Meringue with Mango

Filipino Style Recipe: This crisp and sweet meringue is perfect with the freshness and tangy flavor of the mango. It is a perfect balance of different flavors and textures. This will be surely enjoyed by adults and kids alike.

Ingredients:
4 egg whites from 4 large egg
pinch of salt
1 cup confectioners sugar
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon white vinegar

Topping:
1 piece ripe mango, diced in small chunks

Procedures:
1. Preheat oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line baking sheets with parchment paper then sprinkle with flour. Set aside.
2.In a bowl of an electric mixer fitter with whisk attachment, beat egg white and salt until still peaks form.Add cornstarch and vinegar and mix until just combine.
3. Scoop around 3 tablespoon of the meringue mixture into the baking sheets and form into small nest. Do the same to make other nests.
4. Place in the oven and lower the temperature to 210 F. Bake for 30 -35 minutes or until the meringue is crisp on the outside.Turn off the oven and open the oven door but leave the meringue to cool inside.
5. Remove from oven. Transfer to wire rack to cool completely. Top only with the mango when ready to consume to keep the crispiness of the meringue.

Cheese Cupcake with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1/3 cup sour cream
4 tablespoon milk
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup grated cheddar cheese

For the Frosting:
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1 (8 ounce) cream cheese, chilled
1/4 cup confectioner’s sugar

Procedures.
1. In a bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda.
2. In a mixing bowl, beat together the sugar and butter until creamy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating lightly after each addition. Add the sour cream,milk, and vanilla extract and beat until combined.
3. Gradually add the flour mixture and mix using spatula until no dry lumps remain. Fold in the grated cheese. Do not over mix.
4. Put cupcake cups into muffin pan and pour batter into each cup until almost full, around 3/4 of the cup.
5. Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15-20 minutes.Remove from oven and let it cool slightly before frosting.

To prepare the frosting:
1. In a bowl on top of a pan with boiling water, melt the chocolate chips.Let it cool.
2. In a mixing bowl, beat together the cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Slowly add the melted chocolate and beat again until well combined.
3. Frost the cupcake.

Silvanas

Filipino Style Recipe: Silvanas is a popular Filipino dessert made from a layer of buttercream sandwiched between meringue sheets then coated with ground biscuits.

Ingredients:
Meringue:
3/4 cup cashew nuts, grind until finely ground
6 egg large whites
1 tsp cream of tartar
3/4 cup granulated sugar

Buttercream:
1 cup salted butter, softened
1 cup confectioner’s sugar, sifted
1/2 cup milk

Coating:
ground biscuit or crumbs

Procedures:
Part 1(Meringue)
1. In an electric mixer, beat egg whites and cream of tartar.
2. Add granulated sugar gradually then beat until it forms a stiff peak.
3. Add ground cashew nuts then fold.

Part 2
1. In a baking pan lined with parchment paper, Pour and level the meringue using a spatula.
2. Bake in a preheat oven over 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Let it cool then refrigerate until consumed.
3. Then Use round or oval shape cookie cutter to cut into pieces.

Part 3(Buttercream)
1. In a mixing bowl, beat butter until creamy then add confectioner’s sugar gradually.
2. Gradually add milk then beat until well combined.

Part 4(Assembly)
1. Spread buttercream on one meringue sheet.
2. Put another sheet on top.
3. Cover all sides with buttercream.
4. Roll and cover all sides with ground biscuit then take out the excess.
5. Refrigerate before serving.

Ice Scramble

Filipino Style Recipe: Ice Scramble or iskrambol is a popular Filipino street food consists of shaved ice, milk, sugar, extract and red liquid coloring. This dessert is easy and simple to preapared and usually served during meryenda (mid-afternoon snack) or summer season.

Ingredients:
1 medium-sized can evaporated milk
1/2 teaspoon banana or vanilla extract
few drops of red liquid coloring
3 cups shaved ice

Toppings:
powdered milk
marshmallows
chocolate syrup

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a mixing bowl, combine evaporated milk, banana extract, sugar and liquid coloring.
2. Add shaved ice then mix until well blended.Adjust consistency as desired.

Part 2
1. In a cup, pour ice mixture then top with milk powder, marshmallow and chocolate syrup.
2. Serve immediately.

Photo credit to Soneng

Strawberry Panna Cotta

Filipino Style Recipe: Strawberry Panna Cotta is another variety of popular panna cotta dessert. My version of strawberry panna cotta is simple yet looks very elegant. This dessert will definitely impress your guests. It is very light and refreshing to the taste buds.

Ingredients:
1 cup crushed grahams
4 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoon melted butter
1 cup whipped cream
1 pack instant pudding mix, strawberry flavor
250 grams strawberry pie filling

Procedures:
1. In a mixing bowl, combine the crushed grahams sugar and melted butter. Press onto the bottom of the serving glass around 2 tablespoon each.
2. Add the whipped cream on the next layer until half of the glass. You can use a plastic bag and cut on the edge to pipe the cream easily into the glass.
3. Prepare the pudding mix according package instruction. Pour on top of the whipped cream until almots full. Chill until the pudding is set. Top with strawberry pie filling.

Mango Panna Cotta

Filipino Style Recipe: My version of Mango Panna Cotta is very simple to prepare yet looks very elegant. This dessert will definitely impress your guests. It is very light and refreshing to the taste buds. Dont be intimidated by the name and try it! You may replace the whipped cream layer with coconut milk and agar agar.

