Plantain Cake (Torta de Plátano Maduro)

by Erica Dinho on March 2, 2009

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Recetas Colombianas

Colombians love plátanos and bocadillo or plantains and guava paste in English. We mix these ingredients to make a customary Colombian dish called Torta de Plátano. This dish requires the use of very ripe plantains, heavily spotted. This plantain cake is tradionally served as a side dish, however the sweetness of the guava paste make this recipe a great dessert. When I was living in Colombia I used to make this cake with fresh cheese called Queso Fresco. This cheese is very common in most of South America. You can find it in Latin American food markets.

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Ingredients

(8- 10 servings)

  • 4 large very ripe plantains
  • 1 ½ cups vegetable oil for frying
  • 3 beaten eggs
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 cups guava paste
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, cubed
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese, grated for topping

Directions

  1. Peel the plantains and cut them into thin strips about ¼” in thickness. Preheat the oven to 350° f.
  2. In a deep skillet, add vegetable oil. Heat oil over medium-high heat. Add the plantain slices and fry for approximately 2 minutes, stirring and turning occasionally.
  3. Remove the plantains using a slotted spoon and transfer them to a plate lined with paper towels to absorb excess oil and set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine milk, beaten eggs, sugar, cinnamon, guava paste, cheese cubes and fried plantain. Mix well.
  5. Pour mixture into a greased baking pan, sprinkle grated cheese on top and bake for 30 minutes.
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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Ricardo March 17, 2009 at 11:02 AM

looks great just my type of food.. yum xx

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2 Danielle July 27, 2009 at 4:16 PM

mmm….looks really good. Ive only cooked with plantains once and really enjoyed the flavor. I think I’ll have to try this.

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3 sandy August 18, 2009 at 6:14 AM

I just returned from a week in Medellin. I had a wonderful time and loved the food. Thank you so much for sharing your recipes with me.

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4 Erica August 18, 2009 at 7:40 AM

Hi Sandy,
I am glad you enjoyed your trip!!!!I love medellín.

Thank you for the nice comment :)

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5 Correen October 13, 2009 at 3:12 AM

When I was stationed in Puerto Rico lucky me got to try and fall in love with plantains. My fave way to make and eat them was the twice fry and sprinkle salt on the warm smooshed patties. My mouth is watering just thinking of that and seeing your very yummy recipe.

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6 nikie October 20, 2009 at 10:36 PM

i found this by searching for vegan recipes using guava paste… i’m going to have to figure out how to vegan-ize this, it looks too good to skip :)

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7 Maria October 27, 2009 at 8:04 PM

I love the recipes, I grow up in Medellin.

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8 Erica October 27, 2009 at 9:44 PM

Hi Maria,
Thank you so much for your nice comment!

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9 Karrie October 29, 2009 at 6:50 PM

Hi Erica,

I was wondering if the guava paste can be substituted with something else; I am having a hard time finding it where we live. Thanks for your time-

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10 Erica October 29, 2009 at 7:27 PM

Hi Karrie,
Yo can buy guava paste online. You can omit the guava paste and make a plantain and cheese cake.

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11 Sheila November 17, 2009 at 11:43 PM

Oh I am now in Heaven this is one of my favorite foods from when I lived in Colombia (Pasto Narino). If you have never had this you MUST try it. Thank you so much for posting this I am going to make if for my family for Thanksgiving.

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12 Nichole December 2, 2009 at 12:23 PM

I recently discovered guava paste (as a glaze for grilling) and am eager to try your recipe. Do you melt the paste before mixing it or simply cube it? Thanks for sharing!

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13 Erica December 2, 2009 at 12:30 PM

Nichole-I used diced guava paste.

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14 Gloria Constanza December 12, 2009 at 3:45 PM

Gracias por las recetas, esta con platano maduro, suena delicioso. Tratare de hacerlo pronto. Les deseo una Feliz Navidad y un prospero Año Nuevo.

Gloria Constanza

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15 Mari December 29, 2009 at 9:59 PM

Erica, se ve muy bueno este plato. Aver si lo hago ya que vivo en una finquita de platanos! Gracias por la receta. un abazo, Mari

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16 Gilma July 2, 2010 at 10:10 AM

Erica, gracias por todas tus recetas… todas traen muchos recuerdos…
Una pregunta, tu sabes la receta de empanadas Bogotanas? Gracias!!

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17 Jorge December 18, 2010 at 6:13 PM

I made this plantain cake and we all loved it…! It is fantastic. Colombian food is the best.

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18 Liz January 22, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Would suggest beating the egg whites separately until they are stiff. On another bowl mix the egg yolks, sugar, and other ingredients (wit the exception of the plantains). I like to put some vanilla extract and rum or brandy (a little bit), instead of the cinnamon. I don´t use milk. When they are mixed pour over the egg whites and fold in gently.

Place the plantains in a baking sheet, mix in the egg mixture and bake until it’s cooked.

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19 Adiela May 20, 2014 at 6:27 PM

Ya lo he preparado varias veces y me encanta esta receta.. gracias !!

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