In early 2010 I posted about ofam, a tasty savory over-ripe plantain loaf from Ghana that is also described in The Ghana Cookbook. It uses only 7 ingredients: over-ripe plantains, good quality red palm oil, hot pepper (I use habanero) fresh grated ginger, flour (I use white rice), grated onion, and a little salt. Unsalted dry roasted peanuts make a great garnish or accompaniment.
Now that plantains are becoming more readily available (after years of begging my local grocers to import the yellow–ripe plantains–I am happy to say that I can now find them locally at Wegmans, Giant, and Weis! A great thing since in the winter the green ones will not ripen properly here in central PA.
When I was in Ghana in March, Paulina Addy gave me a can of organic, high quality palm oil (thank you), and I decided yesterday that, since spring is almost here finally, it was time to open the can and make some ofam. I plan to serve it at a Penn State student symposium luncheon I’m catering next week. (My husband begged me to cut a little slice for a taste since he couldn’t wait). Oh, and when made with rice flour, it’s also gluten-free and sugar-free.
Note: I did find that in my new oven it took a bundt pan 45 minutes to cook (longer than the 30 minutes in my old oven).