CAPE TOWN, May 25 (ANA) – Sweet treats are a universal language and Africa certainly has some of the most delectable desserts on offer that you simply have to try the next time you find yourself in any of these countries…

Each country has its own speciality, which all contribute to the overall flavour of the dessert-rich continent.

On the 57th anniversary of Africa Day, which was celebrated on 25 May, we found out more about some of the continent’s most loved treats… in no particular order, of course, because they’re all gloriously delicious!

Malva pudding

Malva pudding is a decadent South African dessert perfect for colder days, or any time, actually. As any South African knows, it’s not Malva pudding if it doesn’t contain apricot jam and lots of butter. This spongy, buttery, sticky dessert should always be served warm with custard.

Melt-in-your-mouth Marvellous Malva Pudding recipe

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Griwech is a traditional Algerian pastry that is fried and coated in a sweet syrup and dunked in sesame seeds. According to the blog Cultureatz, griwech, which translates to “crunchy”, are pastries made from contorted dough, fried and perfumed with orange blossom water.

Feteer meshaltet

Feteer meshaltet or sweet feteer is an Egyptian sweet treat, a flaky and layered pastry with no stuffing. According to the blog Culture Trip, it is served with white honey and fresh cream, black honey, tahini or Egyptian cheese. Castor cream, banana and nuts are also some of the popular fillings.

Kaber Ellouz

Kaber Ellouz are almond balls from Tunisia. According to the blog Tara’s Multicultural Table, these almond balls are made from braiding together three pieces of almond dough, and then rolled in superfine sugar. These almond balls are quick and easy to make, especially since you don’t need to bake them, according to the blog.

Sudanese Kahk

Sudanese Kahk are sugar-coated cookies that are perfect to eat just about any time. According to the Taste of Sudan website, these cookies are crumbly, flaky and not too sweet and are lightly dusted with icing sugar.

Author: ANA Newswire