Rice cake muffins (PUTO) with cheese and salted egg

My husband has craved for this particular rice cake from our hometown in Philippines but I haven’t found the recipe . I tried different recipes but still it is not the one he was looking for  until I tried this recipe and he said he loves it, it’s “delicious” and it is quiet close to the puto he’s been craving for a while now.  So I’m happy to share the recipe and hope you can try it for yourself:)

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Ingredients :

1  cup rice flour
1/2  cup cake flour
2 1/4  teaspoons double acting baking powder
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup + 2T evaporated milk
2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
Pinch of food coloring, if desired
Small chunks of or finely grated cheddar cheese

Procedure :

In a medium bowl, sift dry ingredients together.  Add in the wet ingredients and mix just until combined. Do not over mix.

Heat water in bottom pan of steamer until water boils rapidly. Wrap steamer cover with a towel.

Grease puto molds or mini muffin pans then scoop puto batter into molds,  3/4 full.Top with grated cheese and salted egg. Decrease heat to medium then steam puto for 20 minutes. Let cool slightly before removing from the molds.

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The recipe is from my favorite blogger  Heart of Mary.

“white delicacy”

Maja blanca  is of Spanish origin which means “white delicacy” adapted from the dessert manjar blanco.  Some call it coconut pudding. Maja blanca  is a Filipino dessert made primarily from coconut milk,  it is usually served during fiestas and during the holidays, especially Christmas. I remember my  aunt making this top with crushed peanuts. I had tried this before but I was not successful :(. But now I am so happy as I did it right , perfectly! In fact my friend from Thailand loves it :)and of course the Filipino crowd who miss and love Filipino Delicacies.

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maja blanca

INGREDIENTS:
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup fresh sweet corn kernels
  • 1/4 cup sweetened flaked cococnut
PROCEDURE:
1. Butter a baking dish or pie pan, and set aside. Mix 1/2 cup of water with the cornstarchin a bowl, and stir until smooth.
2. Combine the coconut milk, 3/4 cup of water and sugar in a saucepan over low heat, and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Bring the mixture to a boil, add the corn kernels, and then stir in the cornstarch mixture, stirring quickly to avoid lumps as it becomes very thick. Bring the mixture back to a boil, and simmer until fully thickened and smooth, stirring constantly, about 2 minutes.
3. Pour the maja blanca into the prepared dish, and set aside to cool until firm., about 2 hours.
4. Place the coconut flakes in a dry skillet over medium heat and stir to toast. Watch them carefully so they don’t burn.
5. Remove the toasted coconut flakes to a bowl, let cool, and sprinkle over the pudding before serving.

deliciously moreish♥♥♥

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Yes! This cake could cause someone to  want more. It is very addictive. The sweetness is just right and the caramel icing is very creamy.

I’ve been  wanting to bake this cake for a very long time  but just too hesitant in   making the caramel icing  as I’m afraid that I could not do it right.  Finally, I decided to make it for my birthday . As expected making the caramel icing made me fluster for a while especially with the part of pouring the boiled water after caramelizing the sugar. But,don’t fret as eventually  the caramelized sugar will incorporate with the water. Just keep your eyes on your caramel mixture so you will not burn it and when it’s done (or close to done) remove from heat immediately. Although, I’ve never tasted caramel cake back home in the Philippines I’m still confident that this cake would pleased my guest and it didn’t fail me☺. This cake have put me in the pedestal for the compliments I have receive. I urge you to try it ☺.

For the complete recipe please visit Heart of Mary 🙂

Thank you Heart of Mary for being so generous in sharing your perfect recipe.♥♥♥

Just sharing my first order of Caramel Cake for a birthday ☺

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my pretty fondant roses 🙂

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quezo chiffon cupcakes

During one of the Filipino gatherings  I tasted this kind of dessert that really captured my taste buds. From then on I fell in love with it and tried to search for a  recipe. I tried asking the one who made it but I think she doesn’t want to share 😦 . I have found a recipe from sweetcherriepie.com and another one from HerWord.  But for now  I am sharing  the recipe from sweetcherriepie.  The cheese really goes  well with the butter icing and it really compliments the flavor of the cupcake too.It’s yummy and my Irish friend really loves it ☺

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Ingredients for cupcakes

1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp of self raising flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup caster sugar
3/4 tsp baking powder
2 eggs, separated
1/4 cup water
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 cup oil
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
2 Tbsp sugar

Butter icing
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup icing sugar or adjust according to your preferred sweetness 

grated cheese for toppings or quezo de bola if you have one.

Procedure:

1.  Preheat the oven to 180’C and line 12 hole mini muffin pan.
2.  Place in a large bowl, flour, salt, sugar and baking powder.  Using a whisk, stir until there are no lumps.  Make a well in the center and add the egg yolks, water, vanilla and oil.  Blend till smooth.
3.  In another bowl, whisk the egg whites and cream of tartar until soft peak form.  Gradually add the 2 tbs of sugar and continue beating till stiff.
4.  Fold a third of the egg whites into the cake mixture then gently fold in the rest.  Do not over mix the batter.
5.  Fill the cupcake cups 3/4 full and bake for 10-12 minutes.  Cool completely on a wire rack.
6.  Make the butter icing by combining the butter and icing sugar in a bowl and mix till light and fluffy
7.  Once the cupcakes are cooled, spread the butter icing on top and sprinkle with the grated cheese.

