15 Delicious Mediterranean Dessert You Can Prepare at Home

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Many of us want to get a taste of the Med in our own homes. Mediterranean main meals and canapés are relatively easy to make and find. However, what about when it comes to desserts? You want to continue that style and taste.

The great news is you can get a range of ideas. Some of the countries these desserts come from you wouldn’t even consider being Mediterranean. We get stuck with the idea of Italy and Greece, but what about the south of France? There’s Spain, Portugal, and so much more.

It’s time to bring the different delicacies in one place. Here are 15 Mediterranean desserts hat are extremely delicious. You can make them all from the comfort of your own home. All that will be missing is the actual backdrop of the beautiful countries.

Almond Pistachio Baklava

Let’s start with a Greek recipe since this is one of the countries that we commonly think about when it comes to the Med. This is an extremely easy recipe to make, and you may have a lot of the ingredients already in your cupboards.

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 cups of sugar, divided
  • 2 cups of water
  • ¾ cup of honey
  • 2tbsp lemon juice
  • 4 cups of pistachios (unsalted, preferably)
  • 3 cups of almonds (unblanched)
  • 1 1/2tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 ¾ cups of butter, melted
  • 3 packs of filo pastry, thawed if frozen

Method:

  • Add the water, 2-3 cups of sugar, honey, and lemon to a saucepan and bring to the boil, before reducing the heat and simmering for 5 minutes
  • Put the liquid to one side and allow to cool
  • Preheat the oven to 350F
  • Place the nuts in a food processor and blitz until finely chopped, and then place in a bowl
  • Add the cinnamon, nutmeg, and rest of the sugar into the nuts and combine fully, before putting to one side
  • Brush a baking pan with some butter and then unroll the filo pastry
  • Chop into a rectangle, slightly smaller than the pan, repeating to use up as much of the pastry as possible
  • Line two sheets of pastry along the bottom, allowing them to overlap, and brush with some butter
  • Repeat with the pastry 14 times and then sprinkle with about a third of the nuts
  • Repeat with another 14 layers and sprinkle another third, until the nuts have finished
  • Cut into diamond shapes and bake for 35-40 minutes until brown
  • Allow cooling on a wire rack
  • Pour the sugar liquid over the top and stand overnight, covered

It’s a delicious recipe, although not necessarily the healthiest. It’s just something for a little fun and works perfectly when you have guests over, and you’re not sure how much they will eat!

Nested Berries

This is another Greek recipe that is a lot healthier than the one above. You’ll need filo pastry again for the creation of the nests.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of strawberries, halved
  • 1 cup of blackberries
  • 1 cup of raspberries
  • 1/3 cup of sugar
  • 3tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2tsp black pepper
  • For the filo nests
  • 8 filo pastry sheets
  • 2tsp sugar
  • 1/4tsp ground cinnamon
  • Cooking spray

Method:

  • Mix the berries together in a bowl and sprinkle with sugar, tossing to coat
  • Allow the berries to stand for 20 minutes and then pour the vinegar over and sprinkle with pepper, tossing gently to coat again
  • Put the berries in the fridge for at least 2 hours
  • Coat a muffin tray with cooking spray and put to one side
  • Preheat the oven to 375F
  • Unroll the filo pastry and remove a sheet, cutting in half one way and thirds another way
  • Stack three of the sections and place in a muffin cup, and then spray with cooking spray
  • Place the other three in another cup; the stacks will make a star shape over the cups
  • Combine the sugar and cinnamon together and then sprinkle a quarter of a tsp of the dough
  • Repeat the filo steps with the rest of the sheets
  • Bake until golden brown and allow to cool for 5 minutes
  • Carefully remove and place on a wire rack

To serve, place a nest on a plate or in a bowl and top with three-quarters of a cup of the berries and drizzle with a little of the berry juice. This is best served immediately.

Tiramisu

A Tiramisu is a traditional Italian dessert and one of the most popular around the world. It’s a deliciously creamy, coffee mixture that is soft and melts in the mouth. Don’t just have it when you go out to dinner. Try it in your own home.

