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  • She made a fabulous dessert with alternate layers of chocolate and cream .
  • A full three-course meal - appetizer , main course and dessert - only cost about $25.
  • Would you like peaches and cream for dessert?
  • The menu described the dessert as 'a medley of exotic fruits '.
  • I'm afraid my cooking skills don't run to fancy cakes and desserts.
  • baked Alaska
  • banana split
  • bananas Foster
  • banoffee pie
  • crème caramel
  • dulce de leche
  • Neapolitan ice cream
  • spotted dick
  • summer pudding

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20 Incredible Pastry Destinations and Bakeries in Los Angeles

Where to get sweet breads, pastries, cakes, and more across LA

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Los Angeles has plenty of sweet shops, cake spots, and bakeries around the city, many adopting styles and flavors from around the world. It's perhaps the best trademark of LA's approach to baking because it's not tied to any particular style. Instead, find a wonderful amalgam of Asian influence in pastries, which is welcome, because they tend not to be as sweet, and glorious Mexican panaderias, which offer the ideal starters to every morning. Of course there are more typical American-influenced bakeries as well as solid renditions of French or other European styles. Either way, from plant-based or gluten-free to fully organic, there’s something for every appetite in Los Angeles. Here now, the best places to find breads, cakes, and pastries, listed from west to east.

Claudine Artisan Kitchen & Bakeshop

This expansive bakery in Encino brings a colorful array of American-style pastries and sweets, from cakes to cookies. There’s also a full menu of breakfast and lunch things like avocado toast and fried chicken sandwiches for a full cafe experience.

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There’s so much to take in at this perennial Venice hotspot — but pause to look in the very first glass case of the bakery, where all of beautifully executed pastries, cakes, pies, galettes, and more reside. At breakfast, try a flaky tahini or ham and cheese croissant, and if the carrot cake is available, don’t miss out on a slice slathered in cream-cheese frosting.

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Röckenwagner Bakery, Café + Market

Classic German-influenced bakery Röckenwagner continues to make some of the city’s top European-style pastries and desserts at their Culver City location, as well as at farmers markets around town.

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Copenhagen Pastry

This Danish bakery has some of the best sweet treats in the city, with items like almondy kringles, raspberry Danishes, nougat crowns, braided cinnamon lines, and more, all for very fair prices.

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Little French Bakery

This charming little French patisserie and bakery in Redondo Beach comes from Guillaume and Deborah, who had previously served their specialties in farmers markets across LA. With everything from croissants to gorgeous fruit tarts, the South Bay spot is destined to become a neighborhood favorite.

Croissant from Little French Bakery in Redondo Beach.

Diamond Bakery

Classic Jewish bakery Diamond has been serving the Fairfax District neighborhood for something like 75 years. Making everything from honey cake and babka to colorful rugelach, it’s a fantastic place to load up on affordable baked goods for the family.

Baked goods from Diamond Bakery in Fairfax District.

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Sweet Red Peach

Popular Inglewood bakery Sweet Red Peach turns out some of the finest homestyle cakes and sweets in Los Angeles. There are classics like red velvet cake and carrot cake, but also glorious banana custard cups and birthday cake-style slices. Be prepared to wait for these excellent confections.

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Margarita Manzke oversees this complete baking and pastry operation at the former La Brea Bakery (and Campanile) space, resulting in fantastic renditions of French and American staples, from croissants and cookies to house-baked baguettes. It’s hard to go wrong with anything here. 

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The Pie Room by Curtis Stone at Gwen

This pandemic bakery first opened at celebrity chef Curtis Stone’s Beverly Hills restaurant Maude in lieu of the Michelin-star restaurant’s tasting menu. Now Stone has brought his Australian-style pastry and pie shop to the butcher counter at Gwen, serving heaping oxtail pies, seasonal savory vegetable pies, and stellar laminated pastries worthy of a Michelin star restaurant (Gwen was also awarded a star last year). Stone is also opening Pie Room at the buzzy Topanga Social at Westfield Topanga in Canoga Park.

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La Monarca Bakery

Homegrown bakery chain La Monarca serves up a wide variety of Mexican pastries and coffee at prices that make it an affordable stop for a sweet treat. Pair the pan dulce with a cold-brewed café de olla, prepared with cinnamon and panela, for an unbeatable pick-me-up on a hot summer day.

La Monarca Bakery & Cafe.

Artelice Patisserie

Stunning patisserie Artelice has some of the most beautiful, and technically sound, pastries and desserts in Los Angeles. With a full time patisserie in Burbank, as well as a weekend-focused outlet in Sawtelle Japantown, these are grand sweets that would elevate any afternoon tea or evening gathering. The pastries and croissants are excellent as well.

Various desserts and pastries from Artelice Patisserie.

Friends & Family

Daniel Mattern and pastry chef/baker Roxana Jullapat’s Thai Town restaurant Friends & Family is the perfect place to load up on some exceptional morning baked goods with a full roster of espresso drinks. Expanding wholesale operations means the sweet treats are easier to find at coffee shops around town.

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Proof Bakery

Now one of LA’s few employee-owned collective bakeries, this Atwater Village institution is an ideal meld between the best of classic European and American baking sensibilities. The croissants are as good as they get, but the seasonal, daily offerings aren’t worth missing either.

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Clark Street Bread

Once a mostly bread bakery turned daytime cafe, this thriving LA brand has everything for carb lovers, from cookies and viennoiserie to country loaves and more. One of the most reliable, best-quality artisan bakeries in the city.

A pile of croissants and assorted pastries with almonds on top.

Baker's Bench

Baker Jennifer Yee believed it was possible to make top-notch baked goods without butter. She’s succeeded with this weekend-only kiosk in Chinatown serving plant-based croissants and other baked specialities that are as gorgeous as they are delicious.

Golden croissants on a baking tray from Bakers Bench in Chinatown Los Angeles.

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Bub and Grandma's Restaurant

Popular Eastside bakery Bub & Grandma’s has a tight menu of croissants, donuts, and American-style diner sweets like chocolate cream pie at its Glassell Park restaurant. Expect flavors to hew toward classic and balanced versus overly sweet.

