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Famous Sweets and Their History
"Desserts and sweets have been a gastronomic obsession in Europe for centuries. The production of signature sweets has established lasting reputations for great chefs, regions or countries. See how much you know about these well-know desserts."
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My favorite sweet is marzipan, which is basically a combination of almond paste and sugar. In the German town of Lubeck, marzipan production is taken very seriously, and there are strict distinct designations for the marzipan, with the higher quality reflecting a higher proportion of paste to sugar; marzipan must be at least 50% almond paste, "Lubecker" marzipan 70%, and Edelmarzipan 90%. When first introduced, who were the only group allowed to produce marzipan?
The trader's guild
Marzipan obviously had its origins in areas where almond trees abound. Which city in Spain is famous for its marzipan, which is typically less sweet, and less frequently employs chocolate in the production?
What tasty Italian dessert with its origin in the city of Treviso is a layered cake made with eggs, sugar, espresso coffee and cream?
(One Word; it translates to "pick-me-up".)
In 1832, Prince Metternich of Austria ordered a dessert cake for his wealthy, spoiled guests. The famous Sachertorte was the result. Which of the following is NOT an ingredient in this famous cake?
Sometimes desserts have tremendous commercial appeal. Many variations of a round, chocolate covered sweet called "Mozartkugeln" are for sale in literally hundreds of places. In what city did the Mozartkugeln originate?
Where was Danish pastry born?
In which country was "Baba-au-Rhum" developed?
The oldest known cake in the world, with a latticed crust on top and usually made with red currant jelly, comes from which Austrian town?
(One Word; Hitler's hometown)
Panforte, or "strong bread" is a delicate type of fruitcake not at all resembling the American variety, which has its origin in Tuscan Italy when nuns received this from the serfs and tenants of the nunnery as a measure of the census. It was felt to have medicinal qualities, so that many of the varieties available are named after pharmacists' families. Where in Italy did panforte originate?
Which of the following is not primarily a dessert?
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Compiled Jun 28 12