Toast Caribe Recipe

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Don’t hesitate to branch out with sorghum: This sticky sweetener can be an excellent complement to a tropical breakfast.
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Sorghum is prized for its distinct umami taste that can enhance and deepen the flavors of both sweet and savory dishes. Sorghum’s Savor showcases the history and endless culinary possibilities of this unique ingredient.


  • 2 slices whole-grain bread
  • Butter
  • 1 very ripe banana, peeled and mashed
  • Sorghum syrup
  • Black pepper



An ancient Old World grass that resembles corn, sorghum is cultivated and used as a grain in most of the world. It has been a key ingredient in Southern baked goods, confections, glazes, and dressings since before the Civil War. Though essential to the region, sorghum’s complex flavors and deep heritage have often gone unsung. Throughout Sorghum’s Savor (University Press of Florida, 2015), author Ronni Lundy weaves rich stories and descriptions from her Kentucky childhood and her many years invested in the mountain foodways community.

Back in the day, a long-haired, widely traveled friend taught me to spread ripe mashed banana on toast and top with a sprinkle of black pepper. He swore this was what folks had for breakfast in Jamaica. Or the Bahamas. Or some mysterious cay. He was never all that accurate with where he’d been; but he was right that the toast was tasty. Add in butter and a drizzle of sorghum syrup and it becomes downright divine.