N’DIZI NA KASTED (ZANZIBAR BANANA CUSTARD)

Banana custard may also be made with packaged vanilla pudding, but the "no-bake" custard requires no cooking and gives a result comparable to the custard served in Zanzibar. Pineapple, crushed or diced, may be added or substituted for the bananas and some orange sections would improve the color. Since Zanzibar is the Spice Island the strong use of cloves and cinnamon as garnish add greatly to the authenticity as well as the flavor of the dish.

3 cups no-bake custard

3 bananas

1 tsp. cinnamon

½ tsp. ground cloves

¼ tsp. nutmeg

½ cup sugar

4 Tbs. peanuts finely chopped

In a 1-quart bowl prepare the custard following package directions. Slice the bananas into 8 champagne glasses. Spoon the custard over the bananas. Chill and permit the custard to set. In a small bowl combine the cinnamon, ground cloves, nutmeg, sugar and peanuts. Sprinkle 1 heaping tablespoon of the spice mixture over each custard. Decorate with whipped cream if desired.

dessert for eight persons