Ofam is Ghana’s challenge to Western holiday fruitcakes: a rich, heavy plantain loaf made from sweet, over-ripe plantains, spices, and red palm oil. It is not difficult to make, but does require some special ingredients—over-ripe plantains and palm oil.
Serve warm or cool, in small slices by itself or accompanied by dry roasted peanuts. We eat ours both as a holiday dessert and a snack. Leftovers freeze nicely and are quickly defrosted and warmed in a microwave. When serving, I blot excess palm oil off with paper towels, but others might find that akin to scraping whipped cream or frosting off a cake.
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