Desserts: Additional Recipes

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COCONUT ICE CREAM BALL IN STRAWBERRY-PINEAPPLE SAUCE

Spoon out 8 3-inch scoops VANILLA ICE CREAM, rounding them to make large balls.

Roll the balls quickly in SHREDDED COCONUT until completely coated.

Place on a small tray side by side and refreeze.

In a 1-quart bowl:

Combine: 1 8-oz. jar STRAWBERRY JAM and

1 8-oz. jar PINEAPPLE JAM.

Thin to sauce consistency with 1/4 to 1/2 cup ANY SWEET WINE or BRANDY.

Place 3 to 4 Tbs. sauce in bottom of compote dish.

"Sit" the coconut ball in the sauce.


FOOLS

The term "fool" (also the Egyptian word for lentils) comes from the English and means essentially a fruit puree folded into a soft custard or whipped cream. You may begin with any good custard recipe, vanilla pudding, or whipped cream. Use one part custard or cream to one part pureed, mashed, or cut fruit. Below are three Fools from Ghana, Liberia, and Nigeria.


In a 1-quart bowl:

Sprinkle: 1/4 cup CONFECTIONERS' SUGAR over

1 cup STRAWBERRIES cut in quarters.

In a 1-quart bowl:

Beat: 1 cup HEAVY CREAM with

3-4 Tbs. PORT or MADEIRA WINE
1/4 cup CONFECTIONERS' SUGAR, until stiff.

Fold whipped cream into strawberries.

Pile high in footed sherbet glasses.

Garnish each with one whole strawberry.


In a 2 quart bowl:

Fold: 2 cups STEWED PEACHES (drained, pureed, and cooled) into

2 cups CUSTARD, boiled, or VANILLA PUDDING (from a mix) cooled to room temperature.

In a 2-quart double boiler:

Dissolve: 1 cup PEANUT BUTTER in

3 1/2 cups MILK with
1/2 cup SUGAR.

Stir thoroughly and heat to scalding point.

Add to 5 large EGGS beaten slightly.

Return to double boiler and cook over hot water until mixture coats the spoon.

Place 2 Tbs. CHOPPED PEANUTS in bottom of champagne glasses.

Pour the custard over the peanuts and chill.

Top with WHIPPED CREAM or MERINGUE sprinkled with chopped peanuts.


ORANGE-CHOCOLATE PARFAIT "L'AFRIQUE"

In a whiskey-sour glass:

Place: 2 Tbs. CHOCOLATE SAUCE

1 scoop CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM
1 scoop RASPBERRY SHERBET
1 scoop ORANGE SHERBET

Add 2 Tbs. CHOCOLATE SAUCE.

Top with: WHIPPED CREAM and

2 MANDARIN ORANGE SLICES as a garnish.

RAINBOW PARFAIT

It is my belief that parfaits are best made to order. If you must prepare ahead of time, freeze before adding the whipped cream.

In a tall cold parfait glass:

Place: 2 Tbs. STRAWBERRIES or RASPBERRIES fresh or frozen and thawed

1 small scoop RASPBERRY SHERBET
1 small scoop LIME SHERBET
3 Tbs. STRAWBERRIES or RASPBERRIES
1 small scoop VANILLA ICE CREAM to fill glass to the brim.

Swirl WHIPPED CREAM on top. (If you're ambitious use a pastry bag to make a large star.)

Garnish whipped cream with MULTICOLORED SPRINKLES or CHOCOLATE SPRINKLES (purchased at grocery store).

Serve immediately.


LEOPARD ICE CREAM

Experiment with combinations of ice creams to obtain interesting effects and use unusual stemmed glasses (such as bar glasses) for serving. Here are some ideas:

Soften 1 quart FRENCH VANILLA ICE CREAM until it is in a workable but not melted state.

Fold in 1 cup PEANUT BUTTER, blending in 1 tsp. at a time to give the effect of leopard spots.

Refreeze.


MANGO ICE CREAM

Soften 1 quart FRENCH VANILLA ICE CREAM as above

Fold in 1 cup MANGOS, cut in thin, 2-inch-long slices to give stripe effect.

Refreeze.


CINNAMON-COCONUT-SWIRL ICE CREAM

Soften 1 quart FRENCH VANILLA ICE CREAM as above.

Fold in: 2 Tbs. CINNAMON and

1 cup SHREDDED COCONUT, streaking both through the ice cream.

Refreeze.


AVOCADO ICE CREAM

Soften 1 quart PISTACHIO ICE CREAM as above.

Fold in 2 cups AVOCADO cut in 1/2-inch cubes or slices. A striking contrast.

Refreeze.


BAKED BANANAS GABON

Cut 8 BANANAS in three uniformly diagonal pieces.

