Plátanos en Tentacion is a Panamanian recipe that can be translated as Bananas in Temptation. It consists of ripe plantains that are mixed with a combination of butter, rum, sugar, and cinnamon, and the concoction is then baked until dark golden in color.
Before serving, Plátanos en Tentacion are sprinkled with powdered sugar and cinnamon. These plantains are traditionally served not as a dessert, but as a side dish, usually accompanying roasted meat and white rice. Think of it as you would sweet potatoes.
What are Plantains?
You might be asking yourself, “What are plantains and why can’t I just use a Banana”? Let us help sort out these perplexing questions.
Plantains are a type of banana with very different properties than your average yellow banana. They are usually bigger, have thicker skin, and denser in composition than the standard yellow bananas.
They start out life as a green plantain then turn yellow and eventually a very dark brown or blackish color as they ripen. The plantain is not ripe until it turns dark brown or black. They are starchy, tough, and not very sweet. Therefore, they require cooking, as they are not enjoyable to eat raw.
Platanos en Tentacion ~ Bananas in Temptation
- 4 ripe plantains they should be turned fully black
- 1⅔ tbsp white cane sugar
- 1⅔ tbsp brown sugar
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 4 tbsp butter
- 4 tbsp rum
- Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit. Butter a baking dish.
- Peel plantains, cut them in half, place on greased baking dish, insert broken cinnamon sticks into plantains, mix two types of sugars and cinnamon powder, sprinkle half of the sugar over plantains, drizzle all plantains with some rum, add more sugar, and dot it with butter cut into little pieces.
- Place in oven and bake for about 1 hour until golden brown and bubbly,
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