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Easy and Delicious Plantain Bread

Easy and Delicious Plantain Bread

Plantain Bread is an easy, moist and delicious bread that you can whip up in no time. It’s another quick bread recipe that you can enjoy with your cup of tea or coffee.

A Plantain Bread is very similar to a Banana Bread. The only difference it that you are using Plantain instead of Banana and some sour cream or plain yogurt. But otherwise it taste delicious and the smell is delightful.

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So I must admit that I don’t normally hear about Plantain Bread growing up back home in Jamaica neither here in America. It was just Banana Bread. However, I say anything we eat, someway somehow it can be added or done a different way than the normal.

This recipe came to mind after buying some Plantains from Walmart Supermarket. The last 2 plantains didn’t ripe as fast as the others, so I just leave them on the kitchen counter to ripe more. By the time I remembered them, they were too ripe and that’s when the thought came to me.

A beautiful Plantain Bread loaf.
Plantain Bread

I started to do some research to see if any one has done a Plantain Bread before. There were just a few recipe around. When doing my research, I found out that in order to not let the Plantain Bread get hard too fast after it is finished baking, is to add sour cream or some plain yogurt to the recipe.

For this recipe, I tried it with sour cream and it was yummy. My mother and husband gave me the thumbs up, so I was smiling from ear to ear. I went ahead and turn on my computer, to start writing up this blog post.

What is a Plantain?

Let it be clear, plantains are different from bananas, even though they are from the same group. Plantains are bigger and it has to be cooked whether it is ripe or green to enjoy. They are not as sweet as ripe bananas but has a much firmer texture with a high starchy content.

Both green and ripe plantains.
Left Photo: Green Plantain
Right Photo: Ripe Plantain

Different ways to use Plantains

A plate of food isn’t complete without some ripe fried plantain. Perhaps it’s the sweetness of it with some salt and spicy flavor of your meat, that have you wanting more in your plate. Every restaurant back home in Jamaica will always have some ripe fried plantain to give you with your meal, especially if you are buying some food on the street.

Regardless if the plantain is green or ripe, there are several different recipes that a plantain can be used. The only ways that I have used plantain are in porridge (if you are from the Island, you will know what that is) & soup; as chips; and frying it when it is ripe.

The green plantain can be used for:

  • Chips
  • Plantain porridge
  • Plantain Soup
  • Tortilla
  • Plantain patties (Tostones)

The ripe plantain can be used for:

  • Plantain bread
  • Fried Plantain
  • Baked Plantain
  • Tortilla
  • Plantain chili
  • Plantain balls
  • Fritters
  • Plantain lasagna (Pastelon)

Can I freeze this Plantain Bread?

Yes you can freeze this type of Plantain Bread whether as a whole loaf or individual slices. Once it is cool, wrap it up tightly in plastic wrap and then put it in a freezer Ziploc bag for up to 3 months.

To defrost, leave on the counter top for it to come to room temperature. Then reheat in the oven or microwave if so desired.

How to make Plantain Bread

To make a Plantain Bread, it’s the same as making my Banana Bread. Simple and easy, nothing too hard.

Firstly, mashed the plantains in a medium bowl before you do anything else. Then grease your loaf pan with some butter and dust with flour.

Mashed ripe plantains.
Mashed Plantain.

Secondly, cream the sugar and butter together. Add the eggs, mashed plantains, vanilla extract and sour cream or yogurt.

Mashed Plantain, eggs and vanilla extract added to the creamed butter and sugar.
Mashed Plantain, eggs and vanilla extract added to the creamed butter and sugar.
Sour Cream added to the mixture.
Sour Cream added to the mixture.

Finally, add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Pour mixture into a loaf pan and bake for about 60 to 65 minutes.

Mixing the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients with a spatula.
Mixing the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients.
Plantain Bread batter poured into a loaf pan.
Plantain Bread batter poured into a loaf pan.

Plantain Bread Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 ripe plantains, mashed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup sour cream or plain yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour (sifted)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Greased a loaf pan with butter and lightly dust it with some flour or use non stick spraying oil.
  2. Beat granulated sugar, butter and milk in a medium bowl, with an electric mixer on high speed.
  3. Add the sour cream or plain yogurt to the creamed butter and mix. Then add the vanilla extract, mashed plantains and eggs to the mixture.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder and the ground nutmeg. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix.
  5. Bake for about 60 to 65 minutes or until a knife or toothpick is inserted into the center and it comes out clean.
  6. Let it stand for about 15 minutes, before removing it from the loaf pan.
  7. Once it’s cool to your desire, slice and enjoy.

Notes:

  1. In order to get a soft and moist Plantain Bread, please use sour cream or plain yogurt in this recipe. Without either of these ingredients, it will get hard too fast after baking and you won’t be liking it so much. For this recipe, I used sour cream and it will delicious, soft and moist.
  2. Baking time will vary depending on your climate and your over heat, so please be sure to watch and check on the bread while it bakes.

Additional Bread Recipes

You can also check out these additional recipes too, if you do love Plantain Bread.

Please let me know what you think of this Plantain Bread, in the comment section below.

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Blessings & Love, as you carry on, on your YouNique Journey!

Plantain Bread

Plantain Bread

Yield: 1 Loaf
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Plantain Bread is an easy, moist and delicious bread that you can whip up in no time. It's another quick bread recipe that you can enjoy with your cup of tea or coffee.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 ripe plantains, mashed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup sour cream or yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour (sifted)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Greased a loaf pan with butter and lightly dust it with some flour or use some non stick spray.
  2. Beat granulated sugar, butter and milk in a medium bowl, with an electric mixer on high speed and mix.
  3. Add the sour cream or yogurt to the creamed butter and mix. Then add the vanilla extract, mashed plantains and eggs to the mixture.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder and the ground nutmeg. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix.
  5. Bake for about 60 to 65 minutes or until a knife or toothpick is inserted into the center and it comes out clean. Baking time may vary depending on the climate or oven heat.
  6. Let it stand for about 15 minutes, before removing it from the loaf pan.
  7. Once it’s cool to your desire, slice and enjoy.

Notes

  1. In order to get a soft and moist Plantain Bread, please use sour cream or plain yogurt in this recipe. Without either of these ingredients, it will get hard too fast after baking and you won't be liking it so much.
  2. For this recipe, I used sour cream and it will delicious, soft and moist.
  3. Baking time will vary depending on your climate and your over heat, so please be sure to watch and check on the bread while it bakes.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 slices Serving Size: 1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 276Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 280mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 2gSugar: 19gProtein: 5g

The nutritional information that is provided, is computer generated and therefore it is an estimate. Please do your own research with the ingredients that are listed here, if you have any concern about any specific diet or your health.

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Sonia-Rose

Tuesday 23rd of June 2020

The plantain bread is so delicious. I gave a piece to one of my community members and she said it was so good. Definitely better than banana bread.

Adamolekun florence

Wednesday 10th of February 2021

Can I use unripe banana/plantain for bread/cake? Can I use honey instead of sugar?

Yanique Vincent

Tuesday 23rd of June 2020

Hi Sonia-Rose, That's nice. I am so glad it was delicious. Thanks for giving it a try.

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