Chocolate Chip and Mango Muffin

The most common recipes I encounter for muffins calls for blueberries. However, blueberries can be pretty expensive since they are not usually grown locally. This muffin is using ripe mangoes which are commonly available in the market all year round. The mango gives this muffin a summery tropical feel that you got to try.

For the muffin:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon buttermilk powder dissolved in 1/2 cup milk (or water)
1 cup mango, seeded and diced
1/2 cup chocolate chips

For the coconut streusel:
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon white sugar
3 tablespoons desiccated coconut
1 pinch salt

1. In a bowl, beat the butter, sugar, and salt until smooth. Add one egg and beat until completely blended. Add the second egg and beat again.
2. In a separate bowl, combine the flour and baking powder. Stir into the butter mixture alternately with the buttermilk in 3 parts. Toss the chocolate chips in flour (to avoid sinking at the bottom of muffin) then fold into the batter together with the mango.Fill the prepared muffin cups.
3. To prepare the coconut streusel, combine flour, the cinnamon, sugar, the coconut, and 1 pinch of salt in a small bowl. Mix in butter until completely incorporated into the flour. Sprinkle on top of the filled muffin cups.
4. Bake in preheated oven at 350F for 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted at the middle comes our clean.

Mango Fool

1 cup whip cream
1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup Honey
1 ripe mango, peeled, pitted and diced (chopped some into small pieces)
1 cup crushed graham cookies

Part 1
1. In a mixer, combine cream, vanilla extract and honey then whip until stiff peaks.
2. Add chopped mango and mix until just blended.

Part 2
1. In a serving glass, add a layer of crushed graham then a layer of mango-cream mixture.
2. Add another layer of crushed graham then another layer of mango-cream mixture.
3. Add another layer of crushed graham then top with diced mango.
4. Repeat the procedure for the remaining glasses.
5. Refrigerate for 45 minutes before serving.

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.

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

1 piece ripe mango, diced in small chunks

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.

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.

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

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.

Mango Muffins

Filipino Style Recipe: Mango Muffins is my Filipino version of popular Blueberry Muffin. The muffins are moist and full of flavor. You can definitely enjoy summer in every bite.

2 1/4 cup flour
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup milk
1 tablespoon buttermilk powder
2 eggs
2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup ripe mango, diced

For Toppings:
4 tablespoon flour
1 tablespoon butter, softened
2 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Part 1
1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda.
2. In a medium bowl, combine the milk and buttermilk. Add the eggs and vanilla and stir until just combined.
3. Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture. Mix until just combined. Do not over mix.
4. Fold the mango into the batter.

Part 2
1. To make the streusel, combine the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and butter until you form coarse crumbs. Sprinkle on top of each muffin.

Part 3
1. Line the muffin pan with muffin cups. Fill each muffin cup with the batter.
2. Bake in preheated oven at 350 Fahrenheit for 20-25 minutes.
3. Remove from the oven and let it cool.

Mango Papaya Smoothie

Filipino Style Recipe: Mango Papaya Smoothie is another healthy and refreshing beverage. This beverage is made of mango, papaya, sugar and crushed ice. This refreshing beverage is similar to other healthy shakes and best to serve during summer season.

Estimated time of preparation: 5-8 minutes
Good for 2 glasses

1 ripe mango
1 1/2 cup ripe papaya
4 tablespoon sugar
1/2 cup water
2 cups crushed ice

1. Put the ripe mango and papaya in the blender and pulse 4 times.
2. Add the sugar and crushed ice and water.Mix in the blender until all ingredients are smooth.
3. Pour on glass, serve and enjoy!

Mango Salsa

Filipino Style Recipe: Mango Salsa is a delicious and colorful salsa made with mangoes, tomatoes, onion, cilantro, lime juice and spring onion. This is usually serve as side dish for with fried or grilled food.

Estimated time of preparation: 5-7 minutes

2 mangoes, peeled and diced
2 tomatoes, diced
1 onion, diced
2 tablespoons lime or lemon juice
2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
2 tablespoons spring onion, chopped

1. In a large bowl, combine mango, tomatoes, onion, cilantro and spring onion then toss together.
2. Sprinkle with remaining spring onion then serve with sauteed shrimp paste.

Mango Salad

Filipino Style Recipe: mango salad is another type of salad made of unripe green mangoes, tomatoes, onion and cilantro then dressed with fish sauce and lime juice. Mango salad is a simple and easy to prepare that is commonly serve as appetizer or side dish specially during summer season.

Estimated time of preparation: 15 minutes
Good for 3-4 persons

2 pieces unripe green mangoes, peeled and cut into strips
2 tomatoes, deseeded and chopped
2 red onions, chopped
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
2 teaspoon toasted peanut, chopped(optional)
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped(optional)
a dash of dried chili flakes(optional)
1 teaspoon cumin ground(optional)

Salad Dressing:
2 tablespoons fresh lime or calamansi juice
3 tablespoons fermented fish sauce
2 tablespoons honey(dissolved in 2 tablespoons water)

1. In a bowl, combine salad dressing until well blended. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients then pour salad dressing. Toss to combine then serve.

Fish Fillet Ala Pobre with Tomato-Mango Salsa

Filipino Style Recipe: Fish fillet ala pobre with tomato-mango salsa is an easy and simple dish made of fried fish fillet topped with fried garlic and tomato-mango mixture. I got this idea from one of the morning show when a popular catering Chef executed on how to make this dish.

Estimated time of preparation and cooking: 20-30 minutes
Good for 4 servings

4 pieces fish fillet (tilapia, salmon, snapper)
1 head garlic, grind
1/4 cup butter
2 tablespoons soy sauce or Worcestershire sauce
salt and pepper to taste
canola oil for frying

Tomato-Mango Salsa:
4 pieces tomatoes(kamatis), cut into small pieces
1 medium-sized green mango(mangga), cut into small pieces
1 onion, cut into small pieces
1/4 cup soy sauce or Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper

1 tablespoon tomato sauce(optional)
1 green bell pepper, cut into small pieces(optional)
1 tablespoon chopped parsley(optional)

1. Season fish fillet with salt and pepper then fry until light brown.
2. Drain on paper towel then transfer to serving plate.

Part 2
1. In a bowl, combine tomato-mango salsa ingredients then stir well. Set aside.

Part 3
1. In a same pan, reduce oil then saute garlic until light brown.
2. Add butter and soy sauce then stir until butter is melted.
3. Pour the sauce over fish fillet then serve with tomato-mango salsa.

Green Mango Shake

Filipino Style Recipe: green mango shake or green mango milkshake is another sweet, creamy and refreshing beverage. This beverage is made of green mango, sugar and cubed ice. Some added powdered or evaporated milk for creamy consistency. Green mango shake is similar to mango shake and best to serve during summer season.

Estimated time of preparation: 5-8 minutes

2 green mangoes, peeled and cut into cubes
1/2 cup powdered milk(optional)
2 tablespoons sugar or other sweetener to taste
1 cup ice cubes

1. In a blender, process green mango, milk, and sugar until blended.
2. Add ice and blend until smooth, add more sugar if needed.
3. Pour into glasses then served cold.