Don’t wave the dessert menu away! A good dessert in Madrid is a slice of heaven to cap off a fine dinner, and is preferably accompanied by strong coffee, mint tea or sweet dessert wine. On Madrid’s menus you will likely be tempted with Spanish dessert specialties like flan with caramel sauce, slices of cheese served with quince paste, sweet fritters with hot chocolate sauce and ice cream, rice pudding, cuajada milk curd with honey, almond cake sprinkled with powdered sugar, wine or milk soaked French toast, vanilla or chocolate pudding, and small cups of fruit salad. Otherwise, international desserts are well represented in the Spanish capital with excellent renditions of Italian tiramisu and gelato, French crème brulee and tarts, American cheesecake and cookies, Chilean alfajores and others. There’s no need to count calories tonight either; consider that sweet Spanish dessert a required cultural experience in Madrid. We won’t tell. Although, if you don’t think you have room in your stomach now after that big meal, you can certainly buy a dessert for later from one ofMadrid’s more informal dessert places that better cater to taking food out.