Gallery: Latin American Cuisine: Roasted Ripe Plantains with Cream and Sugar

Split the Skin
Split the Skin

Look for plantains that are very soft and range from nearly black to all black. Start by splitting the skin along one side with a sharp knife.

Peel
Peel

Peel away the skin, trying to keep the plantain intact.

Split
Split

Cut a deep slit in the plantain lengthwise, making sure not to cut all the way through.

Open Wide!
Open Wide!

Pull the plantain open like a hot dog bun.

Spread the Cream
Spread the Cream

Fill the slit with cream. Colombian cream is thick like British double cream, but with a slight tang. Crème fraîche will work well in its place.

Sugar
Sugar

Sprinkle the cream with sugar.

And Cinnamon
And Cinnamon

Then top it with ground cinnamon.

Roast and Serve
Roast and Serve

Roast it in a 350°F oven until lightly caramelized and the plantain has absorbed the cream, giving it a rich, custard-like texture.