I’m still obsessed with plantain bread and playing with different flavors. I tried adding some sweetener as well as almond extract, and I love how it cut the tanginess of the plantains. The almonds on top added crunch. I brought some of this Plantain Almond Bread on a visit out west to dad’s farm in Oregon last week. My brother (who traveled from Illinois and met me at Portland Airport) and I ended up eating it all on the shuttle on the way to Corvalis….! I did make a couple of mini loaves during our visit though to make up for it. 🙂 My dad and his wife, Sherry, live on a beautiful mountain in between Corvalis and the coast. They have a farm with alpacas, sheep, chickens, and Guinea Fowl.
My dad has a great workshop in a big barn. He is an amazing builder, craftsman, and artisan.
In addition to various structures he’s built around the farm and inside the log cabin, he makes all kinds of cool decorative things. These gorgeous sonorous Japanese gongs are made from recycled oxygen tanks. His newest pursuit is sculpting figures which Sherry dresses and which can also serve as more pleasing looking scarecrows.
It is so peaceful and quiet there…
We had a wonderful time catching up and visiting.
We even made little trips to the surrounding area.
We also had the opportunity to visit their neighbors’ farm and workshop up the road.They make beautiful candles out of beeswax, like this dragon candle I brought back for Jamie and one shaped like a knot. They smell fragrantly of honey. But we don’t want to burn these, as they are beautiful pieces of art!
To see more of their unique and beautiful products, visit their site here. We also tasted some of their fresh honeycomb filled with sweet Oregon honey. All in all, our trip to Oregon was an inspiring, memorable, and awesome!
Thank you for such a wonderful visit, Dad and Sherry! I can’t wait to see you again soon, next time with Denis and Jamie!
Almond Plantain Bread
Non-stick spray 1 ripe plantain, cut into slices
2 eggs 2 teaspoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 tablespoon sliced almonds
1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a mini loaf pan with parchment paper on the bottom. Spray with non-stick spray. Set aside.
2. Blend plantain, eggs, sugar, and almond extract in a blender until smooth (you could also use a food processor, but process plantains until smooth first).
3. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle top with sliced almonds.
4. Bake in oven for about 35-45 minutes (checking at the 30 minute mark). When a tooth pick or skewer comes out clean and the inside of the loaf looks like it is completely dry it is done. Cool on rack for a few minutes. Then run a knife around the edge, and remove loaf to rack to cool completely.