A lime pie topped with chiffon from Bub’s and Grandma.

La Mascota Bakery

Boyle Heights legend La Mascota continues to push the envelope after all these years, innovating their coffee program and updating their pastries for a rapidly changing neighborhood. Luckily the backbone of the place, from their conch shell cookies to their holiday tamales, remains as intact as ever.

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Pan Estilo Copala

Hidden in the back of a Compton home, this Copala-style panaderïa from talented bakers Aniceto and Nolberta Polanco might just be the best place for Guerrero-style pan dulces in the entire city of Los Angeles, thanks to six different kind of slow-rise doughs and a careful balance of sugary toppings and careful recipes that reflect their hometown tradition.

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Gusto Bread

From home baker to one of LA’s most popular Mexican-influenced bakeries, this Long Beach bakery from Arturo Enciso has become an LA institution in a matter of a few short years, making everything from crafted conchas and masa sweet bread to thoughtful baked loaves using organic flour.

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CAR Artisan Chocolate - Manufactory & Cafe

The name may be deceiving, but Pasadena-based chocolatier Haris Car makes what might be the best chocolate croissant in the city . Car took close to a year to meticulously develop the pastry, which is served warm, with a glossy, shatteringly crisp exterior. Inside each baked wonder is a trio of chocolate batons, sourced thoughtfully and ethically by Car himself.

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Deserts are areas that receive very little precipitation . People often use the adjectives “hot,” “dry,” and “empty” to describe deserts , but these words do not tell the whole story. Although some deserts are very hot, with daytime temperatures as high as 54°C (130°F), other deserts have cold winters or are cold year-round. And most deserts , far from being empty and lifeless, are home to a variety of plants, animals, and other organisms . People have adapted to life in the desert for thou sands of years. One thing all deserts have in common is that they are arid , or dry. Most experts agree that a desert is an area of land that receives no more than 25 centimeters (10 inches) of precipitation a year. The amount of evaporation in a desert often greatly exceeds the annual rainfall. In all deserts , there is little water available for plants and other organisms . Deserts are found on every continent and cover about one-fifth of Earth’s land area. They are home to around 1 billion people—one-sixth of the Earth’s population. Although the word “ desert ” may bring to mind a sea of shifting sand , dunes cover only about 10 percent of the world’s deserts . Some deserts are mountainous. Others are dry expanses of rock, sand , or salt flats . Kinds of Deserts The world’s deserts can be divided into five types—subtropical, coastal, rain shadow , interior, and polar. Deserts are divided into these types according to the causes of their dryness. Subtropical Deserts Subtropical deserts are caused by the circulation patterns of air masses . They are found along the Tropic of Cancer , between 15 and 30 degrees north of the Equator , or along the Tropic of Capricorn , between 15 and 30 degrees south of the Equator . Hot, moist air rises into the atmosphere near the Equator . As the air rises, it cools and drops its moisture as heavy tropical rains. The resulting cooler, drier air mass moves away from the Equator . As it approaches the tropics, the air descends and warms up again. The descending air hinders the formation of clouds , so very little rain falls on the land below. The world’s largest hot desert , the Sahara, is a subtropical desert in northern Africa. The Sahara Desert is almost the size of the entire continental United States. Other subtropical deserts include the Kalahari Desert in southern Africa and the Tanami Desert in northern Australia. Coastal Deserts Cold ocean currents contribute to the formation of coastal deserts . Air blowing toward shore , chilled by contact with cold water, produces a layer of fog . This heavy fog drifts onto land. Although humidity is high, the atmospheric changes that normally cause rainfall are not present. A coastal desert may be almost totally rainless, yet damp with fog . The Atacama Desert , on the Pacific shores of Chile, is a coastal desert . Some areas of the Atacama are often covered by fog . But the region can go decades without rainfall. In fact, the Atacama Desert is the driest place on Earth. Some weather stations in the Atacama have never recorded a drop of rain. Rain Shadow Deserts Rain shadow deserts exist near the leeward slopes of some mountain ranges . Leeward slopes face away from prevailing winds . When moisture-laden air hits a mountain range , it is forced to rise. The air then cools and forms clouds that drop moisture on the windward ( wind -facing) slopes. When the air moves over the mountaintop and begins to descend the leeward slopes, there is little moisture left. The descending air warms up, making it difficult for clouds to form. Death Valley , in the U.S. states of California and Nevada, is a rain shadow desert . Death Valley , the lowest and driest place in North America, is in the rain shadow of the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Interior Deserts Interior deserts , which are found in the heart of continents , exist because no moisture-laden winds reach them. By the time air masses from coastal areas reach the interior, they have lost all their moisture. Interior deserts are sometimes called inland deserts . The Gobi Desert , in China and Mongolia, lies hundreds of kilometers from the ocean. Winds that reach the Gobi have long since lost their moisture. The Gobi is also in the rain shadow of the Himalaya mountains to the south. Polar Deserts Parts of the Arctic and the Antarctic are classified as deserts . These polar deserts contain great quantities of water, but most of it is locked in glaciers and ice sheets year-round. So, despite the presence of millions of liters of water, there is actually little available for plants and animals. The largest desert in the world is also the coldest. Almost the entire continent of Ant arctica is a polar desert , experiencing little precipitation . Few organisms can withstand the freezing, dry climate of Ant arctica . Changing Deserts The regions that are deserts today were not always so dry. Between 8000 and 3000 BCE, for example, the Sahara had a much milder, moister climate . Climatologists identify this period as the “ Green Sahara .” Archaeological evidence of past settlements is abundant in the middle of what are arid , unproductive areas of the Sahara today. This evidence includes rock paintings, graves , and tools. Fossils and artifacts show that lime and olive trees, oaks, and oleanders once bloomed in the Sahara. Elephants, gazelles, rhinos, giraffes, and people used stream-fed pools and lakes. There were three or four other moist periods in the Sahara. Similar lush conditions existed as recently as 25,000 years ago. Between the moist periods came periods of dryness much like today’s. The Sahara is not the only desert to have dramatic climate change . The Ghaggar River , in what is now India and Pakistan, was a major water source for Mohenjo-daro , an urban area of the ancient Indus Valley Civilization . Over time, the Ghaggar changed course and now only flows during the rainy monsoon season. Mohenjo-daro is now a part of the vast Thar and Cholistan deserts . Most of Earth’s deserts will continue to undergo periods of climate change . Desert Characteristics Humidity —water vapor in the air—is near zero in most deserts . Light rains often e vaporate in the dry air, never reaching the ground. Rainstorms sometimes come as violent cloudbursts . A cloudburst may bring as much as 25 centimeters (10 inches) of rain in a single hour—the only rain the desert gets all year. Desert humidity is usually so low that not enough water vapor exists to form clouds . The sun’s rays beat down through cloudless skies and bake the land. The ground heats the air so much that air rises in waves you can actually see. These shimmering waves confuse the eye, causing travelers to see distorted images called mirages . Temperature extremes are a characteristic of most deserts . In some deserts , temperatures rise so high that people are at risk of dehydration and even death. At night, these areas cool quickly because they lack the insulation provided by humidity and clouds . Temperatures can drop to 4°C (40°F) or lower. In the Chihuahuan Desert , in the United States and Mexico, temperatures can vary by dozens of degrees in one day. Daytime temperatures in the Chihuahua can climb beyond 37°C (100°F), while nighttime temperatures can dip below freezing (0°C or 32°F).

