Pink Velvet Cupcakes

Filipino Style Recipe: I have received requests from my colleagues to do a pink cupcake so one lazy afternoon, I decided to grant their wish. The cupcakes came out beautifully and my colleagues raved about them. Now I am thinking what other flavors and colors will be next.

Yield: 24 cupcakes

Ingredients:
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/4 cup sugar
3 eggs
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup sour cream
2 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
4 drops red food color
1/2 teaspoon strawberry extract (optional)
24 big marshmallows

Procedures:
1. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar using an electric mixer until light and fluffy, around 5 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition until just combined. Beat in vanilla.

2. In another bowl, combine flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Add to the creamed mixture alternately with the sour cream, beating well after each addition. Mixture is a little heavy.

3. Add the food color and strawberry extract and whisk slowly until color is well distributed. Use more or less food color to achieve the shade of pink that you like.

4. Fill paper lined cupcake cups until 2/3 full. Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

5. Get the cupcakes from the oven and quickly top with marshmallows. Put back in the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes until marshmallows are softened. Remove from the oven and press down the marshmallows using spoon. Let it cool completely.

Blue Velvet Cupcake

Filipino Style Recipe: You love red velvet cupcakes but your favorite color is blue. Why not make blue velvet instead? Now you can have your two favorites in one. Happy baking!

Yield: 30 cupcakes

Ingredients:
1 1/2 tablespoons buttermilk powder
1 1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 bottle (1 ounce) blue food color
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

For the Frosting:
1 cup frosty whip (powdered whipping cream)
1 cup cold water
1/2 teaspoon blue food color

Procedures:
1. In a small bowl, mix together the milk, buttermilk, and baking soda. Set aside.
2. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar using electric mixer until light and fluffy, around 5 minutes. Beat in eggs one at a time until just blended.
3. Mix in buttermilk mixture, food color and vanilla.
4. In another bowl, combine flour cocoa, powder and salt. Gradually blend dry mixture into the wet mixture.

Part 2
1. Spoon batter into paper lined muffin cups until about 2/3 full.
2. Bake into preheated oven at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
3. Remove from oven and cool in wire racks.

Part 3
1. Beat the powdered whipped cream, water and food color until peaks form. Chill for 15 minutes.This will make the frosting easier to pipe and hold its shape.
2. Frost cooled cupcakes. Serve and enjoy.

Chocolate French Rolls

Filipino Style Recipe: Chocolate French Rolls is a simple yet special bread dish that can be served together with hot coffee. The bread flatten then fill with chocolate spread. Roll then dip in egg and milk mixture. Coated with sugar and cinnamon powder then fry until golden brown.

Ingredients:
10 slices white bread
1 cup chocolate spread
1 cup corned beef
1 raw egg
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1/2 cup butter

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon powder then mix well.
2. In a separate bowl, combine egg and milk then whisk until combined.

Part 2
1. Remove the crusts from each slice of bread then flatten with a rolling pin.
2. Fill each slice with chocolate spread.
3. Add 1/2 teaspoon corned beef then roll the bread tightly.

Part 3
1. In a pan, melt butter. Dip each roll in egg-milk mixture then roll in sugar-cinnamon mixture.
2. Lightly fry each roll until golden brown.
3. Roll in sugar-cinnamon mixture. serve immediately with hot coffee.

Lemon Cupcake with Blackberry Frosting

Filipino Style Recipe: Lemon Cupcake with Blackberry Frosting is another delicious pastry made of lemon flavored cupcake with blackberry frosting on top. Best to serve with coffee or snack for kids.

Ingredients:
For the cupcakes:
2 egg whites
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
5 tablespoon butter, softened
2 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 egg yolks
1 3/4 all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup sour cream
1 lemon (lemon zest and lemon juice)

For the Frosting:
1/2 cup butter
1 1/3 cup powdered sugar
1 pack (9oz) cream cheese, sliced into 6 pieces
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup blackberry jam or pie filling
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a mixing bowl, combine egg whites and cream of tartar and mix with hand mixer until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
2. Using a stand mixer, mix the butter, vegetable oil, and sugar until well combined, around 3 minutes. Add the egg yolks and vanilla until well blended.
3.Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Alternate adding the sour cream and dry ingredients in 3 parts in to the butter mixture until just blended.Do not overmix. Fold in the lemon zest, lemon juice, and egg whites to the batter until evenly combined.
4. Fill cupcake liners until 1/2 full and bake into preheated oven at 350 farenheit for 15 -18 minutes or until toothpick inserted at the middle of cupcake comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let it cool in rack.

Part 2
1. Using a stand mixer, cream together the butter, powdered sugar, and salt starting in slow speed for about 2 minutes then at medium to high speed until light and fluffy.
2. Add the cream cheese 1 slice at a time while continuously mixing. Add the blackberry jam and vanilla then mix until the berries are blended.
3. Pipe or simply scoop out the frosting on top of each cupcake. Make sure that the cupcakes are cooled before frosting. Serve.

Toasted Garlic Pandesal

Filipino Style Recipe: Toasted Garlic Pandesal is a simple side dish that can be serve together with pasta or with coffee. The pandesal cut into half then spread with garlic-butter mixture. Toast in a oven until crispy and golden.

Ingredients:
4 large-sized whole wheat pandesal, cut in half horizontally
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
6 cloves garlic, minced
fresh parsley, minced

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a small bowl, combine butter, garlic and parsley then mix well.
2. Spread the mixture over the bread then arrange in a baking pan.

Part 2
1. In a preheated oven, bake the bread over 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-12 minutes or until crispy and golden.
2. Transfer into serving platter then serve immediately.

Blackberry Pancakes

Filipino Style Recipe:This recipe gives you a fluffy and delicious pancake that’s perfect for breakfast or even for snack. This can be your a perfect weekend treat after a busy week from work or school.

