Torta De Platano Maduro (Ripe Plantain Cake)

Torta De Platano Maduro (Ripe Plantain Cake)

Time: 45 mins


  • 7 tablespoons butter
  • 2 plantains, very ripe, peeled and cut in half crosswise and cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch slices
  • 2 cups queso blanco, grated or 2 cups grated muenster cheese
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 egg whites
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon flour or 1 tablespoon dried breadcrumbs


  • 1 In a heavy 8 to 10 inch skillet, melt 3 tablespoons of butter over moderate heat.
  • 2 When the foam subsides, drop in the sliced plantains and cook, turning frequently, until the slices are golden brown or both sides.
  • 3 Transfer the plantains to a double thickness of paper towels to drain.
  • 4 In a small bowl, mix the grated cheese, sugar and cinnamon and set aside.
  • 5 In a large bowl, beat the egg whites with a whisk or a rotary or electric beater until they are stiff enough to form unwavering peaks on the beater.
  • 6 In a separate bowl, beat the egg yolks until they are thick and lemon colored, then with a spatula fold the whites into the yolks.
  • 7 Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • 8 Grease the bottom and sides of a deep 1 quart baking dish or mold, then sprinkle in 1 tablespoon of flour or bread crumbs, tipping the dish to spread the flour or crumbs as evenly as possible.
  • 9 Turn the dish over and rap it sharply to remove any excess. Ladle about a quarter of the egg mixture into the dish, and spread it with the back of a spoon.
  • 10 Cover with a layer of plantains--using about one third of the slices.
  • 11 Sprinkle with 2/3 cup of the cheese mixture and dot with 1 tablespoon of butter.
  • 12 Repeat the layers two more times, ending with the egg mixture.
  • 13 Dot with the last tablespoon of butter and place in the middle of the oven.
  • 14 Bake for 35 minutes.
  • 15 Serve hot directly from the baking dish, or let the cake cool for 5 minutes or so and unmold it onto a platter in the following fashion:
  • 16 Run a knife around the edge of the dish and dip the bottom in hot water for a few seconds.
  • 17 Cover the dish with an inverted platter and, grasping dish and platter together, turn them over.

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