Ingredients:

  • 6 egg yolks
  • ¾ cup of sugar
  • ¾ cup of whole milk
  • 4 containers of mascarpone cheese
  • 1 ½ cups of strong coffee, such as espresso
  • ½ cup of brandy (or similar)
  • 30-32 Italian ladyfingers
  • ¼ cup of cocoa powder
  • Bittersweet chocolate

Method:

  • Line a baking dish with plastic wrap, allowing 3 inches to overhang on all sides
  • Fill the plastic wrap with ice water
  • In a bowl, whisk the eggs and sugar together and place over a saucepan of simmering water, until the sugar dissolves
  • Whisk in the milk slowly and cook, whisking continuously to create a light custard
  • Remove the bowl from the heat and place in the ice water, whisking until cool
  • Place the mascarpone in a separate large bowl and fold in the custard until just combined, and then whisk until smooth
  • In another bowl, combine the coffee and brandy and then dip the ladyfingers in one at a time until soaked but not too soggy
  • Place the biscuits into the baking dish (water discarded but plastic wrap still there) arranging across the bottom
  • Spread a third of the custard over the top and then repeat with another layer of ladyfingers, in the opposite direction
  • Top with a third of the custard and repeat with the ladyfingers in the same direction as the bottom layer; repeating this until your ladyfingers and mixture are finished
  • Finish with the custard and dust with the cocoa powder
  • Wrap up with the plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 4+ hours

Serve with some chocolate shavings over the top. This is the perfect way to top off your Italian-inspired evening!

White Chocolate Cups with Dark Chocolate and Mascarpone

This is another traditional Italian recipe that isn’t as popular as tiramisu. If you’re looking for something different, this is certainly one that you want to try. It’s perfectly easy for the home, and the kids will love to get involved in the cooking.

Ingredients:

  • 8oz of white chocolate, chopped
  • 4oz of dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup of whipping cream
  • 3tbsp sugar
  • 8oz of mascarpone cheese
  • 1tsp orange peel, grated
  • 1/4tsp vanilla extract
  • Extra white chocolate for garnishing

Method:

  • Place paper liners in 8 muffin cups
  • Melt your white chocolate (over the stove or in the microwave) until smooth
  • Place a tbsp. of melted chocolate into each paper liner and coat along the bottom evenly
  • Place in the freezer for 30 minutes
  • Remelt the chocolate in the bowl and repeat in the paper liners, this time brushing the chocolate up the sides of the liners
  • Freeze for an hour
  • Melt the dark chocolate (over the stove or in the microwave) until smooth and place to one side to cool
  • Whisk the cream and sugar together in a large bowl, until soft peaks form and then set to one side
  • Beat the mascarpone in a bowl with the melted dark chocolate, vanilla extract, and orange peel until smooth
  • Fold the whipped cream into the mascarpone in two batches and then place in a pastry bag with star tip
  • Pipe the mousse into the which chocolate cups and sprinkle some white chocolate over the top

This is best served immediately. If you’re going to wait, make sure you keep the dessert covered and place in the fridge. Allow standing for an hour at room temperature before serving for the best results.

Florentines

We’re a third way through the list and have another delicious Italian dessert that you may never have heard of. This is a nutty dessert that can be created and served later.

Ingredients:

  • 1 and ¾ cups of almonds, blanched and sliced
  • 3tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 orange, zest finely grated
  • 1/4tsp salt
  • ¾ cup of sugar
  • 2tbsp heavy cream
  • 2tbsp corn syrup
  • 5tbsp butter, unsalted
  • 1/2tsp vanilla extract
  • 2-4oz of dark chocolate, chopped (optional for serving)

Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 350F and line a baking tray with parchment paper
  • Place the almonds in a blender and pulse until they are finely chopped
  • Stir the nuts, salt, flour, and zest together in a bowl
  • In a saucepan, place the sugar, corn syrup, cream, and butter together over medium heat, cooking slowly and stirring now and then; the sugar will dissolve
  • Boil for a minute and then remove from the heat, stirring in the vanilla extract
  • Pour the cream into the almond mixture and stir until it all starts to combine, and then place to one side for 30 minutes
  • Once you can handle the creamy batter, make balls out of them and place on the baking sheet, allowing 3-4in of space between as they spread out while cooking; don’t worry if you don’t have space for all the mixture, as you can bake in batches
  • Bake until the cookies are thin and even, rotating the pan halfway through the 10-11-minute cooking time
  • Cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack, while you bake the rest of your batter
  • If you’re using the chocolate, melt it; you can do this either in the microwave or over a pot of simmering water
  • Place the chocolate on the flat side of one cookie and then sandwich together with a second cookie, returning to the rack to let the chocolate set (you can also place in the fridge for a few minutes
  • If you don’t want to sandwich, place the cookies on a plate and drizzle the chocolate over the top

You can store the cookies in an airtight container for up to three days after making them. Make sure you store them away from any moist cakes, as the cookies taste better when they have a crunch to them.

