filipino dessert

Protein-Rich Biko (Sweet Glutinous Rice Cake)

a nutritious and equally delicious version of the Filipino sweet rice cake that’s laden with loads of essential fatty acids and a great source of plant-based protein. I just love everything about Biko (Filipino sweet glutinous rice cake)! So much so that I can’t help but have seconds (or thirds) of this beloved Filipino native …

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Kutsinta (Cuchinta)

One of the first things I eat whenever we go home to visit are the “kakanin” (native delicacies). I would go to the market early in the morning and feast my eyes on the myriad of colorful delights neatly arranged on banana leaf-lined bilao (shallow bamboo baskets). It’s difficult to choose so I always end …

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Buko Pandan (Coconut-Pandan Jelly Salad)

It has been ages since the last time I had eaten fresh buko (young coconut). Oh how I miss the refreshing taste of tender coconut meat swimming in a bowl of sweet coconut water! That will surely be one of the top 10 on my “to eat” list on our next Philippine vacation.  It’s undeniable …

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Cassava Flan Cake

Before the kids were born, hubby and I were fortunate enough to travel to Hawaii. A good friend (elementary classmate) got married so it was the perfect excuse. It was also a great time to meet and reconnect with some friends who migrated to the aloha state.  Another close family friend invited us for dinner …

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Filipino Macaroni Fruit Salad (Sweet)

Whoa, it’s September already? How did all those months go by so fast? Summer’s almost over and Fall is just a week away. Around this time, Filipinos start anticipating and getting excited about Christmas. The beginning of the “ber” months (from September to December) signifies that the holiday season is almost within our reach.  We …

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No-Cook Pastillas de Leche (Only 3 Ingredients)

I have a big bag of powdered milk (from Costco) sitting in the cupboard for a while now, wanting to be awakened from its deep slumber. My youngest son would ask me to make Pulvoron out of the blue, so I always have some powdered milk stashed somewhere in the innermost part of the pantry. …

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Ice Buko (Coconut Popsicle with Adzuki/Red Mung Beans)

Until I was seven (or maybe eight), we lived in Project 4 in Quezon City. If you have seen kids who play outside almost the whole day, I was exactly like that. Summertime was the most fun! I would eat breakfast so fast and like clockwork, all of the neighborhood kids would be gathered at …

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Coconut Macaroons

If you love coconuts, this dessert is for you. These are cute little morsels of sweet and chewy coconutty goodness that’s quick to put together. This recipe is not overly sweet so I ended up with a pile of empty wrappers in no time. That’s the disadvantage I was willing to embrace. Haha!  Dried coconut …

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Fudgy and Chewy Chocolate Crinkles

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We make a lot of cookies at home but this is one sweet treat that we only make during the holidays. Don’t get me wrong, this is an excellent cookie! I guess eating these only around the holiday season makes it more special.   I used to sell chocolate crinkles a long time ago. Baking a …

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Buco Salad

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Nothing compares to having buco salad in the Philippines. Fresh young coconuts are available everywhere and the sweet, tender, and pure taste of buco is perfect! It’s nowhere near the taste and texture of the buco that we (sadly) can get our hands on here in North America. Though that’s the case, we still make …

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