09 Apr Social Distancing Baking – Recipes for a Virtual Easter
These are unusual times we’re living in. We’re working and going to school from home, “take-out” has become requirement rather than an option, and the words “online” and “groceries” are almost always used in the same sentence.
In the past few weeks we’ve seen a huge shift in human behavior – including how we interact with each other – and in this new era of social distancing, it seems like every day people are looking for new ways to keep human connection strong, even if we cannot physically be with our loved ones.
Easter is this Sunday, and as a holiday rooted in tradition, many of us will have memories of spending Easter Sunday at a family member’s house – the kitchen filled with aromas of roasted ham, savory quiches, and mouthwatering baked goods.
For Easter this year, we decided that just because we are practicing social distancing doesn’t mean we can’t continue past traditions, so I linked up with my sister, Isabella (who also just so happens to be a part of our MIC team as well!), on a video call to bake our MIC Plantain Walnut Bread together.
Plantain Bread?! Don’t you mean Banana Bread?
Well yes…and no.
The plantain is the cousin of the banana – similar in shape and color, these two often get mixed up. However, plantains are lower in sugar than bananas, which them an extremely versatile ingredient that can be used in cooking savory dishes and baking sweet desserts.
This recipe called for Big Banana Whole Baked Plantains, but we tried it with sweet plantain slices and the results were delicious. In a similar fashion, I decided to add chocolate chips to my batch – well because…chocolate – and let’s just say, I don’t think we’re going to be able to wait until after dinner to eat this on Easter!
If you want to try out this Plantain Walnut Bread for a virtual baking session with a friend or family member, you can find the recipe here. And if bread isn’t your thing, check out some other sweet treats and desserts, all made with sweet plantains.
For chocolate lovers:
For finger-food fanatics:
For those who’d rather enjoy an Easter brunch:
At MIC Food, we help chefs, restaurants, industrial kitchens, retail brands, delis, and others in the food industry rethink their menus and increase appeal among ethnic and mainstream consumers alike. During these times, we’d love to make our recipes accessible and ready for the foodservice chef and home chef alike!
For more scrumptious recipe ideas for you to try, for a Virtual Easter or not, visit https://www.micfood.com/recipes