Sunday Delights: Baked plantains with cinnamon

Baked plantains with cinnamon

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First things first: A few facts about plantains

  • They belong to the banana family.
  • They are often bigger, starchier and harder than the dessert bananas we usually eat.
  • They cannot be eaten in their raw form.
  • You can roast, bake, boil or fry them.
  • They can be eaten with meat, chicken and rice.
  • You can have them for breakfast, lunch, tea or supper.

The raw plantains look like this:

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How to prepare baked plantains with cinnamon

Step # 1: Gather all the ingredients and equipment you will need for the preparation

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List of ingredients:

  • 2 ripe plantains
  • Vegetable oil
  • Half a teaspoon of cinnamon
  • A pinch of salt (optional)

List of equipment:

  • A pyrex dish for baking.
  • A pastry brush for spreading the vegetable oil on the plantains.
  • A small bowl or container for the vegetable oil.
  • A big knife for cutting the plantains.
  • A wooden chopping board to be used as a cutting board and a place where you can put the hot pyrex dish when it is out of the oven. We used two chopping boards: a white plastic one for cutting the plantains and a wooden one for supporting the hot pyrex dish after the baking was done.
  • Two medium-sized bowls (one bowl will be used for washing the plantains and the other one can receive the peelings from the plantains).
  • A teaspoon for measuring the cinnamon. You can also use your fingers like we did.
  • Oven gloves or two dish towels for taking out the hot pyrex dish from the oven.
  • A tablespoon for dishing out the baked plantains.

You can find the same vocabulary below.

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A video of this recipe can be found at the bottom of the page!

Step #2: Wash and dry the plantains

Wash the plantains in a sink. Shake out all excess water afterwards. You can dry the plantains with a tea towel too.

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Step #3: Peel and cut the plantains

Place the washed plantains on a chopping board. Remove the tips of the plantains first before cutting and peeling. When you have finished, arrange the pieces in the pyrex dish.

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Step #4: Spread the vegetable oil

Pour a small quantity of vegetable oil in a container. Then take the pastry brush to spread the oil on the bananas. You do not need to use all the oil.

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Step #5: Sprinkle the cinnamon on the plantains

Put the pyrex dish in front of you. Take out small amounts of the cinnamon using your fingertips or a teaspoon then sprinkle it evenly on the plantains. You can also add a little salt at this stage.

Put away the cinnamon once you have finished to have a clean working space while you are working.

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Step #6: Bake the plantains

Pre-heat the oven at 200 degrees Celsius or 392 Fahrenheit. Put the pyrex dish with the plantains at medium level. Bake for 30 minutes. When done, take out the hot pyrex dish using oven gloves or two kitchen towels. Place the dish on a wooden board. Get ready to serve the plantains.

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Step #7: Admire your results

Check the results. Admire your work and also look for ways in which you can improve your recipe next time.

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Step #8: Serve the plantains

There are different ways you can serve the plantains. You can decorate with fresh herbs such as parsley or coriander.

We chose to have baked plantains with black tea. We enjoyed this so much and it was fun to make!

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