Travelling all around the world certainly makes me hungry, and most of the time I like nothing better than to sample local desserts. On the “Dark Continent”, however, there are surprisingly few famous sweets, as dessert is not typically part of the meal time culture in Africa. Despite this, though, I still found 7 after-dinner treat to tempt you!
Ngalakh is found prominently around central parts of the continent (although believed to have originated in Senegal or Congo) and this sticky treat is made from the juices of the baobab tree.
Melktert (Milk Tart) is a firm favourite in South Africa. It possibly has its origins from Dutch colonial times. It consists of a sweet pastry crust with various creamy fillings, including of course plenty of fresh milk.
Destaye is a delicious Ethiopian dessert snack that I’ve seen eaten quite commonly as street food in Addis Ababa. These thin shells of dough usually contain such fillings as sweet raisins or even custard.
N’Dizi No Kastad has its origins in Tanzania in East Africa (specifically in Zanzibar) and is a scrumptious custard and banana pudding. The toppings on this dessert includes plenty of cinnamon and cloves, and can even consist of pineapple slices.
Malagasy Cake is one of the most famous sweets from Madagascar. It is a buttery, sugary, and floury treat that I couldn’t get enough of during my trip to Madagascar!
Malva Pudding is arguably the number one dessert in South Africa, with a very long and rich history. This pudding contains apricot jam and has a spongy and caramelised texture. It is usually served piping hot with fresh custard or jam.
Kaab el Ghzal (otherwise known as gazelle horns) are pastries from Morocco and other parts of Northern Africa that are filled with cream and other delights!