If you’re just dipping your toes (or your spatula) into baking, one way to trick anyone into thinking you’ve been baking for years is by pulling out an international dish. These African baking recipes are easy to create and make you look like you know your way around baking. Here are 10 African recipes for the beginning baker.
This bright and summery bread can be served for breakfast, lunch or as a snack. It gets its pretty color from the cheddar cheese and spring onions, and is moist from the buttermilk. The chilli sauce and dried bacon give it a spicy and smoky flavor. Try this with a little melted butter and honey on top.
Malva pudding is a dessert staple in many parts of Africa, and you’ll see why. It’s fluffy, moist, devilishly sweet, and sits in a puddle of sauce so incredible you’ll wish you could eat your cereal with it every morning. Even though it’s a three-part recipe — bread, pudding sauce and custard — each part is simple with very few ingredients.
West African sugar cookies are usually eaten at teatime in Senegal, but they’re a tasty treat to bring to a party. The recipe is pretty straightforward—similar to an ordinary sugar cookie but with a little lemon zest and coconut flavor. The standout quality is the funky shapes of the cookies, meant to resemble ears! If you can get over that fact, you’ll love these flaky cookies covered in powdered sugar.
These are little toasted squares of rolled oats, coconut and honey. They’re a children’s favorite in South Africa, and super easy to make. They are basically what happen when an oatmeal cookie marries a granola bar.
These may not be traditional African baked goods, but they come from one of our favorite Nigerian food blogs, DobbysSignature.com and we just had to highlight them. Kids will love helping you make these sweet, salty and crunchy treats. Essentially, they’re simple cookie dough, rolled in cornflakes, sweetened with vanilla and baked. What’s not to love?
These are a South African favorite and take just 30 minutes to prepare and bake. They’re delicious, crispy almond-batter cookies with almond bits on top. They’re full of great spices like ginger, cinnamon and cloves so they’re obviously a holiday treat.
If you love key lime pie then you’ll love pawpaw pie. Pawpaw is a common name for papaya in Africa, and in this pie, the papaya is boiled, mashed up and cooled inside of a pie crust. It’s sweet, smooth, tangy and tropical. It’s one of the most simple homemade pies you can make.
This is a popular dessert in Liberia, where sweet potatoes are usually white on the inside with orange skins, but you can use regular sweet potatoes as well. This recipe comes out like a sweet potato bread pudding — how yummy does that sound?
A braai is like a South African barbecue, and people have them almost weekly. Braai bread is exactly what you want fresh-baked bread to look like— as if it came from a hearth. The recipe calls for nutty wheat and whatever type of cubed cheese you like, giving it an amazing dense texture that’s still moist and flavorful.
This recipe is wonderfully simple and light. It will fill your kitchen with heavenly smells and impress guests. If you’re tired of baked apples, or just want a baked fruit dessert for the summertime, you’ll love this creamy dessert of bananas baked in butter, brown sugar and lemon juice, topped with toasted coconut.