Ingredients:
1 cup crushed grahams
4 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoon melted butter
1 cup whipped cream
1 pack instant pudding mix, mago flavor
1 piece ripe mango, cheeks removed and chopped

Procedures:
1. In a mixing bowl, combine the crushed grahams sugar and melted butter. Press onto the bottom of the serving glass around 2 tablespoon each.
2. Add the whipped cream on the next layer until half of the glass. You can use a plastic bag and cut on the edge to pipe the cream easily into the glass.
3. Prepare the pudding mix according package instruction. Pour on top of the whiped cream until almots full. Chill until the pudding is set. Top with the ripe mango.

Puto Flan with Caramel Sauce

Filipino Style Recipe: Puto Flan with Caramel Sauce is a Filipino favorite mid-afternoon snack (meryenda) made of puto bread with leche flan then drizzle with caramel sauce.

Puto Flan
Ingredients:
2 cups cake flour or all purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 egg whites
1/4 cup evaporated milk
1 1/2 cup water
1/2 teaspoon yellow food color

Leche Flan:
4 egg yolks
1 big can (300 grams) condensed milk
2 teaspoon lemon juice

Procedures:
Part 1 (Leche Flan)
1. In a bowl, combine mixture then whisk until well blended.
2. Grease moulds then pour leche flan mixture 1/2 inch full.
3. Place into steamer then cover with cheesecloth, steam over low heat for 10 minutes.
4. Remove from steamer and let it cool.

Part 2 (Puto)
1. In a separate bowl, combine wet mixture until blended
2. In another bowl, combine wet mixture until blended
3. Combine both mixture then add food color. Mix until no lumps and smooth.
4. Strain mixture using clean cheesecloth then pour over leche flan until almost full.
5. Place into steamer then cover with cheesecloth, steam over low heat for another 10 minutes.
6. Top each puto with leche flan then steam for another 5 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of a puto comes out clean.
7. Remove from steamer and let it cool.

Caramel Sauce
Ingredients:
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoon butter, cut into small cubes
2 tablespoon all purpose cream
1/4 teaspoon salt

Procedures:
1. In a pan over medium heat, put the sugar and wait until it starts to melt. Do not stir the unmelted portion as this will cause the sugar to harden. The sugar will turn to thick amber colored liquid. You may now start stirring careful not to burn the sugar.
2. Stir the butter until completely melted.
3. slowly drizzle thhe all purpose cream . The mixture will bubble rapidly, continuously stir until the cream is evenly incorporated.The mixture will thicken once cooled.
4. Remove from heat and stir half of the salt. You may add the other half depending on your preference to the saltiness of your salted caramel. Allow to cool before drizzling to puto flan.

Note: Put in a bottle and cover tightly if not yet to be used. You may store this in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Ginataang Bilo-Bilo

Filipino Style Recipe: ginataang bilo-bilo or sticky rice balls in sweet coconut milk is another variety of popular Filipino mid-afternoon snack (meryenda) that is usually served in any special occasion. It is consist of sticky rice balls cooked in sweetened coconut milk together with other ingredients.

Ingredients:
Glutinous Rice Balls(bilo-bilo):
1 cup glutinous rice flour(malagkit)
1/2 cup water

3 cans(400 ml) coconut milk
1 can(400 ml) coconut cream
300 grams white sugar
200 grams tapioca pearls(sago)
200 grams sweet potato(camote), peeled and cut into cubed
200 grams taro(gabi), peeled and cut into cubed
6 pieces ripe plantain bananas(saging na saba), peeled and sliced
250 grams ripe jack fruit(langka)

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a bowl, mix rice flour and water to make a dough-like consistency.
2. Get a small piece and form into small ball about 1/2 inch in diameter.
3. Repeat this step until all the dough are consumed. Set aside

Part 2
1. In a big pot, pour coconut milk and bring to boil.
2. Add tapioca pearls, sweet potatoes and taro. Simmer uncovered until the pearls are cooked.
3. Add banana, jack fruit and rice balls. Simmer until all the rice balls has floated in the surface.
4. Pour coconut milk and sugar to taste.
5. Transfer to serving bowl then serve.

Strawberry Cheese Cupcakes

Filipino Style Recipe: Strawberry Cheese Cupcakes is a mouth-watering dessert that can be served in all kind of occasion.

Ingredients:
1 small can strawberry pie filling
10-12 muffin cups
muffin pan

Crust:
2 cups crushed grahams
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Cream Cheese:
2 packs cream cheese, softened at room temperature
1 can condensed milk
1 lemon, juiced and zested
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 eggs
2 tablespoon flour

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a bowl, mix together the crust ingredients until well combined.
2. Grease muffin pan and line with muffin cups.
3. Scoop a mixture and press into the the bottom of each muffin cup.
4. Bake in preheated oven at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 5 minutes. Remove from the oven but keep the oven on.

Part 2
1. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese using an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
2. Gradually beat in the condensed milk. Mix in lemon juice, lemon zest, and vanilla extract.
3. Beat in the eggs at low speed one at a time until just combined.
4. Add the flour and beat again.

Part 3
1. Pour the cream cheese mixture into the muffin cups until 2/3 full.
2. Bake for 25 minutes without opening the oven.
3. Let it cool completely then place scoop of strawberry filling.
4. Refrigerate for at least 4 hourse until ready to serve.

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.