The festive season is here again and along with it comes good cheer and merry making with family and loved ones. There’s a lot of food to be eaten this Holiday season which is why desserts will be playing an all important role at every family dinner this December. To top off your delicious holiday meals here are 3 ‘easy to make’ Ghanaian dessert recipes, guaranteed to make your Christmas merrier.
‘Nkate’ Cake – Peanut Brittle
- 1 cup of sugar (this depends on the serving you are aiming for)
- Roasted peanuts
- Remove the peanut husk and slightly crush them by using a small mortar and pestle, the ‘asanka’ pot works just fine.
- Dissolve sugar with water and stir until it is uniformly mixed.
- Pour mixture into a saucepan and allow to boil for 5 – 10 minutes to get the caramel mix.
- Once the caramel is a good shade of brown, add the peanuts and stir in order to coat them very well. Make sure not to burn the caramel mix.
- Pour the peanut and caramel mixture into a tray aligned with greased paper.
- Carefully spread out and press down firmly with the back of a wooden spoon or spatula until about 1/5 to 3/4 of a centimeter thick.
- Allow to cool slightly then cut up into rectangles.
Condensed Milk Toffee
- A tin of condensed milk
- Melt a tablespoon of butter in a saucepan on the stove and pour in the tin of condensed milk.
- Stir mixture until it becomes thick and turns into a shade of golden brown.
- Spread a little butter on a clean chopping board and spread the candy on it. Allow it to cool for about 3-5 minutes.
- Use a rolling pin to roll it and cut them into desirable shapes.
Ripe Plantain Cake
- Three large ripe plantains
- 6 eggs
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- Preheat oven to 190 degrees celsius.
- Peel plantains. Combine all ingredients in a blender or large food processor and blend until smooth.
- Pour into well-seasoned and oiled 12-inch cast iron pan (or 9 inch round cake pan) and bake for 30 minutes. A good serving suggestion is to get some whipped cream to top it off.
These recipes are fun, delicious and most importantly, easy to make Ghanaian recipes. Get the family together this Christmas and try them out. You’ll definitely be making them more than once. Happy Holidays!
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