Flavors, Popular Sweets, and Ingredients

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Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets

Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets

By Darra Goldstein

Published 2015

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Some common elements to traditionally popular sweets can be identified, such as a preference for fresh tropical fruits. Fruits also flavor desserts like fruit salads, fritters, cakes, and puddings. Fresh peeled sugarcane is chewed as a treat.

Fried doughnuts, dropped, twisted, or rolled and cut, are beloved in the region. See doughnuts. They are flavored with different spices and ingredients, such as coconut milk, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar, orange, and vanilla, and go by many names: maandazi, koeksisters, puff puff, togbei, mikaté, gbofloto, botokoin, malasadas, and mofo baolina. Leavening agents include yeast, baking powder, baobab powder, palm wine, and beer.