Delicious African Desserts

The Pièce De Résistance of Any African Meal

No African meal is truly complete without one of our favorite tasty African desserts. 

African desserts are varied and simple to make. Many are naturally sweet and refreshing. You should have no problem replicating the dishes since most ingredients are readily available. 

African dessert recipes will tantalize your taste buds and leave you with savory memories you'll want to return to again and again.

One popular South African dessert is malva pudding. It is composed of a spongy cake and a sweet sauce. So yummy!

How to Make South African Malva Pudding

Pudding Ingredients

1 cup caster sugar

1 1/2 tbs soft unsalted butter

1/4 cup apricot jam

1 egg

1 cup milk

2 tsp white vinegar

1 tsp vanilla bean paste

1 cup plain flour

1 tsp baking soda

Pinch of salt 

Sauce Ingredients

1/4 cup hot water

1 cream or evaporated milk

1/2 cup caster sugar

1/3 cup soft unsalted butter

Lightly whipped cream or crème anglaise, to serve

Baking Time

Bake at 325 F for 40-45 minutes

Contrary to what some believe, African desserts are a frequent accompaniment to traditional African meals.

In Africa and south of the Sahara, the African fruit salad is the most popular dessert and is served across all cultures and regions therein. It's one of our favorites.

African Fruit Salad

African fruit salads are made from fruits like:

  • Pineapple
  • Papaya
  • Banana
  • Tropical oranges
  • Horned melon
  • Mangoes
  • Coconuts
  • Soursop fruit, etc.  

African Fruit Salad DessertAfrican Fruit Salad
African melon and pineapple skewers

The fruit is diced and served with homemade yogurt or milk and honey or some other dressings where available.

The selection of tropical fruits available on the African continent make desserts easy to include at mealtime with little effort.

Traditionally many African desserts are prepared from blend of freshly harvested fruits from the back garden or the evening market. 

Also, popular are homemade yogurts like Nuonu, natural sweet drinks such as those found in Northern Nigeria, roasted fruits like ripe plantain (bolie), and cakes and pastries like quaka and Ikaara in Southern Nigeria.

On the other hand, North African desserts are mainly prepared from dried fruits and raisins, cakes, pastry and milk drinks. See what I mean? The desserts are varied, but they are all DELICIOUS!

African Sweet Rice

  • 1 cup white rice
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup butter
  • Pinch of salt
  • Grated nutmeg
  • Grated cinnamon
African Sweet Rice DessertAfrican Sweet Rice

Cook rice. Add milk sugar, butter and salt. Cook to boiling over low heat, stirring often. Remove and serve in bowls. Sprinkle with nutmeg and/or cinnamon.

South African Koeksisters

South African Koeksister DessertSouth African Koeksisters

How to Make Koeksisters

Pastry Ingredients

1 1/2 cups pastry flour

4 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

4 tsp butter 

2/3 cup cream milk 

Oil for frying

Syrup Ingredients

1 cup water 

2 1/2 cups sugar

2 1/2 tsp lemon juice

1 tsp vanilla essence or...

... 4/5 slices fresh ginger and cinnamon

More African Desserts

  • South African Milk Tart
  • Plantain Pancakes
  • African Soetkoekies
  • Coconut Ice

  • Peppermint Crisp Tart
  • Guava Ice Cream
  • Mandazi (African Doughtnut)
  • Hertzoggies

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