb". There is a reason for that name cause it is a really thin dough filled with melted chocolate. When you take a bite, the chocolate fulls your entire mouth with a tempting taste. I have to warn you, it is nearly impossible to finish it with clear hands, your finger's gonna be covered with melted happiness.
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shc, Indonesia
I like nagasari, it's a snack with banana filling :)
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WiscoFamily, United States of America
Where I live in Racine Wisconsin the specialty is Kringle which is also the official state pastry. I bring at least one to any holiday gathering. My postcrossing friends in Denmark may be familiar with Kringle as well!
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