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Filipino Desserts

Filipino Ginataang Halo-Halo Dessert

Filipino Ginataang Halo-Halo DessertGinataan is a word that, in english,  literally means “done with coconut milk”. Meaning that any food cooked in coconut milk can be described as Ginataan. In the Philippines we know a variety of Filipino Ginataan as a Dessert. In this Blog we will describe the most common cooked Ginataan.
The ingredients needed for this dessert are:
  • one cup of glutininous rice (sweet rice) flour
  • six saba, sliced
  • three cups of coconut milk
  • cup of water
  • 100 g cooked sago pearls
  • one camote (sweet potato), cubed
  • half cup of white sugar
  • one gabi (taro root), cubed

The procedure to prepare this dessert is:

  1. Mix the rice flour and the water together and blend them well using hands until it gets soft and dough like
  2. Make them into small balls and place them aside.
  3. Put the coconut milk in a pan, add some sugar and bring it to a boil.
  4. Next add the sliced saba, sago, camote gabi and flour balls. let the mix simmer on a reduced heat for another 15 minutes until the whole mixture is properly cooked. When finished place it in a bowl and serve  it warm.

Filipino Puto Recipe (Rice Flour Cake)

Filipino Puto RecipeFilipino Puto is a steamed rice cake that traditionally can be eaten with fresh grated coconut or butter. All Filipino’s grew up with this delicious commonly round shaped merienda. It is commonly served during parties, festivals and sometimes eaten for breakfast.

Ingredients needed to cook Filipino Puto Recipe:

  • two cups flour or rice flour
  • two tablespoons of baking powder
  • one egg beaten
  • half cup evaporated milk
  • three tablespoons of butter or softened margarine
  • one cup granulated sugar
  • one and a half cup of water

Cooking procedure for Filipino Puto Recipe:

Put the flour, baking powder and sugar in a bowl and mix all ingredients together. When it’s properly mixed add the egg, evaporated milk, melted butter and water and keep mixing it until it’s smooth. Put the mixture into a mold and into a steamer for about 20 minutes without opening the steamer. The Puto will be done but if you prefer to add some toppings it’s possible to put it now and let it steam for another 3 minutes. After 3 minutes you can remove the Puto from the molds and let it cool down. You are now done with making Puto and it’s ready to be served.

Filipino Leche Flan Dessert

Filipino Leche Flan DessertThere isn’t a Filipino that didn’t grow up with this Filipino Dish. It’s sweet taste of sugar melt on your tongue when eating it. Filipino’s call it Leche Flan which originally came from the spanish word flan de leche. Leche flan can be made in different ways like over an flame or stove top and seldomly also baked. Leche Flan is often served at parties and other celebrations like Fiesta.

Ingredients needed to cook the filipino dessert Leche Flan:

  • Twelve egg yolks
  • One can evaporated milk
  • One can condensed milk
  • Brown Sugar for a syrup

Procedure to prepare this Filipino Leche Flan dessert:

Mix all twelve egg yolks the evaporated milk and the condensed milk all together. Put the mixture in a wok and let it steam for about 40 minutes or longer until the mixture becomes firm. Cool leche flan and invert it on a plate. Finally put the Leche flan syrup as described below over the mixture and it’s ready to be served.

Procedure to prepare Leche Flan Syrup:

Melt the brown sugar in a heavy pot until it’s golden brown, add some hot water to dissolve the carmelized sugar until a syrup is formed.

Halo-Halo Ice Cream Mix Dessert

Halo-Halo Ice Cream Mix RecipeHalo-Halo which literally means “Mix”, is a famous Filipino ice cream mix with various exotic fruits and boiled beans.  Halo-Halo comes in many variations and ingredients can be added or left out. Generally the arrangements of this dessert are the fruits, beans and other ingredients will be placed on the bottom of the bowl and topped with crushed/shaved ice cream, a scoop of ice cream and some dried rice.

The primary ingredients for halo-halo should be the following:

  1. Kaong (sweet Palm Fruit)
  2. Langka (Jackfruit)
  3. Pinipig (dried rice)
  4. Sago (jelly pearls)
  5. Macapuno  (sweetened coconut meat)
  6. Boiled Red Munggo (Boiled Red Mung Beans)
  7. Saba (Banana – Like plantain)
  8. Mais (Corn)
  9. Ube (Purple Yam)
  10. colored gelatin
  11. 2/3 evaporated Milk
  12. A scoop of Ice Cream

Procedure to prepare this Filipino dessert:

Combine the sweet palm fruit, sweetened coconut meat, the boiled red mung beans and the jackfruit in a transparent ice cream bowl.

Ingredients that can also be added are corn, Purple yam cubes, Colored gelatin, sliced banana and Jelly pearls.

On Top of all the above ingredients you can put crushes ice, the evaporated milk and a scoop of ice cream and a little bit of dried Rice.

TIP: before eating halo-halo, mix everything thoroughly with digging into the ice and other ingredients.

Champorado – Chocolate Rice Pudding Recipe

Champorado Chocolate Rice Pudding RecipeChamporado is a sticky rice pudding combined with cocoa, sugar, vanilla and milk. It’s brown of color and commonly served during breakfast. Often a dried fish (tuyo) is added with this dish.

Ingredients for this Pudding:

  • 1 cup malangkit (sweet/sticky) rice
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/8 tsp. vanilla extract
  • sweetened condensed milk

Procedure to prepare this dessert:

Start cleaning the malangkit rice in a big saucepan and cook it with the 2.5 cups of water. Let the rice cook until it’s ready. The rice shouldn’t stick to the bottom of the saucepan. When it’s ready, add the sugar, cocoa and vanilla. Serve it on a nice plate or bowl and on top you can put the milk.