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Fried Almond Pastries (Samsa Feuille de Brick)

Sticky-sweet almond pastries drenched in a syrup of honey and orange flower water are typical of the rustic desserts of Tunisia. Get the recipe for Fried Almond Pastries (Samsa Feuille de Brick) »

New Mexican Sopaipillas

“I remember childhood visits to a restaurant on Albuquerque’s Old Town Plaza. We’d press our noses to the glass as cooks rolled out the dough, cut it into squares or triangles, and plopped them into the vat of hot, bubbling fat, then, that dramatic moment, when the pallid little dough shapes magically inflated and turned golden brown. We’d seize one of the warm puffs of dough, bite off a corner, and drizzle honey into the hollow cavity.” —Cheryl J. Foote, from “Pillows of Bliss” (February 2006) Get the recipe for New Mexican Sopaipillas »

Glacéed Bananas

Inspired by a dessert from Beijing’s China Club restaurant, chef and restaurateur Cecilia Chiang coats fried bananas in a thin, delicate shell of caramel. Get the recipe for Glacéed Bananas »

Syrup-Soaked Pastries with Hazelnuts, Pistachios, and Pine Nuts (Deblah)

Syrup-Soaked Pastries with Hazelnuts, Pistachios, and Pine Nuts (Deblah)

Date-Filled Semolina Cookies (Makroud)

Date-Filled Semolina Cookies

Fried Chicken Caramel

Fried Chicken Caramel

Churros con Chocolate Caliente (Mexican Fritters with Hot Chocolate)

Ruben Ortega, a native of Puebla and the pastry chef at Hugo’s in Houston, Texas, shared his recipe for long, fluted fritters, served with thick hot chocolate for dunking. Get the recipe for Churros con Chocolate Caliente (Mexican Fritters with Hot Chocolate) »

Finnish May Day Funnel Cakes (Tippaleipä)

Finnish May Day Funnel Cakes (Tippaleipä)

Calas (Fried Rice Fritters)

These sweet fried rice fritters are a traditional New Orleans treat. Get the recipe for Calas (Fried Rice Fritters) »
A classic brioche dough yields an excellent batch of donuts. Here, they’re rolled in cinnamon sugar while still warm and filled with a decadent milk-chocolate ganache. Get the recipe for Cinnamon-Sugar Donuts with Chocolate Filling