Recipe: Plantain and Macadamia Nut Bread

Recipe: Plantain and Macadamia Nut Bread

Rebekah Peppler
Sep 14, 2010

Sure you've heard of banana bread before, but what about plantain bread?

We love banana bread as much as anyone else but every once and a while it's fun to change it up. This variation, using plantains and macadamia nuts, is rich, satisfying and just sweet enough for a quick breakfast or a snack on the go.

Since plantains inherently contain less sugar than their fraternal twin, the banana, we chose the ripest ones we could find and eked out a bit more sweetness by sautéing them in butter before mashing and folding them into the batter. A good dose of macadamia nuts and a sprinkling of raw turbinado sugar lend a pleasant crunch and just a touch more sweetness to this hearty quick bread.

Plantain and Macadamia Nut Bread

Makes 1 loaf

3 very ripe plantains; cut into 1/2-inch slices
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
11/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 eggs
1/2 cup canola oil
1/4 cup half and half
1 cup macadamia nuts; coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon turbinado sugar

Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour loaf pan and set aside.

In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter and add sliced plantains. Sauté until softened and bright yellow; about 5-7 minutes.Set aside to cool.

In a medium bowl whisk together flours, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and clove.

In a separate bowl, whisk together brown and white sugars, vanilla, eggs, canola oil and half and half.

Fold wet ingredients into dry.

Mash cooled plantains and add to egg/flour mixture. Stir in nuts. Spoon mixture into the prepared pan, smooth the top and sprinkle with turbinado sugar.

Place in oven and bake 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Enjoy as is or toasted with a dab of butter and a sprinkle of sugar.

Related: Sweet Fried Plantains (Plátanos Maduros)

(Images: Rebekah Peppler)

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