Beat: 1 EGG lightly with

2 Tbs. ORANGE JUICE.

Dip bananas in egg mixture, then in

1/2 cup BREAD CRUMBS.

Heat 1/2 cup VEGETABLE OIL in a saute pan.

Saute the bananas only until they begin to brown lightly.

Place on a cookie sheet pan with a spatula and bake at 350' for 5 minutes.

Serve 1 banana per guest in compote dishes topping each with:

3 Tbs. SOUR CREAM sprinkled with
1 Tbs. BROWN SUGAR.

There are many variations which can be tried using the basic recipe above. Bananas may be dipped into the egg mixture, then in shredded coconut and baked for five minutes. Or you may use chopped peanuts instead of coconut. Or you may want to blend cracker crumbs with curry powder and cayenne pepper and proceed as above. All of these work well as accompaniments to any meat dish or may be used as dessert.


ACCRA BANANA PEANUT CAKE

In a 2 quart bowl:

Sift: 4 cups ALL-PURPOSE FLOUR

1/4 cup CAKE FLOUR
4 tsp. BAKING POWDER
1 tsp. SALT
1/2 tsp. BAKING SODA

In a 3-quart bowl:

Cream: 10 oz. BUTTER OR MARGARINE with

2 cups SUGAR.

Blend in 4 EGGS lightly beaten.

Fold the dry ingredients above alternately with:

8 MASHED BANANAS and
1/2 cup PEANUTS, coarsely chopped.

Bake in a greased 9 x 12-inch baking pan at 350' for 30 minutes.

Test with a toothpick. When toothpick comes out dry, cake is done.

Combine: 1/2 cup SUGAR with

1 tsp. CINNAMON.

Sprinkle cake with cinnamon mixture as cake comes out of the oven.


MANGO-BANANA SUNDAE

Combine: 1 MANGO peeled, and chopped it finely.

2 BANANAS peeled, and chopped finely.

Add: 2 Tbs. LEMON JUICE and

1/2 cup PINEAPPLE or ORANGE JUICE.

Place 1 scoop VANILLA ICE CREAM in a sundae dish or sherbet glass.

Pour 3 to 4 Tbs. MANGO-BANANA SAUCE over the ice cream. Serve.


BRANDIED APRICOT SUNDAE

Puree 2 cups STEWED APRICOTS. Drain the liquid.

Add: 1/2 cup SUGAR

1/4 cup APRICOT BRANDY or COGNAC.

Serve as above.


MONROVIAN COCONUT PIE

This Monrovian pie is not a custard pie-it is made primarily of coconut, which absorbs the milk and eggs. Use fresh coconut if possible and grate it into long shreds. You haven't really tasted coconut pie until you've tried this one!

Line a 9-inch pie pan with PIE CRUST. (Follow directions for packaged pie crust.)

Bake the pie shell for 5 minutes or until partially brown.

In a 3 quart bowl:

Cream: 6 oz. BUTTER (use 11/2 4-oz. sticks) with

1/2 cup SUGAR until smooth.

Add 2 LARGE EGGS well beaten, and blend together.

Add: 2 cups GRATED COCONUT (if packaged, use moist)

1 cup MILK
1 tsp. VANILLA
1/4 tsp. BAKING SODA.

Pour into partially baked pie shell.

Cover the top with strips of crust in two directions.

Flute the edges.

Bake at 350F for 40 minutes or until golden brown.


CARAMEL BANANAS

In a small skillet:

Heat: 1/2 cup WHITE SUGAR

1 cup LIGHT BROWN SUGAR
3 Tbs. EVAPORATED MILK
2 Tbs. BUTTER.

Cook until sugar caramelizes (i.e., melts and starts to turn brown).

Stir in 2 oz. WHITE RUM and cool.

Slice 4 BANANAS.

Arrange 1/2 BANANA per person in compote dish.

Spoon 3 to 4 Tbs. CARAMEL SAUCE over bananas.

Sprinkle 1 to 2 tsp. CHOPPED PEANUTS over caramel sauce.


PASSION FRUIT BAVARIAN CREAM

Passion-fruit juice may be obtained in gourmet food and specialty shops. If not available, use apricot nectar.

Dissolve: 1 7 1/2-oz. package ORANGE GELATIN DESSERT in

1 1/2 cups BOILING WATER.

Add 2 cups PASSION-FRUIT JUICE.

Chill until mixture begins to set. Stir well

Whip 1 cup HEAVY CREAM until stiff.

Fold whipped cream into the partially stiffened gelatine.

Pile Iightly into wine glasses.

Decorate with a mound of toasted coconut in center of each dessert.


PEANUT MOUSSE

Dissolve: 1 package (3 3/4 oz.) LEMON-FLAVORED GELATIN

2 cups HOT WATER.

Blend in 1/2 cup PEANUT BUTTER.

