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Brown Butter and Cardamom Plantain Bread

This recipe takes plantain bread to the next level by adding brown butter and cardamom to produce a plantain bread that is complex and delicious in flavor.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Resting time15 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: African
Servings: 10 medium slices
Calories: 374kcal
Author: Mavis K.


For the Plantain Bread

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • 2 medium over-ripe plantains
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 8 tbsp unsalted butter (1 stick)

For the Streusel Topping

  • cup all purpose flour
  • ½ stick cold unsalted butter (grated)
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar


For the Plantain Bread

  • Preheat the oven to 350 °F (175 °C)
  • In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat until the butter is deep brown (about 3 minutes)
  • Remove the butter from the heat and whisk in the cardamom.
  • In a mixing bowl, mash the plantains using a potato masher. Let the butter cool for a bit and then add it to the mashed plantains.
  • Add the yogurt, brown sugar, egg, and vanilla extract to the plantains. Mix the ingredients together using an electric mixture until you get rid of most of the lumps in the mixture.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • Add the flour mixture to the plantain mixture. Use a spoon to fold the flour mixture into the plantain mixture until no dry flour remains. Do not over-mix, the mixtures should be just combined.
  • Spray a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray. Pour the batter into the loaf pan, making sure that it spreads evenly around the pan.

For the Streusel Topping

  • In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and butter. Use a pastry cutter or your fingertips to mix the ingredients into small crumbs.
  • Sprinkle the streusel on top of the plantain batter.
  • Place the pan in the middle rack of the oven and bake until the loaf is brown, and a toothpick inserted at the center of the loaf comes out clean, about 55 minutes.
  • Let the loaf cool enough to be able to safely handle once it's done. Take the loaf out of the pan and put it on a wire rack. Cool the loaf completely on the wire rack before serving.


Calories: 374kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 249mg | Potassium: 331mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 855IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 2mg