How to Make Liberian Rice Bread: Patricia Jabbeh Wesley’s Tips on good homemaking

Over ripe bananas and over ripe plantains- don’t throw out your food…

COOKING is an Art just as poetry writing: Find time to cook and bake every so often. Eat, laugh, dance, and celebrate you.

This recipe makes two to three medium pans, usually, Pyrex dishes are what I use. I usually freeze any leftover and it makes even better rice bread later.

Ingredients— three 2 packs of cream of rice, ripe plantains, 10-12 over- ripened

bananas, baking powder, baking soda, salt, eggs, milk, canola or cooking oil. Gather all of your ingredients on your left, and after measuring, you place them on the right to avoid doubling. Double this recipe to make more bread.

Instructions: First, cut up and mix (grind) three over-ripened plantains in a blender or Ninja blender with a tiny bit of water for easy mixing until liquefied, then blend bananas. Add a small bit of water if it’s too thick. Feel free to mix the two groups together. I use ripe plantains and bananas because they complement each other.

Recipe:

Recipe: Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2 pks of or 4 cups of cream of rice
5 teaspoons of baking powder
2 teaspoons of baking soda
1/4 teaspoon of salt
Stir all these dry ingredients and set down.
9 -10 cups of blended mix of banana plantains (In other words, 2.5 cups of
banana/plantain mix to each 1 cup of rice. I add another half, so two and half to one. If you do not do that, your bread will be too hard.
2 medium eggs, beaten in a small bowl then pour in bowl with all the first ingredients.
1 cup of milk
1 to1 ½ cups of oil

Stir ingredients in one big mixing bowl. The batter will be loose, easy to pour freely into a bowl almost like cake. The batter should not be thick and hard to pour. If bananas or plantains are not properly ripened and soft, the bread will be dry. Also, check the oil so you have as much oil as you need. Cut down on salt to taste. Some people add sugar, but I don’t. If your bananas and plantains are ripened well, your bread will be very sweet. Americans love the extra sugar, but you don’t need that much sugar, particularly, if you are as sweet as I am, hahaha.

Grease your pans from bottom to sides, making sure the pans are properly greased without leaving your baking pan soaked in oil.

After mixing all of the ingredients for about five minutes, pour batter into greased pans and bake for 50 minutes to an hour until the bread is golden brown. In 45 minutes, check the oven to be sure bread is not burning. Bread is baked when it is golden brown and moist.

With Liberian recipes, perfection with your rice bread comes after several tries since bananas and plantains are not created equal. And not only the ingredients, guys, even we are not created equally when it comes to crossing culture.

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