Winds at speeds of about 100 kilometers per hour (60 miles per hour) sweep through some deserts . With little vegetation to block it, the wind can carry sand and dust across entire continents and even oceans. Windstorms in the Sahara hurl so much material into the air that African dust sometimes crosses the Atlantic Ocean. Sunsets on the Atlantic coast of the U.S. state of Florida, for example, can be tinted yellow. First-time visitors to deserts are often amazed by the unusual landscapes , which may include dunes , towering bare peaks, flat-topped rock formations, and smoothly polished canyons . These features differ from those of wetter regions, which are often gently rounded by regular rainfall and softened by lush vegetation . Water helps carve desert lands. During a sudden storm, water scours the dry, hard-baked land, gathering sand , rocks, and other loose material as it flows. As the muddy water roars downhill, it cuts deep channels, called arroyos or wadis . A thunderstorm can send a fast-moving torrent of water—a flash flood —down a dry arroyo . A flash flood like this can sweep away anything and anyone in its path. Many desert regions di scourage visitors from hiking or camping in arroyos for this reason. Even urban areas in deserts can be vulnerable to flash floods . The city of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, sits in the Arabian Desert . In 2011, Jeddah was struck by a sudden thunderstorm and flash flood . Roads and buildings were washed away, and more than 100 people died. Even in a desert , water and wind eventually wear away softer rock. Sometimes, rock is carved into tablelike formations such as mesas and buttes . At the foot of these formations, water drops its burden of gravel , sand , and other sediment, forming deposits called alluvial fans . Many deserts have no drainage to a river , lake, or ocean. Rainwater, including water from flash floods , collects in large depressions called basins . The shallow lakes that form in basins eventually e vaporate , leaving playas , or salt-surfaced lake beds. Playas , also called sinks, pans, or salt flats , can be hundreds of kilometers wide. The Black Rock Desert in the U.S. state of Nevada, for instance, is all that remains of the prehistoric Lake Lahontan. The hard, flat surface of desert salt flats are often ideal for car racing. In 1997, British pilot Andy Green set the land speed record in Black Rock Desert —1,228 kilometers per hour (763 miles per hour). Green’s vehicle, the ThrustSSC, was the first car to break the sound barrier . Wind is the primary sculptor of a desert ’s hills of sand , called dunes . Wind builds dunes that rise as high as 180 meters (590 feet). Dunes migrate constantly with the wind . They usually shift a few meters a year, but a particularly violent sandstorm can move a dune 20 meters (65 feet) in a single day. Sandstorms may bury everything in their path—rocks, fields, and even towns. One legend holds that the Persian Emperor Cambyses II sent an army of 50,000 men to the Siwa Oasis in western Egypt around 530 BCE. Halfway there, an enormous sandstorm swallowed the entire group. Archaeologists in the Sahara have been unsuccessfully looking for the “Lost Army of Cambyses” ever since. Water in the Desert Rain is usually the main source of water in a desert , but it falls very rarely. Many desert dwellers rely on groundwater , stored in aquifers below the surface. Groundwater comes from rain or other precipitation , like snow or hail. It seeps into the ground, where it can remain for thou sands of years. Underground water sometimes rises to the surface, forming springs or seeps. A fertile green area called an oasis , or cienega , may exist near such a water source. About 90 major, inhabited oases dot the Sahara. These oases are supported by some of the world’s largest supplies of underground water. People, animals, and plants all surround these oases, which provide stable access to water, food, and shelter. When groundwater doesn’t seep to the surface, people often drill into the ground to get to it. Many desert cities, from the American Southwest to the Middle East , rely heavily on such aquifers to fill their water needs. Rural Israeli communities called kibbutzim rely on aquifers to furnish water for crops and even fish farming in the dry Negev Desert .

