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10 amazing fruit desserts around Europe

With the warm weather and abundance of fresh, flavorful fruits in season, it’s hard to pass up on a fruit-based dessert – especially when you’re running around Europe! Find out what fruity desserts to be indulging in this summer as you explore different countries in Europe and even how to recreate the dessert recipe at home!

Check out our top picks for fruit desserts in Europe!

Strawberry tarte

Fruit tart, Britain

I had my first taste of fruit tart at like 6 a.m. in the Amsterdam airport and I’m glad I did as I’ve been hooked ever since. With a crumbly, buttery pastry shell, custard cream, and topped with fruit, it’s the perfect summer dessert! While the custard tart originated from Britain, many other European countries have adopted these sweet cup-like desserts and you can easily find them all over Europe.

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Eton Mess, Britain

Another British dessert that shouldn’t be missed is eton mess! This whipped dessert has the tart flavors of strawberries and the tasty flavors of meringue and whipped cream, all the ingredients are mixed up in a serving dish.

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Trifle, Britain

As long as Rachel Green isn’t in the kitchen, your trifle in the United Kingdom will be light, fruity, and delicious! This dessert is comprised of custard, fruit, sponge cake, jelly or jam, and whipped cream – all arranged in layers so you get a taste of all the harmonious flavors at the same time.


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Jelly doughnut

Berliner Pfannkuchen, Germany

If you can’t get enough doughnuts (or you’re a cop, just kidding) try a Berliner pfannkuchen, a traditional pastry found in Germany. This dessert uses yeast dough that’s fried and then filled with jam or marmalade, and finally topped with sugar.

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Cherry strudel, Hungary or Austria

This dessert, associated with the former Austro-Hungarian Empire, is a fantastic dessert if you love flaky pastry and jammy cherries. Take your strudel to the next level by serving it with vanilla ice cream.

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Peches Melba, France

While there’s no shortage of amazing, yummy desserts in France, an authentic option is the peach melba! Made with the fresh flavors of peaches, a raspberry sauce, and vanilla ice cream. This dish was named for the soprano singer, Nellie Melba, and was actually first debuted at the Savoy Hotel in London by French chef Auguste Escoffier in the 1890s.

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Tarte tatin, France

Another decadent choice in France (and a national dish) is the tarte tatin. Enjoy caramelized apples, soaking in butter and sugar, and then baked into a tarte. This light yet flavorful dessert is great for a picnic in the park or as a quick snack as you stroll the streets.

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Berry torte

Linzer torte, Austria

Opt for a classic with a linzer torte, similar to our fruit pies with a lattice crust on top and a delicious, jammy fruit filling. Named for the city of Linz in Austria, this dessert is mostly served around the holidays but there’s definitely no wrong time of year to indulge in this tasty torte.

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Breskvice, Croatia

Translated to “little peaches,” these cookies are similar to macarons in a way as they’re peach-shaped cookies with a filling of dark rum, peach jam (sometimes apricot), and crushed walnuts. The final touch is dipping the cookie in a peach liqueur, yum! These cookies are popular wedding treats, but there’s no reason you shouldn’t indulge when you have the opportunity.

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Chasing the Donkey breskvice recipe

Belgian waffles, Belgium

On a trip in Europe back in 2008, we had a little stopover in Brussels for some waffles – which were enjoyed as we took in Manneken Pis and all his glory; to be fair, they had him dressed in a cute little suit.

But if you’re channeling your inner Leslie Knope and could eat waffles at any time, you can’t pass up the chance to have an authentic Belgian waffle, especially when it’s covered with fresh fruit and drizzled with divine chocolate. I opted for bananas and chocolate and my sister went with strawberries and chocolate and they were equally good.

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What are your favorite fruity desserts around Europe? Tel us in the comments below!

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Hey, I'm Stephanie! I'm a copywriter living in beautiful Denver with my husband Rick, and our dog Rocco. I love traveling, writing, reading, and being outside as much as possible - unless I'm on the couch binge watching Stranger Things with a glass of wine! Thanks for reading and being a part of the adventure with Back to the Passport! ❤️

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