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Tanzanian cuisine,
recipes prepared by the Happy Chief Cook

  1. Cake with African Fruit
  2. N'Dizi Na Kastad (Banana pudding)



Cake with African Fruit. A recipe from Tanzania prepared by the Happy Chief Cook.

The cake base is very generously filled with fruit.
You can use any kind of fruit, such as papaya, pineapple, melon, orange, guava, etc.
A kind of fruit only, or any combination of fruits.

Instead of orange and peach nectar you can also use papaya nectar, apricot nectar or guavenectar.

Servings: 8.
Preparation time: 1 hour + 1 hour cooling.


1 ready made pie crust from 24 centimeters (10 inches) in diameter,
0.375 liters orange peach nectar,
4 tablespoons cornstarch,
2 lemons,
8 tablespoons sugar,
0.5 teaspoon salt,
500 grams of fresh fruit *,
1 kiwi,
0.25 liters cream,
1 fresh coconut,
125 grams unsalted peanuts.

* I have used 2 boxes of fresh fruit salad + 1 kiwi.
Containing 25% pineapple, mango 25%, 18% green apple, red apple 17% and 15% grapes.


Juice the lemons, you need 4 tablespoons of lemon juice.

Take the coconut across in the hand.
Hit it with the blunt side of the cleaver, turn the coconut a bit on its axis and hit it again.
*** You do this with short fierce blows. ***
Repeat this until the coconut shell is all the way through around.
Remove the coconut shell.
Hold the coconut above a large bowl, cut it in half and collect the coconut fluid in the bowl.
Peel the brown skin, and grate half of the coconut.
*** The other half of the coconut can be used for other dishes. ***

***** You can feel and hear at a coconut, that it is a fresh one.
A fresh coconut contains much moisture and feels heavy.
When you shake with a coconut, you must hear a little sloshing.
When you hear a little to no sloshing and the coconut feels light, then you have an old coconut, and you don't buy it.
A whole coconut provides approximately 300 grams of grated coconut. *****

Peel the kiwi and cut it into slices.


Place the cake base on a plate.

Bring in a 3 liter pan, the orange-peach nectar to a boil.

*** While the nectar is brought to the boil. ***
Put the cornstarch in a soup bowl and mix it well with the lemon juice.
When it has become a smooth paste, add 4 tablespoons sugar and salt.
Stir it together well, so that the sugar will be dissolved.

Add the cornstarch batter to the nectar when it boils, and cook it under constant stirring until a thick gelatinous mass is obtained.
Turn the heat off and let it cool slightly.

Add the fruit to the jelly and stir it well.
Let it cool down to room temperature.

Pour the mixture into the cake base, and spread it over the bottom.
Let the whole pie cool at least 1 hour in the fridge, the jelly will then be completely solidified.

Cake with African fruit without a topping. A recipe from Tanzania prepared by the Happy Chief Cook.

Whip the cream with 4 tablespoons sugar until it is stiff, and spread it then over the cake.

Crush the peanuts in a mortar and mix it with the grated coconut.

Spread the peanut-coconut mixture over the whipped cream.

Cross section of the Cake with African fruit. A recipe from Tanzania prepared by the Happy Chief Cook.


Prepared by the Happy Chief Cook, added March 12, 2012.