Drilling into aquifers provides water for drinking, agriculture , industry , and hygiene . However, it comes at a cost to the environment. Aquifers take a long time to refill. If desert communities use groundwater faster than it is replenished, water shortages can occur. The Mojave Desert , in southern California and Nevada, for instance, is sinking due to aquifer depletion . The booming desert communities of Las Vegas, Nevada, and California’s “ Inland Empire ” are using water faster than the aquifer is being refilled. The water level in the aquifer has sunk as much as 30 meters (100 feet) since the 1950s, while the land above the aquifer has sunk as much as 10 centimeters (4 inches). Rivers sometimes provide water in a desert . The Colorado River , for instance, flows through three deserts in the American Southwest: the Great Basin , the Sonoran, and the Mojave. Seven states—Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona, and California—rely on the river for some of their water supply. People often modify rivers to help distribute and store water in a desert . The Nile River ecosystem dominates the eastern part of the Sahara Desert , for instance. The Nile provides the most reliable, plentiful source of freshwater in the region. Between 1958 and 1971, the government of Egypt constructed a massive dam on the Upper Nile (the southern part of the river , near Egypt’s border with Sudan). The Aswan Dam harnesses the power of the Nile for hydroelectricity used in in dustry . It also stores water in a manmade lake, Lake Nasser, to protect the country’s communities and agriculture against drought . Construction of the Aswan High Dam was a huge engineering project. Local desert communities can divert rivers on a smaller scale. Throughout the Middle East , communities have dug artificial wadis , where freshwater can flow during rainy seasons. In countries like Yemen, artificial wadis can carry enough water for whitewater rafting trips during certain times of the year. When deserts and water supplies cross state and national borders, people often fight over water rights . This has happened among the states in the Colorado River Basin , which have negotiated for many years over the division of the river ’s water. Rapidly expanding populations in California, Nevada, and Arizona have compounded the problem. Agreements that were made in the early 20th century failed to account for Native American water rights . Mexican access to the Colorado, which has its delta in the Mexican state of Baja California, was ignored. Desert agriculture , including cotton production, demanded a large portion of the Colorado. The environmental impact of dams was not considered when the structures were built. States of the Colorado River Basin continue to negotiate today to prepare for population growth, agricultural development , and the possibility of future droughts . Life in the Desert Plants and animals adapt to desert habitats in many ways. Desert plants grow far apart, allowing them to obtain as much water around them as possible. This spacing gives some desert regions a desolate appearance. In some deserts , plants have unique leaves to capture sunlight for photosynthesis , the process plants use to make food. Small pores in the leaves, called stomata , take in carbon dioxide . When they open, they also release water vapor . In the desert , all these stomata would quickly dry out a plant. So desert plants typically have tiny, waxy leaves. Cactuses have no leaves at all. They produce food in their green stems. Some desert plants, such as cactuses , have shallow, wide-spreading root systems . The plants soak up water quickly and store it in their cells . Saguaro cactuses , which live in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona and northern Mexico, expand like accordions to store water in the cells of their trunks and branches. A large saguaro is a living storage tower that can hold hundreds of liters of water. Other desert plants have very deep roots. The roots of a mesquite tree, for example, can reach water more than 30 meters (100 feet) underground. Mesquites , saguaros, and many other desert plants also have thorns to protect them from grazing animals . Many desert plants are annuals , which means they only live for one season. Their seeds may lie dormant for years during long dry spells. When rain finally comes, the seeds sprout rapidly. Plants grow, bloom, produce new seeds, and die, often in a short span of time. A soaking rain can change a desert into a wonderland of flowers almost overnight.

Animals that have adapted to a desert environment are called xerocoles . Xerocoles include species of insects, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Some xerocoles avoid the sun by resting in scarce shade. Many escape the heat in cool burrows they dig in the ground. The fennec fox, for example, is native to the Sahara Desert . Fennec fox communities work together to dig large burrows , some as large as 93 square meters (1,000 square feet). Dew can collect in these burrows , providing the foxes with fresh water. However, fennec foxes have adapted so they do not have to drink water at all: Their kidneys retain enough water from the food they eat. Most xerocoles are nocturnal . They sleep through the hot days and do their hunting and foraging at night. Deserts that seem desolate during the day are very active in the cool nighttime air. Foxes, coyotes, rats, and rabbits are all nocturnal desert mammals. Snakes and lizards are familiar desert reptiles. Insects such as moths and flies are abundant in the desert . Most desert birds are restricted to areas near water, such as river banks. However, some birds, such as the roadrunner, have adapted to life in the desert . The roadrunner, native to the deserts of North America, obtains water from its food. Some xerocoles have bodies that help them handle the heat. A desert tortoise’s thick shell insulates the animal and reduces water loss. Sand lizards, native to the deserts of Europe and Asia, are nicknamed “dancing lizards” because of the way they quickly lift one leg at a time off the hot desert sand . A jackrabbit’s long ears contain blood vessels that release heat. Some desert vultures urinate on their own legs, cooling them by e vaporation . Many desert animals have developed ingenious ways of getting the water they need. The thorny devil, a lizard that lives in the Australian Outback , has a system of tiny grooves and channels on its body that lead to its mouth. The lizard catches rain and dew in these grooves and sucks them into its mouth by gulping. Camels are very efficient water users. The animals do not store water in their humps, as people once believed. The humps store fat. Hydrogen molecules in the fat combine with inhaled oxygen to form water. During a shortage of food or water, camels draw upon this fat for nutrition and moisture. Dromedary camels, native to the Arabian and Sahara deserts , can lose up to 30 percent of their body weight without harm. Camels, nicknamed “ships of the desert ,” are widely used for transportation, meat, and milk in the Maghreb (a region in Northwest Africa), the Middle East , and the Indian Sub continent . People and the Desert About 1 billion people live in deserts . Many of these people rely on centuries-old customs to make their lives as comfortable as possible Civilizations throughout the Middle East and Maghreb have adapted their clothing to the hot, dry conditions of the Sahara and Arabian deserts . Clothing is versatile and based on robes made of rectangles of fabric. Long-sleeved, full-length, and often white, these robes shield all but the head and hands from the wind , sand , heat, and cold. White reflects sunlight, and the loose fit allows cooling air to flow across the skin. These robes of loose cloth can be adjusted (folded) for length, sleeves, and pockets, depending on the wearer and the climate . A thobe is a full-length, long-sleeved white robe. An abaya is a sleeveless cloak that protects the wearer from dust and heat. A djebba is a short, square pullover shirt worn by men. A kaffiyeh is a rectangular piece of cloth folded loosely around the head to protect the wearer from sun exposure, dust , and sand . It can be folded and unfolded to cover the mouth, nose, and eyes. Kaffiyehs are secured around the head with a cord called an agal . A turban is similar to a kaffiyeh , but wrapped around the head instead of being secured with an agal . Turbans are also much longer—up to six meters (20 feet)! Desert dwellers have also adapted their shelters for the unique climate . The ancient Anasazi peoples of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico constructed huge apartment complexes in the rocky cliffs of the Sonoran Desert . These cliff dwellings, sometimes dozens of meters off the ground, were constructed with thick, earthen walls that provided insulation . Although temperatures outside varied greatly from day to night, temperatures inside did not. Tiny, high windows let in only a little light and helped keep out dust and sand .