Homemade Rice Pudding

As I said, Greece and Italy are the first places you’ll think about when it comes to a taste of the Med. But what about the Spanish? The country sits on the sea and is full of warmth and local delicacies that you can make at home. This first is a rice pudding with a Spanish twist and is one of the healthiest desserts on the menu.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of white rice, long grain like Basmati
  • 5 cups of water
  • 2 sticks of cinnamon
  • 1 can have condensed milk
  • 1 can have evaporated milk
  • 1 cup of whole milk
  • ½ cup of raisins
  • Ground cinnamon for serving

Method:

  • Place the water, cinnamon sticks, and rice together in a heavy saucepan and place over a medium heat
  • Allow the mixture to boil, and then simmer for 20 minutes, until the rice completely cooks
  • Strain out the liquid and remove the cinnamon sticks, before returning the rice to the saucepan
  • In a separate saucepan, pour in the three kinds of milk and bring the liquid to a boil
  • Pour the milk into the rice and cook for another 15-18 minutes, constantly stirring to create a thick mixture
  • Add in the raisins and stir to combine

Serve with a dusting of cinnamon.

You can also cook this in the slow cooker. Put all the ingredients in, except for the raisins and cook for 3 hours on a high heat (double the time for a low heat). Add the raisins in at the very end and then serve.

The rice will keep absorbing liquid, even after it is cooked, so don’t worry about getting rid of all the milk.

Spanish Apple Pie

Another delicious Spanish dessert is this take on the traditional apple pie. Who doesn’t love pie for dessert? You’ll make your crust with this recipe, and the kids will beg to join in.

Ingredients for the Crust:

  • 60g of butter
  • 125g of caster sugar
  • 25g of almonds, ground
  • 4g of baking powder
  • 125g all-purpose flour
  • 1 vanilla pod, split
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten
  • 2tbsp dark rum

Ingredients for the Apple Middle:

  • 500g red apples, preferably Cox, peeled and cubed
  • 50g of caster sugar
  • 1 vanilla pod

Ingredients for the Pastry Cream:

  • 3 egg yolks
  • 35g of corn flour
  • 75g of caster sugar
  • 500ml of whole milk
  • 1 vanilla pod

Method:

Start with the crust:

  • Mix the sugar and butter in a bowl until pale and smooth
  • In a separate bowl, mix the almonds with the flour and baking powder until combined and then add the buttered cream slowly
  • Beat the mixture until it’s course
  • Remove the seeds from the pod and add to the bowl, with the rum and yolk
  • Mix just to combine everything and then wrap in plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 12 hours

Move onto the apple filling:

  • Place the apples into a pan and just cover with some water
  • Stir in the vanilla pod and sugar and allow the water to simmer, until the fruit becomes tender; it should take 5-7 minutes
  • Remove the apples and put to one side and continue to cook the liquid until it is like a syrup (for the pastry crust)

Now create the cream:

  • Mix the yolks together with the sugar and cornflour in a bowl
  • Place the milk and vanilla pod in a pan and bring to the boil
  • Gradually add the egg mixture in and cook while stirring continuously for 5 minutes, until the custard thickens
  • Remove from the heat and place to one side, leaving the vanilla pod in until you’re ready to serve

Finish off the pie:

  • Preheat the oven to 325F
  • Place the apples along the bottom of a pie dish and then pour the custard over the top
  • Roll out your pastry and place over the top of the custard
  • Create holes on the top of the pastry to allow the heat to release
  • Bake for 30 minutes, until golden and then remove from the oven
  • Brush the sugar syrup over the top (the liquid from the apples) and stand for 5 minutes

This is delicious when served with a bit of vanilla cream on the side or some vanilla custard over the top. Because the pastry only tops the pie, this is a relative weight loss friendly dessert.

Easy French Crepes

It’s time to take a trip north to France. This is a country commonly overlooked as a Mediterranean country since some of the countries is around the North Sea. However, the southern parts are on the Med, and there are some delicious desserts to try.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1tbsp sugar
  • 1/4tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups of whole milk
  • 1tbsp butter
  • Fresh fruit and icing sugar for serving

Method:

  • Mix the flour, salt, and sugar together with a whisk in a bowl
  • Add the eggs one at a time, beating to combine
  • Add in the milk and beat to combine
  • Allow the batter to stand for 15-20 minutes at room temperature
  • Over medium heat, place a small skillet and add some butter to melt
  • Drop the batter into the pan, swirling to coat evenly
  • Cook for 2 minutes and then flip the mixture and cook for another minute
  • Repeat with the rest of the batter
  • Serve with the fresh fruit and sugar over the top

It’s almost like a pancake, and cooking the crepes is certainly very similar. You’ll know the crepes are ready for flipping, as some bubbles will start to appear over the top. Start by flipping with a spatula, but you can move onto freehand as you gain in confidence.

