Have you been watching The Great British Bake Off this year? If you’re as obsessed with it as we are and want to know where the best cakes and pastries are around the world, keep reading!

  1. Gaufres de Liege (buttery Belgian waffles) – Belgium

Like its French counterparts, these waffles, Gaufres de Liege, use a delicious amount of butter. They can be found on the streets and outdoor markets in Belgian cities, where vendors cook them on the spot for you.

Gaufres de Liege are distinguished by their yeasted batter as well as large sugar crystals called pearl sugar. As the waffles cook in the iron, the sugar crystals melt and caramelize on the surface, contributing to the bite of the exterior.

They come topped with cream, fruit, ice cream, chocolate or almost any sweet topping you want! We think these authentic Gaufres de Liege are well worth a trip to Belgium!

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  1. Éclair – France

These oblong treats are made with choux pastry, filled with cream and topped with icing. They’ve been a favourite here in the UK for many years already. The dough, which is the same as that used for profiteroles, is typically piped into an oblong shape with a piping bag and baked until it is crisp and hollow inside.

Once cool, the pastry then is filled with a coffee or chocolate-flavoured cream custard, whipped cream, and iced with fondant icing.  The éclair originated in France during the nineteenth century and is still a firm favourite among bake off contestants today!

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  1. Gözleme – Turkey

A savory pastry can be just as satisfying as a sweet one, wouldn’t you agree? This traditional Turkish snack is made with hand-rolled pastry. Fresh pastry is rolled out, filled and sealed, then cooked over a griddle. You can fill it with pretty much whatever you like, although the traditional fillings include spinach, egg, cheese and potato.

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  1. Gustavus Adolphus pastry – Sweden

This pastry was named after King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden and is eaten every year on his Memorial Day – Gustavus Adolphus Day on the 6th 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.

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  1. Gyeongju bread – Korea

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.

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  1. Trdelnik – Prague

A trdelnik is a traditional Slovak cake originating from Romania. It’s now a popular street food in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. It’s made up of rolled dough which is wrapped around a stick then grilled and topped with a sugar and walnut mix. It’s served hot straight from the grill and is perfect with a cup of mulled wine!

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What do you think of these? Have you ever tried them while away on holiday? Or do you like to make your own, similar version?

Let us know in the comments below.