The need to find food and water has led many desert civilizations to become nomadic . Nomadic cultures are those that do not have permanent settlements. In the deserts of the Middle East and Asia, nomadic tent communities continue to flourish . Tent walls are made of thick, sturdy cloth that can keep out sand and dust , but also allow cool breezes to blow through. Tents can be rolled up and transported on pack animals (usually horses, donkeys, or camels). Nomads move frequently so their flocks of sheep and goats will have water and grazing land. Besides animals like camels and goats, a variety of desert vegetation is found in oases and along the shores of rivers and lakes. Figs, olives, and oranges thrive in desert oases and have been harvested for centuries. Some desert areas rely on resources brought from more fertile areas—food trucked in from distant farmlands or, more frequently, water piped from wetter regions. Large areas of desert soil are irrigated by water pumped from underground sources or brought by canal from distant rivers or lakes. The booming Inland Empire of southeastern California is made up of deserts (the Mojave and the Sonoran) that rely on water for agriculture , in dustry , and residential development. Canals and aqueducts supply the Inland Empire with water from the Colorado River , to the east, and the Sierra Nevada snowmelt to the north. A variety of crops can thrive in these irrigated oases. Sugar cane is a very water-intensive crop mostly harvested in tropical regions. However, sugar cane is also harvested in the deserts of Pakistan and Australia. Water for irrigation is transported from hundreds of kilometers away, or drilled from hundreds of meters underground. Oases in desert climates have been popular spots for tourists for centuries. Spas ring the Dead Sea, a saline lake in the Judean Desert of Israel and Jordan. The Dead Sea has had flourishing spas since the time of King David . Air transportation and the development of air conditioning have made the sunny climate of deserts even more accessible and attractive to people from colder regions. Populations at resorts like Palm Springs , California, and Las Vegas, Nevada, have boomed. Desert parks, such as Death Valley National Park, California, attract thou sands of visitors every year. People who migrate to the warm, dry desert for the winter and return to more temperate climates in the spring are sometimes called “ snowbirds .” In rural areas, hot days turn into cool nights, providing welcome relief from the scorching sun. But in cities, structures like buildings, roads, and parking lots hold on to daytime heat long after the sun sets. The temperature stays high even at night, making the city an “island” of heat in the middle of the desert . This is called the urban heat island effect. It is less pronounced in desert cities than cities built in heavily forested areas. Cities like New York City, New York, and Atlanta, Georgia, can be 5 degrees warmer than the surrounding area. New York was built on wetland habitat , and Atlanta was built in a wooded area. Cities like Phoenix, Arizona, or Kuwait City, Kuwait, have a much smaller urban heat island effect. They may be only slightly warmer than the surrounding desert . Deserts can hold economically valuable resources that drive civilizations and economies. The most notable desert resource in the world is the massive oil reserves in the Arabian Desert of the Middle East . More than half of the proven oil reserves in the world lie beneath the sands of the Arabian Desert , mostly in Saudi Arabia. The oil in dustry draws companies, migrant workers, engineers, geologists , and biologists to the Middle East . Desertification Desertification is the process of productive cropland turning into non-productive, desert -like environments. Desertification usually happens in semi- arid areas that border deserts . Human activities are a primary cause of desertification . These activities include overgrazing of livestock , deforestation , overcultivation of farmland, and poor irrigation practices. Overgrazing and de forestation remove plants that anchor the soil. As a result, wind and water erode the nutrient -rich topsoil . Hooves from grazing livestock compact the soil, preventing it from absorbing water and fertilizers . Agricultural production is devastated , and the economy of a region suffers.

The deserts of Patagonia , the largest in South America, are expanding due to desertification . Patagonia is a major agricultural region where non-native species such as cattle and sheep graze on grassland . Sheep and cattle have reduced the native vegetation in Patagonia , causing loss of valuable topsoil . More than 30 percent of the grasslands of Argentina, Chile, and Bolivia are faced with desertification . People often overuse natural resources to survive and profit in the short term, while neglecting long-term sustainability . Madagascar, for instance, is a tropical island in the Indian Ocean. Seeking greater economic opportunities, farmers in Madagascar engaged in slash-and-burn agriculture . This method relies on cutting and burning forests to create fields for crops . Unfortunately, at the time farmers were investing in slash-and-burn agriculture , Madagascar experienced long-term droughts . With little vegetation to anchor it, the thin topsoil quickly eroded . The island’s central plateau is now a barren desert . Rapid population growth also can lead to overuse of resources , killing plant life and depleting nutrients from the soil. Lake Chad is a source of freshwater for four countries on the edge of the Sahara Desert : Chad, Cameroon, Niger, and Nigeria. These developing countries use Lake Chad’s shallow waters for agriculture , in dustry , and hygiene . Since the 1960s, Lake Chad has shrunk to half its size. Desertification has severely reduced the wetland habitats surrounding the lake, as well as its fishery and grazing lands. Desertification is not new. In the 1930s, parts of the Great Plains of North America became the “ Dust Bowl ” through a combination of drought and poor farming practices. Millions of people had to leave their farms and seek a living in other parts of the country. Desertification is an increasing problem. Every year, about 6 million square kilometers (2.3 million square miles) of land become useless for cultivation due to desertification . The Sahara Desert crept 100 kilometers (39 miles) south between 1950 and 1975. South Africa is losing 300-400 million metric tons (330-441 short tons) of topsoil each year. Many countries are working to reduce the rates of desertification . Trees and other vegetation are being planted to break the force of the wind and to hold the soil. Windbreaks made of trees have been planted throughout the Sahel , the southern border region of the Sahara Desert . These windbreaks anchor the soil and prevent sand from invading populated areas. In China’s Tengger Desert , researchers have developed another way to control wandering dunes . They anchor the drifting sand with a gridlike network of straw fences. Straw is poked partway into the sand , forming a pattern of small squares along the contours of the dunes . The resulting fences break the force of the wind at ground level, stopping dune movement by confining the sand within the squares of the grid. New technologies are also being developed to combat desertification . “ Nanoclay ” is a substance sprayed on desert sands that acts as a binding agent. Nanoclay keeps the sand moist, clumping it together and preventing it from blowing away. Deserts Get Hotter Rising temperatures can have huge effects on fragile desert ecosystems . Global warming is the most current instance of climate change . Human activities such as burning fossil fuels contribute to global warming . In deserts , temperatures are rising even faster than the global average. This warming has effects beyond simply making hot deserts hotter. For example, increasing temperatures lead to the loss of nitrogen , an important nutrient , from the soil. Heat prevents microbes from converting nutrients to nitrates , which are necessary for almost all living things. This can reduce the already limited plant life in deserts . Climate change also affects rainfall patterns. Climate scientists predict that global warming will lead to more rainfall in some regions, but less rainfall in other places. Areas facing reduced precipitation include areas with some of the largest deserts in the world: North Africa (Sahara), the American Southwest (Sonoran and Chihuahuan), the southern Andes ( Patagonia ), and western Australia (Great Victoria). In literature and in legend, deserts are often described as hostile places to avoid. Today, people value desert resources and biodiversity . Communities, governments , and organizations are working to preserve desert habitats and increase desert productivity.

