Ever wanted to get organized or create a list of things in alphabetical order? It’s easy until someone puts you on the spot! Say I was to say to you, ‘name all the desserts that start with B’, how many could you list, right now? Tricky eh? Well, don’t worry because I’ve done the hard work so that you don’t have to.
Desserts that Start with B
1. Baked Alaska
When it was created over 150 years ago, baked Alaska was seen as something just a little bit fancy. Essentially it is a baked cake with an ice cream layer. It isn’t the simplest dish to make, but it is worth it if you want to impress your guests. The trick is to be absolutely perfect with your timings. Otherwise, you end up with a baked, gooey mess.
2. Banana Split
Ok, so we’ve cheated a bit with ‘banana’… but it is a dessert that begins with a B! A banana split is essentially a thick chunk of Neapolitan ice cream sandwiched between two banana halves and topped with chocolate sauce lashings. It’s quite rich, we double dare you to try and eat more than one! Such an easy dessert to make at home.
3. Bavarian Cream
Bavarian cream can be eaten on its own, but you’ll commonly find it as a filling for other desserts like donuts and eclairs. Bavarian cream is actually a vanilla custard that is given more structure by the addition of gelatin. Back in the old days, they used to stiffen it with egg yolks (hint: gelatin is much easier)
Biscotti go great with a nice cappuccino or latte. They aren’t the softest of biscuits, but that makes them great for dunking! The key to getting a crunchy biscotti is to bake them twice, where this biscuit’s name comes from. We can think of no better dessert for mopping up the last of your coffee foam!
A blondie is very similar to a brownie, except it lacks the dark chocolate color, hence the name. However, don’t worry about them lacking flavor. The cocoa is replaced with vanilla, giving something equally chewy and delicious. If you need a chocolate fix, then feel free to throw in a handful (or two) of chocolate chunks.
6. Blueberry Cheesecake
Blueberry cheesecake is a pretty iconic dessert. They are a little bit tangy, perfect for offsetting a thick cream cheese topping. They are super easy to make into a compote too. Just add equal amounts of blueberries and sugar with a little water to a saucepan and cook over medium heat until they go all gooey. Perfect for serving over your blueberry cheesecake.
7. Boston Cream Pie
Layers of yellow buttery cake, a cream filling, and perhaps topped with a little chocolate. I’d suggest making two as one won’t last the day! To get a super shiny chocolate glaze on the top, mix melted chocolate with egg yolks. In truth, this isn’t really a pie. In fact, it is a cake, but don’t tell people from Massachusetts, or they might get a bit upset!
This dessert is supremely tasty and a bit controversial, several countries around the mediteranean still argue about who invented it to this day. Baklava is layers of honey, flaky pastry, and chopped pistachio nuts layered and then sliced. Its time consuming to make but well worth the effort.
9. Bundt Cake
What do you get if you cross a cake and a donut? Bundt cake is the answer. It’s a cake with a hole that takes its name from the pan in which it is baked. This dish helps it cook evenly. What’s even better is that the hole in the center can be used to hold a choice of fillings. We load our chocolate Bundt cake with fresh strawberries and chocolate sauce.
All candy is called ‘bonbon’ in France. And just like candy, Bonbons are bite-sized sweet treats. They are generally small chunks of caramel or other soft fillings coated in a layer of chocolate or caramel. They are the perfect accompaniment to a coffee.
11. Bubble Tea
Bubble tea is a little like a warm milkshake. The bubbles are formed by adding swollen and chewy tapioca pearls. You can get all sorts of varieties of bubble tea. Just make sure that you use a thick straw to prevent blockages!
12. Black Forest Cake
Black Forest cake originated in Germany at the start of the 20th century. The black forest cake (or as the Germans call it Schwarz Velde Kirsch Torte) shares its name with a large natural forested area in Germany. The cake is a mix of dark chocolatey sponge layers, sandwiching a thick layer of whipped cream with a dark cherry filling. It is super sweet and rich and is a popular favorite in Europe.
Bingsu is actually one of the oldest desserts in existence. Originating in Korea, it consists of slivers of flavored ice topped with fruit, nuts, and rich syrups. There are all sorts of flavor combinations that you can try. Matcha is a particular favorite of ours, the bright green works really well with contrasting colors.
14. Banoffee Pie
This classic dessert had to feature on our list. A biscuity base with a thick layer of caramel, topped with whipped cream and bananas! What’s not to love. The best thing about banoffee pie is that it is really easy to make. By boiling condensed milk, you can create pre-packaged caramel. Sounds good to us!
15. Banana Bread
Ok, it’s called ‘bread,’ but it’s actually a dessert, no, don’t argue, it’s going on our list! This moist and sweet cake is super easy to make. A top tip if you want real banana flavor is to use bananas that look like they are past their best. The darker, the better!
Phew! There was more there than we thought. Thinking of Desserts that start with B is more challenging than it sounds, but on the plus side, It’s put us well in the mood to go and whip up a quick Banoffee pie. Have we missed any on our list? Let us know in the comments, and we’ll see about adding them (after we’ve finished our banoffee).