Fold in: 6 EGG WHITES beaten stiff and

1 cup WHIPPED CREAM.

Pour into stemmed glasses and chill.

Place 2 Tbs. WHIPPED CREAM on the mousse.

Top each with 1 tsp. CHOCOLATE SPRlNKLES or CHOCOLATE SHAVINGS.


TROPICAL WHIP

There is no end to the variety of Tropical Whips you can make using different fruits in different combinations. Use the same proportions as in this recipe and you will have a lovely dessert. We found this particular recipe in Liberia but they are equally as popular in East and South Africa.

In an electric blender or mixer:

Beat: EGG YOLKS with

1/4 cup SUGAR until light.

Add: 4 MASHED BANANAS

2 cups CRUSHED Pineapple (16-oz. can)
1 cup ORANGE JUICE
1/2 cup SHREDDED COCONUT.

Pour into freezer pans and freeze until mushy.

Beat 4 EGG WHITES until stiff.

Add 1/4 cup SUGAR.

Beat to meringue consistency.

Fold into fruits, and freeze until firm.

Serve in dessert (or stemmed bar) glasses topped with:

WHIPPED CREAM and
MARASCHINO CHERRIES with stems.

KASHATA NA NAZI

In a medium-sized heavy iron skillet:

Melt 2 cups SUGAR stirring constantly until it is melted.

While the sugar is still white:

Add: 2 cups MOIST COCONUT (canned)

1 tsp. CINNAMON
1/2 tsp. SALT.

Stir hard for about 30 seconds.

Pour into a 12 x 9-inch pan which has been lined with waxed paper.

Cut into 1 1/2-inch squares or diamonds while still hot.

Cool until the Kashatas are set.

GROUNDNUT KASHATAS may be made by following the directions above but using roasted unsalted peanuts, chopped or whole, instead of coconut. Or you may wish to use half peanuts and half coconut for GROUNDNUT AND COCONUT KASHATAS. In Tanzania Kashatas are a great favorite in the market place and in Tanzanian homes they are served at tea time instead of cakes or cookies.


BANANAS GHANA

Cut 8 medium BANANAS in half lengthwise and then crosswise.

Blend: 1/4 cup SUGAR and

1 tsp. CINNAMON and

Dip the bananas in this mixture until coated.

Place the four quarters cut side down, side by side, in a 9-inch round or square ovenproof dish.

Blend: 1 cup ORANGE JUlCE with

3 Tbs. CURACAO or APRICOT BRANDY.

Pour juice over all the bananas.

Bake at 350' for 20 minutes, basting with the juice if required.

Sprinkle 4 Tbs. SHREDDED COCONUT or CHOPPED PEANUTS over the top.

Serve piping hot directly from baking dish.

Pass a bowl of SWEETENED SOUR CREAM (use brown sugar) as a garnish.


SWEET ORANGES CONGO

Peel 4 CALIFORNIA ORANGES (thick skinned), cut in 1 inch slices then in 1/2-inch squares.

Add: 1 cup CHOPPED DATES

1/2 cup CHOPPED PEANUTS
1/3 cup APRICOT BRANDY or CURACAO.

Blend all together.

Divide 1 cup MOIST SHREDDED COCONUT into 8 dessert sauce dishes (2 Tbs. or 1 oz. each).

Make a hole in the center of the coconut so that it forms a rim.

Fill centers with ORANGES CONGO, dividing above mixture evenly.

Add more brandy or orange juice if the mixture is not moist enough.

If you need a dessert in a hurry, prepare this dessert with canned mandarin oranges.

Another variation is to stuff baked apples with the above mixture when they are about half done.


BRANDY SNAPS

Brandy Snaps are sensational cookies, originally introduced by the British. Never have we tasted Brandy Snaps like those made by the chef of the Outspan Hotel! Since the Nyerian chef makes 100 at a time, we cut his recipe down by three-quarters. However, after you make them once or twice, you may be making them 100 at a time, too.

In a pot:

Combine: 4 oz. BUTTER

1/2 cup SUGAR
1/2 cup CORN SYRUP
1/2 tsp.GROUND GINGER.

Stir over heat until well mixed.

Cool for 10 minutes.

Add 1/3 cup ALL-PURPOSE FLOUR and blend into mixture.

Pour mixture by spoonfuls into flat greased pan 3 to 4 inches apart.

Bake at 350F until snaps flatten.

Remove carefully with spatula and, when slightly cooled.

Roll up into a tube.

Combine: 3 Tbs. BRANDY with

1 pint WHIPPED CREAM.

Stuff tubes with whipped cream using a pastry bag.


Extracts from: Bea Sandler. The African Cookbook. Diane & Leo Dillon (Illust.). New York: Carol Publishing Group, 1993.

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