Devil of a Storm Dust devils are common in hot deserts. They look like tiny tornadoes, but they start on the ground rather than in the sky. When patches of ground get very hot, the heated air above them begins to rise and spin. This whirling column of hot air picks up dust and dirt. These spinning columns of dirt can rise hundreds of feet in the air.

Freak Floods Deserts are defined by their dryness. However, flash floods take more lives in deserts than thirst does.

Hot and Cold Deserts The largest hot desert in the world is the Sahara, which is 9 million square kilometers (3.5 million square miles). It isn't the hottest place on Earth, though. That distinction belongs to Death Valley, in California's Mojave Desert. The highest temperature on Earth was recorded there: 56.7 C (134.1 F). The largest polar desert is Antarctica, at 13 million square kilometers (5 million square miles). Antarctica boasts the lowest official temperature recorded on Earth: -89.2 C (-128.6 F), recorded on July 21, 1983.

Rising from the Ashes The desert city of Phoenix, Arizona, is named for the mythical desert bird that burns to death only to be reborn, rising from its own ashes. The city of Phoenix was built on top of the ruins of canals built by the Hohokam people between 500 and 1450 CE. The Hohokam used the canals to irrigate their crops. Modern-day residents also rely on an extensive canal system to provide irrigation.

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The Invention of Dessert

The English word “dessert” emerged in the seventeenth century, derived from the French verb “desservir.” But the concept has changed a lot since then.


For many people, it’s not a real dinner if there’s no dessert. That tradition, of finishing a meal with a little something sweet, has its origins in France. As French food scholar Maryann Tebben explains, the French dessert has been around for centuries, but it’s changed a lot over that time.

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French cookbooks from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance didn’t exactly feature dessert. Instead, they included recipes for entremets —“interval” dishes served between larger courses that could be either sweet or savory.

The word “dessert” emerged in the seventeenth century, derived from the French verb “ desservir, ” meaning “to clear the table” in English. Etiquette dictated that napkins and tablecloths be changed before the final course, which at the time was a delicate fruit course. In a courtly context, the course itself was known as “ le fruit, ” but the bourgeois renamed it “dessert.” After the French Revolution, the aristocratic “fruit” was fully replaced by “dessert.”

So, what did people eat for dessert at the end of their formal meals? According to Tebben, in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries it was mostly fruit-based treats, often using jams and preserves. A host might also serve cookies, marzipan, meringues, or frozen desserts.

Slowly, though, the flavor of desserts became less important than their visual presentation. The dessert course might consist of elegant metal and glass structures holding whole apples or plums. Other times, meticulously crafted sugar figures became the center of dessert displays and might not be eaten at all. Dessert specialists in the eighteenth century were supposed to understand architectural design and be capable of replicating it in sugar paste.

Tebben describes one such artisan who “crafted the severed head of Louis XV, a battle scene with soldiers and cannons, and the rock of Gibraltar out of sugar, all of it edible, but one can hardly imagine a dinner guest nibbling on a sugar soldier.” Indeed.

In the wake of the revolution, riots over sugar made decadent, decorative dessert sculptures politically unacceptable to elites. Instead, hosts served “individual desserts, with names and common forms that created a shared history rather than a specialized, singular visual effect,” Tebben writes.

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In the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century, technology and trade also opened up more possibilities for populist sweets. Sugar was more widely available, and mechanical refrigeration could keep butter at a consistent temperature, making pastry simpler. Banquets might still feature visually sensational desserts—like the three-tier, castle-shaped cake with lakes of jam and hazelnut boats described in Madame Bovary —but the guests actually ate this art. By the late nineteenth century, attractive and delicious desserts like almond cakes, cream puffs, and fruit tarts were a minor luxury available as a special treat even to the lower classes.

Today, of course, sugar is cheap enough that downscale, mass-produced versions of French confections are easily available to people all over the world—at significant cost to human health. Still, depending on your tastes, a creamy Ho Ho or Hostess fruit pie might feel like a real step up from a plum served on a fancy metal sculpture.

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Desert vs. Dessert: How to Choose the Right Word

Desert has three meanings and two pronunciations; dessert has just one of each

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There are good reasons why desert and dessert are two of the most frequently confused words in English. First, the only visual difference between them is the extra "s." Desert has three meanings and two pronunciations , while dessert has just one pronunciation and a single meaning that we all know and love.

How to Use 'Desert'

The noun desert (with stress on the first syllable ) refers to a dry, sandy region or any wasteland. The verb desert (stress on the second syllable) means to abandon or leave. Also, when people get what they deserve, they are said to have received their just deserts , again with the second syllable stressed but pronounced like desserts .

The first meaning, as an arid land, came to Middle English from an Old French and Latin term, desertum, meaning just that: a desert. The sense meaning to abandon came from deserter , an Old French word that came from the Latin deserere, meaning to "disjoin." The final meaning came from deserte , a Middle English and Old French word meaning deserve .

How to Use 'Dessert'

A dessert  (stress on the second syllable) is a sweet dish served at the end of a meal. The word comes from desservir , a Middle English and Old French word meaning "to clear the table," which is what happens after you finish that final course.