Estimated time of preparation: 10 minutes
Estimated time of cooking: 10-15 minutes
Good for 3-4 servings

Ingredients:
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon powdered buttermilk
1 cup all purpose flour
3 tablespoon white sugar
1 teaspoon baking power
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg
2 tablespoon butter, melted
1/4 cup blackberry pie filling

Optional for serving:
Slices of butter
Chocolate syrup
Powdered sugar

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a small bowl, combine milk and buttermilk. Let it sit for around 2 minutes. Add the eggs and butter to the buttermilk mixture then beat lightly.In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar,baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
3. Once you are ready to cook, combine the dry, wet ingredients, and the blackberry and mix until just blended. Do not overmix.

Part 2
1. In a pan over low heat, scoop 2 tablespoon of the batter. Wait for it to have some bubbles before flipping on the other side. Cook the other side for about 1 minute or until lightly browned.
2. Put on serving plate, top with slices of butter, drizzle with chocolate syrup, sift powdered sugar and enjoy!

Lemon Cupcake

Filipino Style Recipe: The original recipe is for simple cupcake but I wanted to add some zing to it, thus the lemon. And guess what? my family raved about them. This cupcake is perfect with your favorite coffee or tea.

Estimated time of preparation: 20 minutes
Estimated time of baking: 18 minutes (plus preheating time)
Good for 16-18 medium cupcakes

Ingredients:
or the cupcakes
2 egg whites
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
5 tablespoon butter, softened
2 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 egg yolks
1 3/4 all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup sour cream
1 lemon (lemon zest and lemon juice)

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a mixing bowl, combine egg whites and cream of tartar and mix with hand mixer until stiff peaks form. Set aside.

2. Using a stand mixer, mix the butter, vegetable oil, and sugar until well combined, around 3 minutes. Add the egg yolks and vanilla until well blended.

3.Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Alternate adding the sour cream and dry ingredients in 3 parts in to the butter mixture until just blended.Do not overmix. Fold in the lemon zest, lemon juice, and egg whites to the batter until evenly combined.

4. Fill cupcake liners until 1/2 full and bake into preheated oven at 350 farenheit for 15 -18 minutes or until toothpick inserted at the middle of cupcake comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let it cool in rack.

Salted Caramel and Pecan Cupcakes

Filipino Style Recipe: The salted caramel sauce is very easy to prepare compared to the usual cupcake frosting. The salt balances the sweetness of the cupcakes and the pecan gives it a crunch. The cupcakes are also moist and creamy. I would say this is one of my favorite combination for a cupcake.

Estimated time of preparation: 20 minutes
Estimated time of baking: 18 minutes (plus preheating time)
Good for 16-18 medium cupcakes

Ingredients:
For the cupcakes:
2 egg whites
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
5 tablespoon butter, softened
2 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 egg yolks
1 3/4 all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup sour cream

For the toppings:
1/4 cup caramel sauce
1 teaspoon salt
18 pieces glaze pecans

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a mixing bowl, combine egg whites and cream of tartar and mix with hand mixer until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
2. Using a stand mixer, mix the butter, vegetable oil, and sugar until well combined, around 3 minutes. Add the egg yolks and vanilla until well blended.
3.Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Alternate adding the sour cream and dry ingredients in 3 parts in to the butter mixture until just blended.Do not overmix. Fold in the egg whites to the batter until evenly combined.
4. Fill cupcake liners until 1/2 full and bake into preheated oven at 350 Fahrenheit for 15 -18 minutes or until toothpick inserted at the middle of cupcake comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let it cool before piping the frosting

Part 2
1. In a pan over low heat, put the caramel sauce and continuously stir until it starts to rapidly bubble and thickens. Remove from heat and stir salt. Let it cool. Scoop about 1/2 teaspoon into the top of each cupcake then top with pecan.

Sweet Beef Tapa

Filipino Style Recipe: Sweet Beef Tapa is one of the all-time favorite filipino breakfast. Preparing home made beef tapa is healthier because you can avoid the artificial preservatives usually found in frozen goods. This version of beef tapa is a combination of sweet and salty flavor that you will surely enjoy.

Estimated Time of Preparation: 10 minutes (excluding marinating time)
Estimated time of cooking:8-10 minutes per batch

Ingredients:
1/2 kilo beef sirloin, thinly sliced
Cooking oil for frying

Marinade:
6 tablespoon vinegar or calamansi juice
5 tablespoon soy sauce
2 tablespoon salt
1 medium head garlic, crushed and minced
6 tablespoon white sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper(optional)

Procedures:
Part 1
1.In a mixing bowl, combine all the marinade ingredients and mix until the sugar and salt are dissolved.
2. Put in ziploc or plastic container. Soak each slice of the beef and marinade for at least 4 hours or over night.

Part 2
1. Heat pan with cooking oil over medium fire.
2. Arrange beef slices in 1 layer on the pan. Cook for 3-5 minutes then flip on the other side and cook for another 3 minutes. Remove from pan.
3. Serve with sliced tomatoes or vinegar with garlic.

Chicken Ala Pobre

Ingredients:
500 grams chicken fillet, cut into serving pieces
3 tablespoons Soy Sauce or liquid seasoning
2 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
1 head garlic, peeled and chopped
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper

Procedures:
1. In a large bowl, combine chicken, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and ground pepper then marinate for 15 minutes.
2. In a pan, heat oil then stir fry garlic until browned. Drain and set aside.
3. In a same pan, fry chicken for 4 minutes or until golden brown. Drain and set aside.
4. In a same pan, pour the marinade then bring to boil.
5. Put back the chicken then toss until the sauce is reduced.
6. Transfer to serving plate then top with toasted garlic.