Oven-baked breadfruit, is delicious, especially when the breadfruit is "turn", as we say in Jamaica, meaning it is slightly ripened. Breadfruit is also called "breshay" by some Jamaicans. The best breadfruit to be roasted or baked is the yellow heart, meaning inside the breadfruit is yellow if you can't get the yellow heart use the white heart instead. See Jamaican breadfruit salad recipe here
Baked breadfruit, butter-beans and salt fish (cod fish)
Roasting a breadfruit is different from baking it. When roasting, the breadfruit is placed over on open flame, whether wood fire, coal stove or stove top and when baking the breadfruit is placed inside an oven. Read about breadfruit voyage to Jamaica here
Roasting a breadfruit on stove top
The breadfruit level of maturity is different for boiling, roasting or baking. Boiling breadfruit have a bright green colour while a breadfruit for roasting or baking should have a darker green colour, so it should be fully mature.
1 mature firm breadfruit (preferably yellow heart), washed dry, stain drained
A tiny amount of cooking oil
1. Preheat oven to 400 F or 205 C
2. Rub oil all over the breadfruit
3. Put into the preheated oven stem down and bake for an hour. Wrapping the breadfruit with foil paper is totally and completely irrelevant
4. After an hour had passed, remove the breadfruit from the oven. Test the breadfruit to see if it is fully baked. Use an eating knife and insert into the heart of the breadfruit. Pull the knife out of the breadfruit, look for stain on the knife, if there is no stain, the breadfruit is baked. To really ensure that there is no stain, inserts the knife into the bottom of the breadfruit, pull out the knife and look for stain. If there is stain on the knife, return the breadfruit to the oven and baked for another 15 minutes or so. In my case, the breadfruit is fully baked. Remove from oven and cool completely before peeling.
Make sure to use old dish towels to hold the breadfruit because the stain from the breadfruit and coconut oil will mess up your dish towels. I used newspapers, as, Jamaicans always do.
Breadfruits have a smooth, brownish colour when baked.
5. Peel baked breadfruit then slice. Best serve warm.