Plátanos Calados (Plantains with Brown Sugar Syrup)

by Erica Dinho on June 11, 2009

Plátanos calados or Tentación

Plátanos calados or Tentación

These plantains are simple, quick and easy to make and delicious. In Colombia Plátanos Calados or Plátanos en Tentación are eaten as a side dish or dessert with fresh white cheese.

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(Serves 4)

  • 2 large very ripe plantains, peeled and cut into 4 chunks each one
  • ½ cup light brown sugar or grated panela
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • ½ tablespoon butter


  1. In a small pot place all the ingredients, cover and cook over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Transfer to a serving plate and serve with white cheese.
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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 rebecca subbiah June 11, 2009 at 7:39 AM

yum another plantain recipe


2 Natasha - 5 Star Foodie June 11, 2009 at 8:15 AM

I love this dessert with plantains! We always have plantains in savory recipes so I need to give the dessert a try!


3 Erica June 11, 2009 at 8:56 AM

Try it you are going to love it! It is delicious with fresh farmers cheese or fresh mozzarella on the side.


4 Sophie June 11, 2009 at 9:30 AM

What a lovely dessert!!
mjam mjam,…


5 OysterCulture June 11, 2009 at 10:24 AM

This dessert sounds like perfection. We love plantains so i can hardly wait to try


6 Pocky June 11, 2009 at 11:51 AM

Another tasty looking dish!! I finally found gauva paste so I will finally get to try out your recipe for Buñuelos de Plátano Maduro.


7 nora@ffr June 12, 2009 at 9:31 AM

wow!! Erica this is so simple and classy.. a must try.. use of cinnamon sound delicious.. lovely photo though..


8 Erica June 19, 2009 at 7:52 PM

Thank you all so much for the wonderful comments!


9 epicurean's market June 24, 2009 at 10:20 PM

Wow! I am definitely doing to try this. Awesome stuff! :)


10 Kimberly February 9, 2010 at 1:15 PM

Hi, I have a question. I am in Bogota, but I can only find azucar morena, not light brown sugar as I would be able to find in the US. Can I use azucar morena for this recipe? Thank you in advance.


11 Erica February 9, 2010 at 1:41 PM

Kimberly- Yes you can or just use panela! my grandmother used the make them with panela and they were delicious!


12 Kimberly February 9, 2010 at 1:57 PM

Thanks for the prompt reply! Same amount for panela 1/2 cup?


13 Erica February 9, 2010 at 2:00 PM

Kimberly- yes!


14 Luz Gudgel September 24, 2012 at 1:08 AM

Yo busca receta para hacer Torta de platanos gracia.


15 rolando June 18, 2013 at 3:26 AM

no water?


16 Erica Dinho June 18, 2013 at 9:20 AM


1 cup of water.


17 Monica November 8, 2013 at 3:32 PM


I love fresh white farm cheese! I’ve had it in Colombia, but can’t find it here. Mozzarella is much saltier, and isn’t as good. Is there a cheese by another name I should look for here? I’m in The Seattle area….


18 Erica Dinho November 8, 2013 at 9:04 PM

Queso Fresco!


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