Simple Chocolate Cupcake with Choco Frosting


Yield: 16 medium cupcakes

Ingredients:
Cupcake:
1 teaspoon white vinegar
3/4 cup evaporated milk
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup vegetable oil

Frosting:
1 cup butter (cold)
2 cups confectioner’s sugar
4 tablespoon cocoa powder

Procedures:
1. Dissolve vinegar in evaporated milk and set aside. In a bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

2. In another bowl, whisk the eggs, sugars, oil and vanilla extract until smooth.

3. Pour half of the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and gently mix. Pour half of the milk mixture and gently mix. Pour the remaining wet ingredients then milk mixture. Mix until just combined. Do not overmix.

4. Pour batter in prepared cupcake pan with cupcake liners. Fill only halfway as the batter will rise when baked.

5. Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

6. To make the frosting, beat the butter until creamy. Add the sugar until well incorporated. Add the cocoa powder and continue beating until the mixture becomes soft.

Oven-Baked Lechon Belly


Ingredients:
2-3 kilo pork belly, wash and clean
2 tablespoons salt
1 tablespoon grind black pepper

Brine:
5 cups water
1 stalk lemon grass (tanglad)
1 stalk onion leeks
2 pieces bay leaves
5 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon peppercorn
5 tablespoons rock salt

Stuffing:
1 stalk lemon grass (tanglad)
3 cloves garlic, crushed
2 onions, quartered

Glaze:
3 fresh milk (optional)
2 tablespoons oil

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a pot, combine, brine ingredients then simmer for 5 minutes over low heat. Let it cool.

Part 2
1. In a large container, place pork belly then soak with the brine. Refrigerate overnight.

Part 3
1. Remove pork belly from the brine then pat dry.
2. Rub pork belly with salt and pepper.
3. Place stuffing in the center then roll. Tie and secure with twine.
4. Brush the surface with milk/oil mixture then place in a baking pan.
5. Bake in a preheated oven over 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 2 1/2 hours. Baste every 30 minutes.
6. Set oven into a grill then baste with milk/oil mixture.
7. Grill each side for 3-5 minutes or until the skin is crispy.
8. Remove from the oven then chop into serving pieces. Serve with Lechon sauce.

Dulce De Leche Cheesecake


Ingredients:
For the Crust:
2 cups crushed grahams
6 tablespoon butter, melted
4 tablespoon sugar

For the Filling:
3 packs cream cheese, softened
1 1/4 cups white sugar
3 eggs
1 cup sour cream
3 tablespoon flour
3 teaspoon vanilla extract

Dulce de Leche:
1/2 cup condensed milk
1 cup evaporated milk
1 piece egg yolk
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon butter

Procedures:
Part 1 (Crust)
1. In a bowl, mix together the crushed grahams, butter and sugar until the mixture is moistened.
2. Press the mixture into round cake pan. Chill in the refrigerator while preparing the filling.

Part 2 (Filling)
1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add eggs, sour cream, vanilla and mix until well combined. Add flour and mix until just combined.
2. Pour the cream cheese mixture into the prepared crust.
3. Bake in preheated oven at 350 Fahrenheit for 60 minutes. After baking, let it stay in the oven for at least 60 minutes.

Part 3(dulce de leche):
1. In a saucepan combine the condensed milk, evaporated milk, egg yolk, and cornstarch. Mix until the egg and cornstarch are well blended.
2. Cook over medium heat while stirring consistently until mixture becomes thick around 20-30 minutes.
3. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla and butter.Let it cool.
4. Top cheesecake with dulce de leche. Chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Tuna Aglio Olio


Ingredients:
400 grams spaghetti pasta
1/4 cup olive oil
8 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
1 can spicy tuna flakes in oil, drained
1 tablespoon dried basil
2 tablespoons capers
1/4 teaspoon dried chili flakes(optional)
basil leaves for garnishing (optional)
salt and pepper to taste

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a large pot, prepare pasta based on cooking instructions. Drain and set aside.

Part 2
1. In a pan, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil then saute garlic, dried basil, capers and chili flakes.
2. Add tuna and stir cook for 3 minutes then season with salt and pepper.
3. Add remaining olive oil and pasta then toss until coat evenly.
5. Transfer to serving plate, garnish with basil leaves then serve.

Dulce De Leche Banana Bread


Ingredients:
4 ripe bananas, mashed
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 pieces eggs
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoon buttermilk dissolved in 1/2 cup water
2 tablespoon banana flavoring or vanilla extract

Dulce de Leche:
1/2 cup condensed milk
1 cup evaporated milk
1 piece egg yolk
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon butter

Procedures:
Part 1(banana bread)
1. In a bowl, combine the sugar, eggs, vegetable oil, buttermilk, and flavoring. Mix together until well combined. In another bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients until well combined. Fold in the mashed banana.

