Easy Kenyan desserts and sweets you can make at home

Kenyan dessert recipes are easy to make and use simple ingredients that you can find in your local grocery store. Here are some of the best and popular Kenyan dessert recipes to complete your Kenyan ethnic cooking.

Maandazi (Sweet Donut)

Ingredients (makes about 30 pieces)

1 cup butter (or margarine)
5 tbsp sugar
2 large eggs, beaten
½cup milk
6 ground cardamom seed
2 tsp baking powder
4 ½ cups all purpose wheat flour
½ cup water
6 cups vegetable oil

Mix and whisk together margarine and sugar. Add eggs and milk and mix. Add the cardamom and baking powder, then add the flour and water. If the dough is sticky, add more flour. Knead well until the dough is smooth and soft. Cut the dough into 3 balls and roll out each to about 12 inches in diameter and ¼ inch thick. Slice into 2-inch strips and cut into squares.

Heat the oil in a deep frying pan. To test if the oil is hot enough, drop in one mandaazi. If it sinks then floats to the top, the oil is ready. Cook the maandazi a few pieces at a time (do not overcrowd them) in the pan. Turn them often until they are golden brown. Remove from the pan, drain and cool. Serve with hot milk, coffee or tea (chai).

Tropical Fruit Dessert

Ingredients (6 servings)
1 large pawpaw, peeled, seeded, and cubed
2 large bananas, sliced
4 passion fruits
Juice of 1 lime or ½ lemon

Scoop the passion fruit into a large bowl. Add the pawpaw, and bananas. Toss together gently. Pour the lemon or lime and toss again. Serve into small fruit bowls.

Coconut and Sweet Potato Pudding

Ingredients (serves 6)
1 cup fresh ground coconut
1 ½ cups sweet potatoes , boiled or mashed
2 eggs
¾ cup sugar
¾ cup milk
½ cup water
4 tbsp melted butter
½ tsp mixed spices
½ tsp cinnamon

Mix sugar, sweet potatoes and coconut together with a spoon until smooth. Add butter, milk, and water and beat thoroughly. Beat the eggs slightly, then gradually beat them into the mixture. Add the spices and cinnamon. Continue beating until the mixture is creamy and very smooth. Pour the mixture into a greased dish and bake for 30 minutes in a hot oven, until golden brown. You can serve it hot or cold.

Fruit with Chocolate Sauce

Ingredients (4 servings)
½ pawpaw, cubed
3 bananas, sliced
½ pineapple, cut into chunks
1 cup orange juice
1/3 cup powdered drinking chocolate or chocolate milk powder
Warm water
1 cup vanilla

Mix the fruit together and add the juice. Let it stand for several hours at room temperature, mixing and coating the fruit with the juice occasionally. Make a light chocolate sauce by mixing the chocolate powder with a small amount of warm water. Divide the fruit and juice between 4 glass bowls. Add ¼ cup ice cream to each bowl and top with 1 full tablespoon of the chocolate sauce.

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