Cascaron – Bitsu-Bitsu (Dough Balls) Recipe

Cascaron – Bitsu-Bitsu (Dough Balls) Recipe

Cascaron

Cascaron, deep fried bread dough, is a popular merienda (snack) option in the Philippines. Filipinos love fried food. I love anything fried! 

Cascaron  or “Bitsu-Bitsu”,  deep fried bread dough; crunchy outside; soft and sticky inside.   It’s made from mochiko flour, a kind of sweet rice flour.   Cascaron is a sweet crunchy snack that should not be confused with the other bread dish called bitso-bitso or bicho-bicho which uses all purpose flour instead of mochiko flour.

If you’re looking for more merienda recipes check out our Merienda Series  including “Halo-Halo ” Filipino Iced Mixed Fruit DessertHalayang Ube (Purple Yam Jam)Banana Lumpia – TuronBibingka GalapongPuto Cheese (Steamed Rice Cake with Cheese)Mais con Yelo – Refreshing Filipino SnackBananas in Syrup – Minatamis na Sabang SagingBanana Que – Fried Banana SkewersPancit Palabok – Filipino Noodle DishBiko (Sweet Rice Cake) TreatFilipino Beef Empanada Recipe Champorado: Filipino Chocolate Rice PorridgePalitaw – Coconut & Sesame Seed Topped Sticky Rice DumplingsChicharon (Crispy Pork Rinds) RecipeChicharon (Crispy Pork Rinds) and Buko Pie – Filipino Coconut Pie!

 

Ingredients:

1 box mochi flour

1/3 box of dark brown sugar

1 cup grated fresh or canned coconut

1 1/2 cup hot water

1/4 cup cold water

Vegetable oil for frying

Directions:

Place grated coconut in hot water. Squeeze until the water turns opaque or milky.

Place a dish towel or fine cheese cloth over a bowl and pour coconut and water into the cloth.

Drain coconut milk into bowl, then squeeze remaining coconut in the towel until all the liquid is squeezed out.

Mix drained coconut in flour and add milky coconut water until dough is soft but not too sticky.

Shape dough in balls of 1 inch diameter and fry in 2-3″ of oil until golden brown.

Drain dough balls on paper towel then put them in a large mixing bowl.  Set aside.

Boil cold water and brown sugar in a small sauce pan until it reaches the soft boil stage this is done by placing a drop of syrup in a bowl of cold water.  If it retains it shape and is soft, it is ready.

Pour over dough balls.  Toss fried dough balls in the syrup until all are completely covered.

Remove from bowl and place them in a platter to cool.  You can skewer them on to bamboo sticks for a nice presentation.

Service with hot or cold drinks.

 

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Cascaron - Bitsu-Bitsu (Dough Balls) Recipe
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7 people
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7 people
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7 people
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7 people
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Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Place grated coconut in hot water and squeeze until the water turns opaque or milky.
  2. Place a dish towel or fine cheese cloth over a bowl and pour coconut and water into the cloth.
  3. Let the water drain, then squeeze remaining coconut in the towel until all the liquid is squeezed out.
  4. Mix drained coconut in flour and add milky coconut water until dough is soft but not too sticky.
  5. Shape dough in balls of 1 inch diameter and fry in 2-3" of oil until golden brown.
  6. Drain dough balls on paper towel then put them in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.
  7. Boil cold water and brown sugar in a small sauce pan until it reaches the soft boil stage this is done by placing a drop of syrup in a bowl of cold water. If it retains it shape and is soft, it is ready.
  8. Pour over dough balls. Toss fried dough balls in the syrup until all are completely covered.
  9. Remove from bowl and place them in a platter to cool. You can skewer them on to bamboo sticks for a nice presentation.
Recipe Notes

Put just enough vegetable oil in a large frying pan to cover the dough balls. Make sure that when you fry them, the oil is hot. Put a piece of dough in the pan to test and if the dough sizzled and rises to the top, then it’s ready. Place dough balls in the pan, but don’t overcrowd.

