Top Nigerian desserts to make at home

Top Nigerian desserts to make at home

Not many people outside Nigeria know about Nigerian desserts and how delicious they are. To tell you the truth, even inside Nigeria not everyone is aware of how to prepare something tasty for a holiday. Let’s check out several interesting recipes and try to create all these tasty things at home, to surprise family and friends.

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Several delicious Nigerian desserts that you can make at home

The desserts described below are not hard to make and they don’t require any special ingredients. You can try making any of them literally with anything that you have in your fridge. Some of the ingredients are easily replaced (in case you don’t have the necessary one but have something instead). So, here they are, several most delicious Nigerian dessert recipes.

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  • Classic Nigerian cake (wedding cake)


3 cups of flour (use all-purpose one), 1 cup of corn flour, 2 teaspoons of baking powder, 375g of butter, 1 cup of sugar, 1 tin of peak filled evaporated milk, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, 8 eggs, ¼ cup of browning, 1 teaspoon of flavoring (preferably Butter Scotch), 1 teaspoon of vanilla flavor

If you don’t want to add corn flour, just take 4 cups of regular flour. If you like, you are free to use brown sugar because of its own delicious taste but if you prefer sticking to traditions, use regular white granulated sugar. Eggs and butter should be of the room temperature. If you keep them in the fridge, take them out a couple of hours before starting to cook the cake.

Grease a 10-inch cake pan with butter and sprinkle with flour so that every corner is powdered properly. Then, pour the excess flour out. In a separate bowl, mix the lemon juice and milk. Set the mixture aside for a while.

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In another bowl, mix the two types of flour (if you are using both) and baking powder. Set the mixture aside, too. Turn on the oven (170 degrees Celsius) and let it preheat well before you complete the dough.

With the help of a blender, turn the butter, vanilla flavor, butter scotch flavor and sugar into a cream. Blend for 1 minute. Then, add two eggs, stir the mixture well and add two eggs more. Keep adding until all the 8 eggs are there. Now, add the mixture of the milk and lemon juice.

Finally, use a sifter to add flour into the mixture. Stir the mass with a spatula. Add the brown coloring and keep on mixing the mass until the color is even. When done, pour the mass out into the greased form and bake in the preheated oven for about 40 minutes. Check the readiness with the help of a wooden toothpick. When the cake is baked well, the inserted toothpick will come out clean.

This is one of the favorite classical Nigerian desserts for holidays like Christmas or birthdays, not only for weddings.

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  • Coconut cake

Ingredients (for 1-inch tall, 10-inch wide cake):

½ cup of coconut flour, 1 cup of average flour, ½ cup of coconut milk, 4 eggs, ½ cup of whit granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, 50g of butter, several drops of vanilla flavor

First, break eggs into a big bowl. You can do it one by one and break them into a small bowl first to avoid spoiling everything in case one of them is bad. Then, use a mixer to whisk the eggs into a thick foam at a high speed. They will create a foam better if they are of a room temperature so, if you prefer storing eggs in the fridge, take them out the day before. Turn on the oven (180 degrees Celsius).

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Start adding sugar eventually when you see that the foam is building up well. Then, melt the butter (above the hob or in a microwave oven) and add the coconut milk. Take a separate bowl and mix all the dry ingredients. Then, sift the mixture into the whisked eggs with sugar and mix with the help of the mixer.

When done, start adding the butter with coconut milk. Mix with the help of a spatula always in the same direction. When done, pour into a greased cake pan and bake until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. The cake will be spongy and super wet.

This is one of the best Nigerian Christmas desserts with an exotic, delicious and very tender taste.

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  • Kankaran Tsamiya

There are only two ingredients in this delicious dessert. You will need only tsamiya (tamarind) and lukewarm water. The quantity of water depends on the concentration of the taste you would love to have.

Peel the tamarinds and soak them in the prepared clean lukewarm water. When the tamarinds are soaked till softness, use a sieve to create a smooth puree. Then, get the puree through the finest sieve you have to remove as many particles as possible. When done, you can put the mass into containers (for instance, molds for ice) and start freezing.

When taken out of the molds, these sweets should be eaten immediately. That’s it!

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  • Nigerian Shuku Shuku

Below, you will find two instructions on the preparation of baked and non-baked coconut balls.

Ingredients for the baked option:

120g of coconut chaff (or flakes, whatever you prefer), 3 egg yolks, 30g of caster sugar (or stevia if you opt for fewer calories), breadcrumbs.

Turn on the oven (175 degrees Celsius) and start mixing. Take a deep bowl and mix the coconut chaff, with egg yolks and the caster sugar (or stevia). Mix the mass so that everything is perfectly blended into each other. Create small balls with the help of your fingertips and roll in breadcrumbs. Then, set the balls onto the baking tray and keep in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes. They should turn gently yellow on all sides.

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Ingredients for the non-baked option:

120g of coconut chaff, condensed milk, 30g of caster sugar, breadcumbs.

Pour the chaff into a bowl, add the sugar and start adding the condensed milk by little bits until you see that the mass is thick and elastic enough to be rolled into balls. Make sure that all the ingredients are incorporated well with each other. Use your fingertips to create the small balls, roll them in breadcrumbs and that’s it!

The non-baked shuku shuku is one of the simplest Nigerian desserts at home that can be cooked within several minutes.

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  • Nigerian coconut candy

Take 1 whole coconut, 200g of caster sugar, and water. Split the coconut carefully and collect the juice. Then, gather the meat and grate it so that you receive long thin particles. Try grating along the meat fibers to achieve the necessary form.

Then, pour the collected juice into a pot and add the sugar. Stir so that the sugar melts. Then, add the grated coconut and stir again. This done, add as much water as needed to reach the same level as the grated coconut meat. Cover the pot with its lid and let the mixture boil. Keep stirring the mixture all the time while it’s boiling.

When the water is almost completely evaporated, reduce the heat and watch the mixture closely. When it starts to stick, the sugar is caramelizing. You need to keep on stirring until the coconut is starting to get brown. Now, it’s time to remove the candy. Take it from the pot, spread over a clean flat surface and leave to cool down.

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These are several very popular, delicious and authentic Nigerian desserts that are able to conquer your heart even if you don’t have a sweet tooth. What’s more, they are easy to make and can be cooked even when you have unexpected guests or in case you have a sudden desire for something delicious to match your cup of tea. Just try them and you will love them!

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