Next time I’ll try HerWord recipe for comparison ☺

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Vanishing cookies…

I baked this cookies the other day, somehow I want to make myself busy as I’ve been down this past days .  I miss baking too and I still have lots of leftover oatmeal so I then used the recipe that I got from  MARUISM. Cookies are not too sweet and I must say I like this one better than the first oatmeal cookie I have baked.

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 VANISHING OATMEAL RAISIN COOKIES

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Ingredients:

1/2 cup, plus 6 tablespoon butter, softened
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon(I used only half of teaspoon as I don’t want the cinnamon will overpower the flavor of the cookie)
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
3 cups Quaker Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
1 cup raisins

Procedure:

Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, beat butter and sugars on medium speed of electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well. Add oats and raisins; mix well.

Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Store tightly covered.

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out of the blue..

I  bake this bibingka out of the blue… I was just doing my daily routine that day and then suddenly I have this urge to bake something . So I prepared all the ingredients and  whisk everything,bake and voilà .. ☺♥☺

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Bibingka Recipe

2 cups rice flour
1/2 cup glutinous rice flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3 eggs
3/4 cup sugar, more for sprinkling on top of the cakes
1-1/2 cup coconut milk
1/3 cup butter, melted, and more for brushing cakes
pieces banana leaves
salted egg, sliced
grated coconut (optional)
grated Edam or cheddar cheese (optional)

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Line  pans or ramekins with banana leaves or wax paper .

Whisk together rice flour, glutinous rice flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.

Beat eggs in a bowl. Add sugar and beat well. Add butter. Alternate adding flour and coconut milk. Beat until just blended. Do not over beat the batter.

Divide the batter equally into the  pans.  Lay slices of salted egg on top and set the cakes on the top rack of the oven. Bake until the cake is cooked through,  20 to 25 minutes.  Turn the broiler to low and broil the cakes to brown the top for about a few minutes. Watch cakes carefully to keep them from burning.

Brush the cakes with butter and sprinkle with sugar, grated coconut, and grated cheese. Serve warm.

 Jun-Blog recipe.

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Note: I want my cheese melted so I put mine 3 minutes before I take out my bibingka from the oven. My husband loves it very much that he told me to sell it to our Filipino friends ☺ I’m a happy baker♥♥♥

Soft & cheesy

It’s summertime  and happy days are here again. This is the best time to have fun in the beach . Time to go out, play outdoors and do everything that can be done under the sun.  Yes, I’ve been away from the house this past weeks so I did not have the chance to bake or cook something to share  here.  I just want to enjoy the sunny days as it won’t last. But yesterday was not a good day so I decided to try this recipe that I have been eyeing for a while now.  This kind of  bread reminds me back home and bring back some memories during my younger years. I used to buy this kind of bread in our local bakery. We call it cheese bread. I can recall the creaminess of the cheese inside the bread and that’s one I wanted to achieve in making this Cheese Rolls and it didn’t fail me. I am very happy as the bread came out soft,creamy and cheesy. cheese rolls

 

INGREDIENTS:

1 tablespoon yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
1/3 cup lukewarm water

For the dough
2 eggs
4 egg yolks
1/3 cup water
1/2 cup melted butter
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup powdered milk
1 teaspoon salt

softened butter for greasing and spreading
500 grams Cheddar cheese, sliced into 40 sticks
sugar for sprinkling

 

PROCEDURE:

1  In a small bowl, combine yeast, sugar, and lukewarm water. Let stand for 5 minutes to let bubbles form on top.

2  In a large bowl, mix together eggs, yolks, water, and butter. Pour in the yeast mixture and mix.

3  In another large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, powdered milk, and salt. Pour in the liquid mixture; mix. (Dough will be quite sticky.)

4  Grease your work area with butter. Knead the dough until smooth. (To check for the right consistency, dough should be easily stretched into a thin film without breaking.)

 Form dough into a ball and place in a greased bowl; cover with plastic wrap. Let dough rise at room temperature until it doubles in size, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

 Remove plastic and punch down dough to release air.

 Form dough into a log and divide equally into 40 (50-gram) pieces.

 Using a rolling pin, flatten each piece; spread with softened butter.

9  Place a cheese stick in the center of each piece; roll. Pinch ends to seal.

10  Arrange rolls on a greased baking sheet and proof until they double in size. Bake at 325ºF for 15 minutes.

11  Brush cheese rolls with butter and sprinkle with sugar.

 

Time- and energy-saving tip  Make it effortless! In Step 4, you can also use an electric mixer with the dough hook attachment to mix and knead the dough. To get a darker crust, brush top with milk before baking.

Recipe from Yummy.ph