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.
The following recipes match this heart-warming novel perfectly. Enjoy!
Baked sweet potatoes (serves 2)
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)
150g dried dates
3tbsp sesame oil
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