2. Pour batter in prepared loaf pan until 3/4 full.

3. Bake in reheated oven at 150 degrees F for 40-45 minutes or until toothpick inserted at the middle comes out with few crumbs (not wet batter). Remove from oven and let cool. Run a knife around the pan to remove the bread. Set aside.

Part 2(dulce de leche):
1. In a saucepan combine the condensed milk, evaporated milk, egg yolk, and cornstarch. Mix until the egg and cornstarch as well blended.

2. Cook over medium heat while stirring consistently until mixture becomes thick around 20-30 minutes.

3. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla and butter.Let it cool.

4. Top banana bread with dulce de leche. Serve and enjoy.

Pork Barbecue (Inihaw na Baboy)


Ingredients:
1 kilo pork meat with fat, sliced into thin pieces
bamboo skewers (soak in water for 15 minutes)

Marinade:
1 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup calamansi or lime juice
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground pepper
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1/4 cup banana ketchup (optional)

Procedures:

Part 1
1. In a large container, combine marinade ingredients and pork. Marinate inside the fridge overnight.
2. Remove pork from marinade.

Part 2
1. In a bowl, combine 1/4 cup marinade then mix with 1 tablespoon oil and ketchup for basting.

Part 3
1. Arrange marinated pork as desired on bamboo skewers then brush with marinade mixture.
2. Repeat the steps for the remaining pieces.

Part 4
1. Grill pork over hot charcoal for 5 minutes on each side or until tender while basting with marinade mixture.
2. Transfer serving plate and serve with spicy vinegar. Enjoy!

Pinoy Favorites for Noche Buena

PASTA:
Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Creamy Bacon Carbonara

Squid Ball Pancit Guisado

Easy Lasagna

Meaty Spaghetti

DESSERT:
Buko Pandan Salad

Blueberry Graham Icebox Cake

Buko Salad Recipe

Crema De Fruta

No-Bake Cheesecake

PORK:
Turbo Lechon Belly

Pork Sisig Kapampangan

Patatim (Ilokano Style)

Dinakdakan (Pork Belly)

Braised Pork Belly

BEEF:
Bakareta

Baby Back Ribs

Kinamatisang Giniling na Baka

FISH/SEAFOOD:
Oven Grilled Stuffed Bangus

Grilled Stuffed Squid

Crispy Fried Calamares

Sweet and Sour Cream Dory

Chili Crab

CHICKEN:
Easy Chicken Cordon Bleu

Honey Garlic Chicken

Simple Roast Chicken

Chicken Asado

Chicken Lumpiang Shanghai

Easy Pork Stew


Ingredients:
500 grams pork loin, sliced into strips
3 cups water
1 carrot, cut into strips
2 potatoes, cut into strips
1/2 cup green peas
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 large onion, chopped
2 tablespoons cooking oil
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
fish sauce or salt to taste

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a pot, heat oil then saute garlic and onion.
2. Add pork meat and continue sauteing until color turns to light brown.
3. Pour water and simmer for 25 minutes or until pork is tender.
4. Add green peas, carrot and potatoes then simmer for 3 minutes. Seasoned with fish sauce and ground pepper according to taste.
5. Simmer for another 5 minutes or until sauce is reduced and thickened.
6. Transfer to serving plate and serve.

Easy Chicken Cordon Bleu


Ingredients:
10 pieces chicken fillet
10 slices cheddar cheese
10 slices sweet ham, sliced halves
2 raw eggs, beaten
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup bread crumbs
Cooking oil for frying

Procedures:
Part 1
1. Pound the meat using meat pounder, season with salt and pepper.
2. Arrange ham and cheese over the meat and then roll, secure with a thread or toothpick.
4. Dredge the meat in flour, dip again in egg-milk mixture then roll in bread crumbs. Set aside.
5. Repeat the procedures for remaining slices.

Part 2
1. Deep fry over low heat for 15 minutes or until golden brown and tender. Drain.
2. Slice the chicken cordon bleu and arrange on a platter. Serve with dipping sauce.

Shrimp Carbonara


Ingredients:
500 grams Fettucine noodles(or any desired pasta)
1 can evaporated milk
250 ml all purpose cream
1 can creamed of mushroom soup
300 grams shrimps, pelled and deveined
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1 head garlic, minced
1 onion, minced
1 teaspoon ground pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
250 grams grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoon chopped spring onion(optional)

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a large pot, prepare the pasta based on cooking instructions. Set aside.

Part 2
1. Fry shrimps until starts to turn pink. Remove and set aside.

Part 3
1. In a pan, heat oil and saute garlic and onion.
2. Add evaporated milk and creamed mushroom soup.
3. Add the all purpose cream and grated Parmesan cheese. Stir and bring to boil. Season with ground pepper. (Add more evaporated milk or a cup of water if the sauce is too creamy or salty.)
4. Put back the shrimp and add bell pepper, simmer until beginning to thicken. Remove from heat.
5. Prepare pasta on pasta tray, top with grated Parmesan cheese and chopped spring onion.Serve and enjoy.