Chocolate and Banana Crepes

It’s time to take the recipe above and add a little more flavor to it. These banana chocolate crepes are fun for the whole family and are among the healthiest of all recipes on this list. They aren’t just desserts but make perfect snacks throughout the day.

You can melt the chocolate over a pan of simmering water. If you have access to a microwave, melting it in there for 30-50 seconds is quicker and easier.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups of milk
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 2tbsp sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1tsp vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ cup of butter, melted
  • 2 bananas, chopped
  • ½ cup of chocolate, melted

Method:

  • Combine the milk, sugar, flour, salt, vanilla, butter, and eggs together in a blender, pulsing until smooth and foamy
  • Allow the batter to sit for 15 minutes; you can also place it in the fridge overnight
  • Place a skillet over medium heat, coating lightly with oil or better
  • Add some of the batters to the skillet and cook for 2 minutes, until bubbles start to form
  • Flip it over and cook for another minute
  • Repeat with the rest of the batter and place all the crepes on a plate
  • Fold the crepes into quarters and top with the banana slices
  • Drizzle with the melted chocolate and serve

You can mash the bananas and add them to the batter mixture if you’d like. This will create a thicker mixture, so the crepes look a little more like pancakes instead.

Homemade Crepe Cake

It’s time to take the crepes and make a cake instead. This is another delicious French recipe that you’ll be able to enjoy with the family or with friends.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups of flour
  • 3/4tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup of sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 cups of whole milk
  • 5tbsp butter, melted
  • 3 cups of chocolate pudding
  • 1tsp icing sugar

Method:

  • Place the flour, sugar, and salt in a bowl and combine
  • Add the eggs and whisk until combined
  • Pour in the milk slowly and whisk fully
  • Add in the butter and mix until the batter is smooth
  • Put to one side and allow to rest for 20 minutes
  • Over medium heat, place a skillet with a bit of oil or butter to avoid sticking
  • Add some batter to cover the skillet and cook for about 30 seconds, flipping and cooking the other side for another 15 seconds
  • Transfer the crepe to a plate and cover with some wax paper, and then repeat with the rest of the batter; make 24 crepes
  • Place a crepe on a serving plate and add two tbsp. of chocolate pudding, spreading it across the crepe
  • Top with another crepe and repeat with the chocolate pudding until all the crepes are used (no pudding on that top layer)
  • Sprinkle with icing sugar

Serve this right away for best results. It can be put in the fridge for up to two hours but will need to sit for 15 minutes at room temperature before serving.

You can serve this on its own, or you can add some fresh fruit and whipped cream on the side. It’s completely up to you!

Pan Roasted Almonds with Honey

Let’s go back to Greece for a few more Mediterranean-friendly recipes. This mixture is simple and affordable for all families, and deliciously and naturally sweet.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pot of water, enough so that the almonds are covered
  • ¼ cup of almonds
  • 3-4tbsp honey, plus more for serving if you’d like

Method:

Start by blanching the almonds if you didn’t get blanched ones:

  • Boil a pot of water and add in the almonds, boiling for 60 seconds
  • Drain the water over a strainer to catch the almonds and rinse under cold water to cool quickly
  • Remove the almonds out of the skin by pinching the ends
  • Dry with a paper towel as much as possible

Now make your dessert:

  • Place the almonds and honey into a saucepan and place over a medium to low heat
  • Cook until the almonds are slightly golden and then remove from the heat
  • Pour the honey and almond mixture into bowls and finish off with the rest of the honey if you’d like
  • Allow coolingfully before you serve

It’s an extremely minimal dessert.  This will be perfect when you want something to serve to friends after a delicious Mediterranean meal.

Lemon Sponge Cake—a Pantespani

This Greek dish is known as a Pantespani to the local people. It’s a lemon sponge cake and extremely easy to make. Your kids will want to lick the batter out of the bowl once you’ve finished with it!

