This authentic Jamaican recipe is really easy to make. It uses ripe plantains (which are a relative of the banana) as the filling. I like to chill them in the refrigerator until they are cold and serve them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!

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Ingredients

25
Original recipe yields 25 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Pastry:
Filling:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Prepare the pastry by combining the flour and salt in a bowl. Rub in the butter and shortening until incorporated, and the mixture takes on a sandy appearance. Combine the egg and water, and stir into the flour mixture until a dough forms, then knead for a few turns to bring the dough together. Wrap well, and chill for 3 hours in the refrigerator.

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  • While dough is chilling, peel plantains and cut into thirds. Place into a small saucepan with a little water. Bring to a simmer and steam until tender, 5 to 10 minutes depending on how ripe your plantains are. Once soft, pour out the water, and mash plantains with sugar, vanilla, nutmeg, and red food coloring. Set aside to cool.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Roll dough out on a lightly floured surface to 1/4-inch thick. Cut into circles using a 4 or 5-inch round cookie cutter. Spoon a little of the plantain filling into the center of each circle, then fold in half, to form a half-moon shape. Place the tarts on a baking sheet, brush with beaten egg white, and sprinkle with sugar.

  • Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown. Allow tarts to cool to room temperature before serving.

Nutrition Facts

106.8 calories; 1.7 g protein; 17.1 g carbohydrates; 12.3 mg cholesterol; 112.2 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
04/21/2007
OH MY GOSH!!!! I have been looking for a plantain tart recipe for a minute!!! MY husband loves loves loves platain tarts. Now that we live in Nevada it is very hard to find West Indian restaurants. Anyway tried the recipe and presented to my dh. He asked me what restaurant I bought them from...need I say more? Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
07/26/2007
The dough was crumbly and could not be rolled. I had to add an egg and some more butter to it. The tart ended up very bland and not sweet at all. Read More
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20 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
04/21/2007
OH MY GOSH!!!! I have been looking for a plantain tart recipe for a minute!!! MY husband loves loves loves platain tarts. Now that we live in Nevada it is very hard to find West Indian restaurants. Anyway tried the recipe and presented to my dh. He asked me what restaurant I bought them from...need I say more? Read More
(29)
Rating: 5 stars
04/21/2007
OH MY GOSH!!!! I have been looking for a plantain tart recipe for a minute!!! MY husband loves loves loves platain tarts. Now that we live in Nevada it is very hard to find West Indian restaurants. Anyway tried the recipe and presented to my dh. He asked me what restaurant I bought them from...need I say more? Read More
(29)
Rating: 4 stars
10/07/2008
I've made these 2 times so far using a frozen puff pastry. The filling is great I substituted 1tbsp honey for sugar and added 1/2tsp of baker's spice mix to give it that Devon House spiced flavour. Filling is great only 4 stars because I haven't tried the pastry. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/08/2010
Really tasty! Made these for an island themed party and they were a hit. You don't even need to serve them with ice cream. Also I decided to add cinnamon to the plantain mix and I sprinkled a little on top along with the sugar...made a huge difference. Definitely add some cinnamon to balance out the nutmeg. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/20/2010
These were FANTASTIC! Part of our 2009 Thanksgiving dinner (Caribbean Styled Dinner) and I was chastised for not making more!LOL! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/20/2010
Best I ever had!!! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
07/26/2007
The dough was crumbly and could not be rolled. I had to add an egg and some more butter to it. The tart ended up very bland and not sweet at all. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/28/2010
in all honesty i think they tasted a bit like they should have. my husband didnt like them at all he thought they were bland. im going to us this again but not booil the plantain i will fry it instead seems that keeps the sweetness about it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/13/2009
I added 1 tsp cinnamon to filling and 2 tsp sugar to the pasty. Everyone LOVED them. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/13/2008
Personally i hate bananas but i made these tarts as part of my GCSE food technology and i loved them. all the spices and flavourings really make all the difference. Read More
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