A traditional Burkinabe pastry of fried flour and dried pineapples.
- 2¼ cups self-rising flour
- pinch of salt
- 2 sticks of butter
- ¾ cup of sugar
- ½ cup diced, dried pineapple
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 2 tablespoons milk
Sift the flour and salt into a mixing bowl. Cut the butter into the mixture then rub with your fingers until the mixture resembles fine bread crumbs.
Add the sugar and pineapple and then stir in the beaten eggs.
Mix to a stiff dough and add a little milk if the mixture is too stiff.
Tip onto a floured surface and knead lightly before rolling out to ¼-inch thickness. Cut the dough into ½-inch rounds, then fry on a lightly greased griddle over low heat until cakes are lightly browned on both sides.
Cool on a wire rack and serve sprinkled with cinnamon and powdered sugar.
Life in Urban Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso, a landlocked country in Western Africa, has a tropical climate with warm, dry winters and hot, rainy summers. Its three primary rivers are the Nazinon, the Nakambé and the Mouhoun.
The country is home to 60 different ethnic groups, each with its own variety of music, including the balafon (xylophone) and the djembé (drum), and storytelling (or oral history), which is the basis for Burkinabé literature.
Sports are very popular, with soccer, handball, cycling, basketball and boxing among the most common.
Unemployment is a particular problem in urban Burkina Faso, and many residents migrate to other regions to find work. Education is another obstacle. According to UNICEF, only 81 percent of students reach the fifth grade, resulting in high illiteracy rates. School fees are very expensive, and many families cannot afford their children’s education.
Children at Home
Although many urban homes are relatively modernized with electricity and running water, urban poor have little access to these amenities. The disparity between the rich and the poor is no more evident than in the cities of Burkina Faso. Extended family is very important to the Burkinabe. It is not uncommon for three or more generations to live under one roof.