  • The man spent weeks lost in the desert , where his access to water was limited. Here desert is a noun meaning an arid land.
  • Soldiers who desert their posts during wartime can be court-martialed because they have broken military law. In this example, desert is a verb meaning to abandon or leave.
  • In fairy tales, the villains always receive their just deserts . This usage employs deserts as meaning what they deserve.
  • After dinner, I set the table with desser t plates and sliced the blueberry pie for a sweet finale.  This sentence uses desserts , the sweet end-of-meal treat.

Here are some tricks for remembering the difference between the three very similar but very different words:

  • The "ss" in dessert stands for "sweet stuff" or "strawberry shortcake."
  • "Desserts" spelled backward is stressed , which is how some people feel after they gorge themselves on sweets.
  • The Sahara, perhaps the best-known desert in the world, starts with a single "s," the same as desert.

The word for the barren desert , because the stress is on the first syllable, is rarely mistaken for the other uses of the word, in which the second syllable is stressed. The third use of desert, which is pronounced like dessert, is usually a plural and is most commonly used in the phrase "just deserts."

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Definition of desert

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Where does the phrase just deserts come from?

Why do we say that someone has gotten their just deserts ? Does this turn of phrase have anything to do with dessert (“a sweet food eaten at the end of a meal”) or desert (“a dry land with few plants and little rainfall”)? In fact, the phrase employs neither of these words. Instead, it uses a completely unrelated word that happens to be pronounced like the word for sweets and spelled like the one for a dry place: desert , meaning “reward or punishment deserved or earned by one’s qualities or acts.” This little-used noun is, as you might have guessed, related to the English verb deserve . It has nothing to do with arid, dry land, or with cookies and ice cream.

  • no-man's-land
  • defect (from)
  • castigation
  • chastisement
  • comeuppance

abandon , desert , forsake mean to leave without intending to return.

abandon suggests that the thing or person left may be helpless without protection.

desert implies that the object left may be weakened but not destroyed by one's absence.

forsake suggests an action more likely to bring impoverishment or bereavement to that which is forsaken than its exposure to physical dangers.

Examples of desert in a Sentence

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Word History

Middle English, "barren expanse of land (either wooded or arid), wasteland," borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, borrowed from Latin dēserta "unfrequented places, wilderness," noun derivative from neuter plural (feminine singular in Late Latin) of dēsertus "empty of people, uninhabited" — more at desert entry 2

Middle English desert, deserte "barren, uninhabited, deserted, forsaken," borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, borrowed from Latin dēsertus "empty of people, uninhabited," from past participle of dēserere "to part company with, abandon, leave uninhabited" — more at desert entry 3

borrowed from French déserter, going back to Old French, "to devastate, make uninhabited, abandon, leave," borrowed from Late Latin dēsertāre "to leave, abandon," frequentative of Latin dēserere "to part company with, abandon, leave uninhabited, leave in the lurch," from dē- de- + serere "to link together, join in a series" — more at series

Note: Note that Dictionnaire du Moyen Français divides deserter into two lemmas, assigning the senses "devastate, make uninhabited" to a derivative of desert "barren, uninhabited" (see desert entry 2 ) and the senses "abandon, leave" to a loan from Late Latin dēsertāre.

Middle English desert, dissert "fact of deserving reward or punishment, worthiness, merit," borrowed from Anglo-French desert, deserte, desserte "merit, reward, fact of deserving reward or punishment, wrongful conduct, reason, cause" (also continental Old & Middle French), derivative of deservir "to deserve, merit, earn, be entitled to" — more at deserve

Note: The derivation of Old French desert from deservir has been variously explained. Trésor de la Langue Française describes desserte as formed from the present tense base (i.e., the base lacking -v- ) of desservir ("Déverbal, formé sur le radical du présent de l'indicative de desservir "). P. Ruelle points in a different direction, judging both the Old French noun deserte and the adjective desert as a variant of the past participle deservi, descending from *desérvitum, a presumed by-form of classical dēservītum (see his "Notes sur le lexique des Isopets, " Romania, vol. 101, no. 401 [1980], pp. 77-78).

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

1603, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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Middle English desert "barren land," from early French desert (same meaning), derived from Latin deserere "to desert, abandon," from de- "from, away" and serere "to join together"

Middle English deserte "quality of being worthy of a reward or punishment," from early French desert (same meaning), from deservir "to deserve," from Latin deservire "to devote oneself to"

from French déserter "to desert, abandon," from Latin desertare (same meaning), derived from earlier deserere "to desert, abandon" — related to desert entry 1

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Learning to speak french fluently, accurately and idiomatically, be careful to not confuse “le dessert” and “le désert” in spoken french.

In one of my workshops on spoken French, I noticed that some English-speaking learners were saying (le) désert – with the “z” sound when referring to dessert, the sweet dish at the end of a meal. This is a big mistake. Le désert in spoken French is the desert, the empty expanse of sand. Think of le désert du Sahara “the Sahara desert.” The proper word for dessert is le dessert with an “s” sound and no accent on the first e.

Notice that the French and English words have exactly the same spelling. In fact, the English word comes from French. Interestingly, in North American English it took on the “z” sound despite the double s and differs from desert only by the accent on the second syllable and a small change in the first vowel.

Le désert in French has a number of associated words, There is the verb déserter used nearly exactly like “to desert.” And then the adjective désertique or “desert-like.”

When using le dessert be careful to not confuse it with la desserte . This actually happened to me when I first arrived in France. I read a sign saying Desserte du cimetière du père Lachaise and said to myself: “How strange, they will be serving dessert in the cemetery.”

La desserte is either a serving table in a dining room or a transportation service such as in les trains de desserte locale et régionale “local and regional service trains.”

La desserte comes from the verb desservir which, by the way, has nothing to do with the English verb “to deserve.” Desservir has a number of meanings. It can refer to clearing a table, as in Je vais desservir la table “I’ll clear the table.” It can also refer to the stops of a transportation service as in Cet autobus dessert Manhattan et Brooklyn “This bus serves Manhattan and Brooklyn.”