Ingredients for the Cake:

  • 5 eggs, eggs and yolks separated
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 1tbsp brandy

Ingredients for the Syrup:

  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • Juice of half a lemon

Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 350F and grease a cake pan
  • Add all the syrup ingredients to a pot and place over medium heat, cooking until the sugar completely dissolves
  • Bring to a simmer, leaving for 6 minutes and then remove from the heat and set aside to cool
  • Place the egg yolks in a bowl and add in the sugar, beating and then putting to one side
  • Combine the flour, baking powder, lemon zest and yolk mixture together and mix completely
  • Add in the brandy and vanilla mix, combining well
  • Now add in the egg whites and mix until it all forms a batter
  • Pour into your greased pan and bake for 45-55 minutes; a toothpick will be clean when placed in once cooked
  • Remove from the oven and pour the syrup over the top right away, so the cake can absorb it for 10 minutes
  • Allow the cake to cool and then serve

You can reduce the lemon amounts if you prefer to keep the taste minimal. You can also add more if you find that the cake isn’t lemony enough. This can also work with orange zest and juice instead.

Honey Donuts—Loukoumades

Loukoumades are a popular Greek donut-like dessert. They’re covered in honey, giving a naturally sweet taste that will have you craving more!

Ingredients for the Donuts:

  • 3 ½ cups of flour
  • 1 pack of yeast
  • 1 cup of warm water
  • 1tsp salt
  • ¼ cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 320z of safflower oil
  • Ground cinnamon for the top
  • Favorite nuts to top

Ingredients for the Syrup:

  • 1 cup of water
  • 12 tbsp honey, plus extra if you’d like

Method:

  • Mix the flour, water, and yeast together in a bowl
  • Add the sugar, milk, salt, and eggs and combine into a batter
  • Cover and allow to sit for 60 minutes
  • After 40 minutes, continue with the rest, combining the honey and water in a pot and simmering for 5 minutes
  • Remove the honey from the heat and place into a large bowl
  • Place the safflower oil in a soup pot and heat over a medium to high heat
  • Take a tbsp. of the batter and create a bowl, dropping it carefully into the hot oil
  • Fry for 3-4 minutes on both sides, until golden
  • Remove and put on a plate with paper towels to absorb extra oil
  • Repeat until all the batter is used
  • Once the oil has drained, place the donuts into the syrup and coat

Place your donuts onto a plate and coat with the nuts and cinnamon. You can also top with extra honey if you’d like. Place the plate in the middle of the table or on a table full of finger foods and allow everyone to dive right in.

Mozaik Pastasi (a Mosaic Cake)

Let’s leave Greece again and this time take a trip to Turkey. It’s another commonly overlooked Mediterranean country, but is the home of the Mosaic Cake, locally known as the Mozaik Pastasi.

Ingredients:

  • 1lb petit beurre biscuits, broken into squares and put aside
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • ½ cup of cocoa powder
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup of butter, melted
  • 3oz of dark chocolate, melted

Ingredients:

  • Combine the butter and chocolate
  • IN a separate bowl, whisk the sugar, cocoa powder, and vanilla extract together and then add to the butter and chocolate mixture, combining well
  • Add the eggs into the mixture and whisk to thicken and combine
  • In another bowl, add the broken biscuits and then pour the chocolate mixture in gently, making sure each cracker has some chocolate
  • Line a loaf pan with plastic wrap and fill with the biscuit mixture
  • Pack the mixture down with the back of a spoon and wrap the plastic wrap edges over the top
  • Place in the fridge for 3+ hours (preferably overnight) to allow it all to set

You’ll be able to slice the cake to serve. Don’t discard the plastic wrap, as you’ll want to keep the cake covered until you’re ready for another slice. It will all keep in the fridge for a few days.

Moroccan Orange Cake

Finally, it’s time for a trip south of Europe and into Africa. Morocco tends to be left out, despite it having a home comfortable on the warm Med. You want to try out this delicious orange cake.

Ingredients:

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups of sugar
  • ½ cup of vegetable oil
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 4tsp baking powder
  • 1/2tsp salt
  • ½ cup of orange juice
  • 2tbsp orange zest
  • 1tsp vanilla extract

Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 350F and grease and flour your tube pan
  • Beat the eggs and sugar together in a bowl, until thick
  • Beat in the oil gradually
  • Add the flour, salt, and baking powder, stirring in to combine
  • Add the orange juice and beat until it’s all smooth
  • Finally, add in the vanilla and zest, stirring to combine
  • Pour the batter into your pan and then bake for 40 minutes
  • Allow the cake to cool for 7-10 minutes and then place on a wire rack to finishing cooling

You’ll know the cake is ready because a toothpick will come out completely clean.

Enjoy your taste of the Mediterranean with these delicious desserts. They’re not all the healthiest options, but a little in moderation isn’t going to do you that much harm. Your kids will enjoy making the recipes together, and they’ll want to lick out the bowl with some of the cakes and batters.

These are recipes that you can make for the family or put out with a buffer when throwing a Mediterranean party. Just make sure you’re ready for answers when people ask you for the recipes.

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