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baked plantains in a brown sugar-rum sauce

Recipe by
Vickie Parks
Renton, WA

This is a delicious postre (dessert) from Cuba called Plátanos Dulce (Baked Sweet Plantains). It's easy to toss together, and it's great every time. Plantains are sweetened and softened while baking in a warm brown sugar and rum sauce. It's an island favorite! It's a great dessert as written. But for an added touch of sweetness and a bit more tropical flair, top each serving with a scoop of coconut ice cream. But even vanilla ice cream works well, too.

yield 6 serving(s)
prep time 10 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For baked plantains in a brown sugar-rum sauce

  • butter, for greasing pan
  • 3 lg
    plantains (fully black and soft are best)
  • 1/4 cup
    granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp
    dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp
    ground cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp
    dark rum
  • 2 Tbsp
    orange juice
  • 2 Tbsp
    unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • scoops of coconut ice cream (garnish with shredded coconut)
  • scoops of vanilla ice cream
  • dollops of whipped cream

How To Make baked plantains in a brown sugar-rum sauce

  • 1
    Heat the oven to 375°F. Generously butter bottom and sides of an 8×8-inch baking dish; set aside.
  • 2
    Peel plantains and trim 1/4 inch off both ends. Slice plantains at an angle to make 1/2-inch oval slices. Layer the plantain slices in the bottom of the baking dish, slightly overlapping slices. (You should get 4 to 5 rows, depending on width of the plantains.)
  • 3
    Mix together the sugar, brown sugar and cinnamon, and sprinkle it evenly over the top of the layers. Then drizzle the rum and orange juice over the layers. Distribute the butter pieces evenly on top.
  • 4
    Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until the plantains are golden brown and beginning to lose their shape. Cool at least 10 minutes, then serve warm or completely cooled. It's great as is, but you can also top each serving with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, for an added touch of sweetness.