All-Filipino Desserts
However, our idea of dessert has evolved a lot through the years. Ask any kid what his favorite dessert is and he’ll most likely say ice cream, cake, or something not really Filipino. If you think the same way, maybe it’s time you tried the old favorites and rediscover Filipino food. Here’s a quick guide to local desserts and some Filipino desserts recipes you can make on your own.
Native pastries
If you’re looking for a lighter dessert, Filipino pastries may be just what you need. Our native pastries cover everything from small bite-size tarts to tropical fruit pies. They may seem complicated at first glance, but they are actually one of the easiest Filipino food recipes. In fact, if you’re just starting out, pastries make a great beginner recipe. Start with simple snack tarts such as this one.
Easy Caramel Tarts
Ingredients:
1 tbsp flour
1 c milk
1 c golden syrup
1 c brown sugar
1 tbsp white sugar
1 tbsp butter
2 eggs, separated
½ tsp vanilla
Procedure: Beat the egg whites until stiff, then beat in the white sugar. Set aside. In a saucepan, combine the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Pour into baked pastry shells. Top with the egg white mixture and bake for about 10 minutes or until the meringue turns brown.
Puto and kutsinta
Puto a steamed cake made from rice flour, often topped with cheese or salted eggs. It is often sold with kutsinta, a brown jelly cake served with grated coconut. The two go together because the soft, grainy texture of the puto contrasts the tart smoothness of kutsinta. Both are among the simplest Filipino recipes; you can make a batch of each cake in less than two hours.
Puto
Ingredients:
2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
2 cups milk
6 tsps baking powder
3 eggs (use only egg whites for a lighter cake)
Procedure: Combine all the ingredients except the egg whites. Mix well and let stand for one hour, then fold in the eggs. Pour into baking pan or muffin pans and steam for about one hour.
Kutsinta
Ingredients:
1 cup rice flour
1 tsp lye water
3 cups water
2 cups packed brown sugar
Procedure: Mix all the ingredients in a bowl; beat well. Half-fill a muffin pan with the batter, then steam covered over 2 inches of water for about 30 minutes. Top with grated coconut.