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Baking Cakes in Kigali

Baking Cakes in Kigali by Gaile Parkin is set in Rwanda’s capital. Angel Tungaraza is a confectioner who runs a small business from her private home. She bakes cakes for her neighbours and friends and she shares her wordly wisdom while having a cup of tea.

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The following recipes match this heart-warming novel perfectly. Enjoy!

Baked sweet potatoes (serves 2)

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ingredients:
2 large sweet potatoes
200g sour cream

Pierce sweet potatoes with a fork and bake until tender (230° C), about 50 minutes. Cut a deep slit in the potatoes, open them and fill with sour cream. Serve hot!

Oasis praline (~30 pieces)

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ingredients:
150g dried dates
150g almonds
125g pistachios
100g breadcrumps
125g honey
3tbsp sesame oil
sugar
praline moulds

First, peel the dates and cut them into pieces. Roast almonds and pistachios in a small pan (without oil). Chop dates, almonds and pistachios in a mixer, then add breadcrumbs, honey and sesame oil until well blended.

Shape the mixture into small pralines (walnut-sized), roll in sugar and serve them in praline moulds with a cup of tea.

Baking Cakes in Kigali by Gaile Parkin
361 p., 2009, Atlantic Books
ISBN 1-84887-147-3  and ISBN 978-1-84887-147-2

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2 Comments

  1. I tried my hands on sweet potatoes once, but they tasted kind of funky. Sweet but also savory, and not in the good way :S How would you season a sweet potatoe? Is it enough to use salt and pepper, or is there a “secret ingredient” i haven’t found yet?

    Best,
    Biene
    http://lettersandbeads.de

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    • Hi Biene,
      I know, sweet potatoes have that special taste… i think salt and pepper should be enough. Maybe you should just give it another try?
      Thanks for your visit! :)
      Mona

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