Baked Plantain with Orange and Cinnamon
On one of our trips to Trinidad we were invited to lunch with Mr R’s aunty. There was a lot of delicious food on the table and she had really gone to a lot of trouble to ensure we were all well catered for. Her food was delicious and one of the dishes that has remained with me years later is her baked plantain. She prepared it simply with boxed orange juice, honey and cinnamon. I have tweaked this by juicing fresh oranges and using agave but feel free to use the honey if you prefer. In any case whilst this is neither a particularly local nor seasonal dish (unless you are living in the Caribbean of course) this is a wonderful combination that brings the sunshine right in!
2 large ripe plantain peeled and sliced
juice of 2 oranges
1 tbsp agave
1/2 tsp cinnamon
few knobs of vegan margarine or coconut butter/oil – optional
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and place the plantain in a oven proof dish. Pour the orange juice and agave over the plantain and sprinkle the cinnamon on the top. Dot a few knobs of vegan margarine or coconut butter/oil on top of the plantain….not essential but super tasty!
Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes covered with a piece of foil. Remove the foil and continue to bake (about another 25-30 minutes) until the orange juice has been absorbed and the plantain turns golden.
Delicious eaten straight away with curried chick peas or lentils and salad.