Torta de Plátano

Plantain Pie

Preparation info

  • Difficulty

    Easy

  • 8

    servings

Appears in

Secrets of Colombian Cooking

Secrets of Colombian Cooking

By Patricia McCausland-Gallo

Published 2004

  • About

Torta de Plátano is prepared in several ways. One of them consists of cutting the plantains* into thin strips instead of squares and layering them with the cheese and guava paste; another is blending all the ingredients together and then adding the mixture to the plantain strips; and this one, which is easier to prepare. Use different types of molds like tart pans or mini-muffin pans for different occasions.

Ingredients

  • 4 very ripe plantains*
  • 2 cups oil for frying
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 pound (about cup) guava paste, diced
  • ½ pound ( cups) grated white farmer’s cheese*, plus extra for topping
  • Butter and flour, for the baking pan

Method

  1. The plantains for this dish have to be very ripe, the peel almost black, but still have to be firm to the touch. When you press them gently, they should not feel mushy inside; if they are, the taste will be rancid and overripe. If you buy green plantains and wait for them to ripen it might take a week or so. Do not refrigerate them or they will not ripen well. It is better to buy plantains fully ripe or only a couple of days before, as this ensures you they haven’t been refrigerated and will ripen fully without getting mushy.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Cut the ends off the plantains and peel. Cut into ¼-inch dice.
  3. Pour the oil into a deep, medium, heavy pot, and place over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot (about 350°F), add the plantain cubes and fry for 2 to 2½ minutes. Since they are small keep your eye on the frying pan all the time and swirl them in the oil with the slotted spoon. Remove the plantains from the oil with the slotted spoon and drain over paper towels; set aside.
  4. In a small mixing bowl, combine the eggs, milk, butter, sugar, salt, vanilla, and cinnamon if using.
  5. In a medium bowl mix the fried plaintain cubes with the guava paste and the cheese.
  6. Fold the egg mixture into the plantain mixture and pour into a greased and floured 8-inch square baking pan. Sprinkle extra cheese on top.
  7. Bake 30 to 40 minutes until browned and bubbly.