I may be the slowest person in the kitchen ever. No matter how much I try to streamline the process, I seem to always end up spending all day in the kitchen. The other day my baking to-do list included potato rolls, Food Lust People Loves's carrot cake, brownies, and these plantain muffins. Knead, autolyze, cook, mash, mix, shape. It was a very long day. When I grabbed one of these muffins and took a bite, the achy feet did not seem to matter anymore. They were amazing.
When I told my friend that I was going to make plantain muffins, she seemed a bit skeptical. But I persisted. We all enjoy banana muffins, why not plantain muffins? How could that possibly be bad? It cannot be. That's the answer to that. Plantains are a breakfast favourite here. I love them twice-fried aka tostones. But the really ripe ones aren't the best for tostones as flattening them gets a bit messy. But now I have found the perfect use for them, that is, if I am not just eating them raw or fried once.
(adapted from Alton Brown's Banana Bread)
Yield - ~8 muffins
180 grams overripe plantain (I got this from 1 plantain)
100 grams brown sugar
60 millilitre (4 tablespoons) oil
125 grams flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350 F and thoroughly grease the wells of a muffin pan.
Mash the plantain with the one cup of sugar. Whisk together the egg and the oil then add to plantain mixture.
In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, and salt.
Slowly combine the wet and dry mixtures, mixing until just combined. Don't overmix!
Fill each well about 2/3rds then bake approximately 18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Cool and devour.
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