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vánočka Czech Republic

A braided, lightly sweetened and egg-enriched loaf traditional for Christmas.  Nowadays these are available year-round.  vánočka

verrine France

The verrine (from the word “verre,” glass) is essentially a sort of fancy parfait popularized by Pierre Hermé and other French chefs in the first decade of the 2000s.  Typically, it consists of several levels of mousse, pastry cream, sponge cake, etc. layered in a transparent glass.

vizcocho Spain

See sponge cake.

wagashi Japan

The term for traditional Japanese sweets.  The term is typically reserved for high-grade, elaborate confections while the more general term for snacks (including wagashi) is okashiWagashi tend to be made from traditional Japanese ingredients such as rice, beans, kanten (agar-agar), kuzu, sweet potatoes, sugar and fruit.  These ingredients may be steamed, boiled, kneaded or dried.

Windtorte Austria

A large, crisp meringue shell designed to look like a cake, typically filled with fruit and whipped cream.  The name seems to originate with 18th century meringue cookies called Spanische Winde a German term that referred to both the cookies and morning glories.  Presumably the white cookies bore some resemblance to the flowers.