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How to make Plantain Pies (9 Easy Steps)

I love plantain pie. Plantain can be used for a lot of food and snack, Children love plantain, so it is advisable you learn as many plantain recipes as you can. I also love plantain and I know a lot of people do, you may want to try your hands around new foods using your plantain, then let us explore this recipe.

You do not need so much ingredients to do this, and you can easily get your hands on these ingredients, use the right ingredients as mentioned below and follow the steps accordingly and enjoy the delicious taste of your plantain pie.

Plantain Pie Ingredients

For the dough

  • 1 over-ripe plantain
  • 300g/10.5oz. plain flour (all-purpose flour)
  • 125g/4.4oz. butter (NOT margarine)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon salt

For the filling

  • 200g/7oz. white Puna yam
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 onion
  • A small piece of red pepper
  • Salt (to taste)

Tools you’ll need to bake Plantain Pies

  • 3.75-inch (9.5cm) cookie cutter
  • 3-inch (7.5cm) cookie cutter
  • Muffin tray with 12 cups
  • Oven, sieve, spatula, brush, rolling pin etc

More information about the ingredients used for plantain pie

  1. Baking powder is optional because I made this pie with and without baking powder, I did not notice any difference in the taste and texture.
  2. Set some butter aside for greasing the muffin tray cups.

Before you prepare Plantain Pie

  1. Peel and cook the yam till well done then set aside to cool down completely.
  2. Cut the onions and red pepper into small pieces.
  3. When the yam has cooled down, cut into small cubes.

How to make Plantain Pie

The dough

  1. Peel the over ripe plantain and mash with a fork. Set aside.
  2. Sift half of the flour, the salt and the baking powder into a clean dry bowl.
  3. Cut the butter into small pieces. Add them to the flour and mix till the butter is incorporated into the flour.
  4. Add the mashed plantain. Mix with a spatula till as smooth as possible. You will notice that it is quite sticky.
  5. Start adding the second half of the flour in small quantities, mix with the plantain and flour dough, add more, mix … till you get a non-sticky but soft  ball of dough. If you do not achieve this with the quantity of flour I stated, add more flour till you get that. Ideally the quantity of flour you’ll need depends on how overripe your plantain is.
  6. When you are happy, cover the ball of dough with aluminium foil and leave to rest for about 10 minutes.

The Filling

  1. Break the eggs and beat very well.
  2. Add salt and stir.
  3. Add the pieces of boiled yam, red pepper and onions. Stir very well and set aside.

Roll, Cut, Fill and Bake

  1. Grease the insides of the muffin tray cups with butter.
  2. When the dough has rested for about 10 minutes, knead it a few more times.
  3. Roll it out on a flat surface to a 3mm thickness.
  4. Cut the rolled out dough with the 3.75-inch cookie cutter and use the cut out dough to line the cups in the muffin tray. You can make several cuts at a time.
  5. Repeat the process till you have lined the 12 cups of the muffin tray.
  6. Scoop the filling into each of the cups. Leave some egg in the bowl; you’ll need it for glazing the pies.
  7. Roll out the remaining dough and cut with the 3-inch cookie cutter. Use these to cover each of the filled cups.
  8. Using a brush, rub the top of the pies with the leftover egg from the filling. This gives the pie a golden brown look, when done.
  9. Bake in a preheated oven for 30 minutes.

Oven temperatures:

  • Normal oven: 200C (400F)
    • Fan Oven: 180C (350F)
    • Gas mark number: 6

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