Stanley Aléong is a polyglot, author, musician, language coach in French, English and Spanish, language workshop facilitator and organizer of French-English conversation meetups in Montreal, Canada. He likes to share his passion for languages and believes that anybody can learn to speak a foreign language well with the right methods and tools. He has also invented a cool visual learning tool called the Essential French Wall Chart Calendar. Reach him at [email protected].

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A desert /'dezət/ is a large area of land where there is very little water or rain, no trees, and very few plants.

When people or animals desert /dɪ'zɜːt/ a place, they all leave it.

If you desert someone, you leave them and no longer help or support them.

Dessert /dɪ'zɜːt/ is sweet food served at the end of a meal.

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cake, pie, fruit, pudding, ice cream, etc., served as the final course of a meal.

British . a serving of fresh fruit after the main course of a meal.

Origin of dessert

Words that may be confused with dessert.

  • 1. desert , dessert
  • 2. deserts , desserts

Words Nearby dessert

  • dessert fork
  • dessert knife
  • dessertspoon
  • dessertspoonful
  • dessert wine Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use dessert in a sentence

Port or a fruit-forward cabernet can match a rich, custardy chocolate dessert .

The entrees of fresh seafood and decadent desserts left us, quite simply, marveling.

This soft and sweet dessert is the right ending for this light meal.

Mention this ubiquitous dessert , whose heyday was the ’80s and ’90s but is still going strong, and plenty of people will roll their eyes.

A dessert is always welcome, especially this simple, one-layer snacking cake.

The smell of grilled meat mixes with the exotic wafts of cinnamon tea served with a mush of sweet brown dessert .

It was popularized as a holiday dessert in 16th-century England and also is known as Christmas pudding or plum pudding.

If liquor and dessert are equally essential to you enjoying the holiday, at least choose your libation wisely.

dessert is a slice of melt-in-your-mouth treacle tart with a dollop of perfectly tart clotted cream.

“Oh God, that was so much fun,” Sheehy says, wedging a cookie between two heaping scoops of ice cream— dessert .

They 'ung 'im in the lamp chains right hover the dinin' table, and then finished the dessert .

When I came to serve the dessert Sally was watching me with her eagle eye and her mouth watering.

Between the pastry and the dessert , have salad and cheese placed before each guest.

Coffee follows the dessert , and when this enters, if your guests are gentlemen only, your duty is at an end.

She had submitted to giving up the salmon, but the devil himself should not cheat her out of her dessert .

British Dictionary definitions for dessert

/ ( dɪˈzɜːt ) /

the sweet, usually last course of a meal

mainly British (esp formerly) fruit, dates, nuts, etc, served at the end of a meal

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What are types of desserts?

According to The Free Dictionary , there are numerous different types of desserts. These can vary all around the world. Below is a brief list of different types of desserts. 

  •  compote, fruit compote – a dessert of baked or stewed fruit usually with sugar and sometimes gelatin
  •  mould, mold – a type of dish or dessert that is formed in or on a mold, often made with Jell-O or some other type of gelatin
  •  frozen dessert – any of many different kinds of desserts prepared by freezing
  •  sabayon, zabaglione – a foamy, light custard-like dessert that can be served hot or cold
  •  baked Alaska – a cake that is covered in ice cream and meringue, then quickly browned in an oven
  •  pud, pudding –  a British slang term for the dessert course of a meal
  •  ambrosia –  fruit dessert made up of bananas and oranges topped with shredded coconut
  •  whip – a dessert that is made of stiffly beaten egg whites or cream with sugar, which is usually flavored with fruit
  •  mousse – a rich, creamy, frothy dessert that is made with heavy cream and whipped egg whites 
  •  pavlova – a dessert that consists of a meringue base or cup which is then filled with fruit and whipped cream
  •  charlotte – a mold lined with crumbs or cake which is then filled with fruit, whipped cream or custard
  •  cheesecake
  •  dumpling – a dessert made by baking a pastry with fruit inside
  •  pudding – any of various types of soft, sweet desserts that are usually thickened with flour and baked, steamed or boiled
  •  tiramisu – an Italian dessert that consists of layers of sponge cake soaked in coffee and brandy or a coffee liqueur, which is then layered with mascarpone cheese and finally topped with grated chocolate
  •  peach melba – a dessert made of ice cream and peaches with a type of liqueur
  •  junket – a dessert that is made of sweetened milk that has been coagulated with rennet
  •  flan – an open pastry made of fruit or custard
  •  sillabub, syllabub – a sweetened cream that has been beaten with wine or liquor
  •  blancmange – a sweet amaretto (almond flavor) milk pudding thickened with gelatin or cornstarch. This dessert is usually molded. 
  •  crème brûlée

What are synonyms for the word dessert?

There are many different words in the English language that mean the same thing as the word dessert. These are called synonyms. Synonyms are a very useful device to know because they can help you avoid repeating the same word over and over again while also expanding your vocabulary. This list of synonyms for the word dessert is provided by Power Thesaurus . 

  •  sweet
  •  sweet course
  •  pudding
  •  confectionery
  •  confection
  •  goody
  •  tidbit
  •  last course
  •  frozen treat
  •  bonne bouche
  •  snack
  •  feast
  •  sugary food
  •  ice cream
  •  chocolate
  •  savory
  •  ambrosia
  •  gratification
  •  cookout
  •  specials
  •  sweet treat
  •  treat
  •  mousse
  •  pastry
  •  cookie
  •  custard
  •  sweetmeat
  •  afters
  •  blue plate
  •  sweets
  •  delicacy
  •  confiture
  •  candy
  •  luncheon
  •  final course
  •  dessert course
  •  sweetmeats
  •  course
  •  carryout
  •  fruit
  •  dainty
  •  sugarplum
  •  bonbons
  •  supper
  •  savories
  •  frozen dessert

Overall, the word dessert means a sweet treat served as the last course of a meal. This is usually served after dinner . This is usually made with a fair bit of sugar and can sometimes be served with coffee. Different types of desserts vary around the world. What is your favorite dessert to eat after dinner?

  • dessert: meaning, origin, translation | Word Sense 
  • Dessert – definition of dessert | The Free Dictionary  
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