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Kutsinta (Brown Rice Cake) Recipe!!!

Kutsinta (Brown Rice Cake) Recipe!!!

Kutsinta

Kutsinta or Cuchinta is a popular Filipino Merienda (Snack) and Panghimagas (Dessert). Kutsinta is  a reddish-brown sticky rice cake made with rice flour and topped with shredded coconut.

Kutsinta or Cuchinta is a type of Kakanin (Sticky Rice/Glutinous Rice) that uses food grade lye water as an ingredient.  The lye water is what makes the Kutsinta somewhat sticky and chewy.

This kutsinta recipe requires both rice flour and glutinous rice flour. Rice flour is ground long or medium grain rice.  Glutinous or sweet rice flour is ground short grain rice.   It requires minimum effort and the procedures are so easy to follow. If you’re thinking of making something for merienda, this would be a recipe worth trying.

If you’re looking for more merienda recipes check out our Merienda Series  including “Halo-Halo ” Filipino Iced Mixed Fruit DessertHalayang Ube (Purple Yam Jam)Banana Lumpia – TuronBibingka GalapongPuto Cheese (Steamed Rice Cake with Cheese)Mais con Yelo – Refreshing Filipino SnackBananas in Syrup – Minatamis na Sabang SagingBanana Que – Fried Banana SkewersPancit Palabok – Filipino Noodle DishBiko (Sweet Rice Cake) TreatFilipino Beef Empanada Recipe Champorado: Filipino Chocolate Rice PorridgePalitaw – Coconut & Sesame Seed Topped Sticky Rice Dumplings and Maja Blanca (Coconut Pudding ) Filipino Recipe!

 

Ingredients:

1/2 cup glutinous rice flour

1/2 cup grated coconut for dipping

2 tsp. Chinese (food grade)  lye water (lihia) found in Asian Markets

1/2 cup rice flour

3/4 cup brown sugar

1-3 drop red liquid food colouring

1 1/2 cup water

¼ cup cooking oil

 

Directions:

Heat the water and melt the brown sugar. Do not boil then add the lihia.

Mix in the rice flour and glutinous rice flour and dissolve thoroughly.

Strain to remove lumps, then add the food colouring.

Brush the muffin pans with oil and pour the mixture halfway through.

Steam for 20 minutes or until the top is set when touched.

Then add the grated coconut for Toppings.

Serve with hot or cold drinks.

 

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Kutsinta Recipe (Brown Rice Cake) Recipe!!!
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Cook Time
20-30 Mins.
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10 Mins.
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20-30 Mins.
Kutsinta Recipe (Brown Rice Cake) Recipe!!!
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Prep Time
10 Mins.
Cook Time
20-30 Mins.
Prep Time
10 Mins.
Cook Time
20-30 Mins.
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Heat the water and melt the brown sugar. Do not boil then add the lihia.
  2. Mix in the rice flour and glutinous rice flour and dissolve thoroughly.
  3. Strain to remove lumps, then add the food colouring.
  4. Brush the muffin pans with oil and pour the mixture halfway through.
  5. Steam for 20 minutes or until the top is set when touched.
  6. Then add the grated coconut for Toppings.
  7. Serve with hot or cold drinks.
  8. Share and Enjoy!!!
Recipe Notes

The Lye Water/Lihia is found in all Chinese or Filipino markets and stores.

Put oil on muffin pans to easily remove the Kuchinta from the pan.

You can adjust the proportion of Rice flour and Glutinous Rice flour according to your   preference.

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Palitaw – Coconut & Sesame Seed Topped Sticky Rice Dumplings

Palitaw – Coconut & Sesame Seed Topped Sticky Rice Dumplings

Palitaw (Sticky Rice Dumplings) with Coconut and Toasted Sesame Seeds

Palitaw means “to surface or to float”. It is also the name of a popular Filipino snack,  flat oval-shaped pieces of rice dough cooked in boiling water until they float to the surface.  

Palitaw is one of the best meriendas (snack) and panghimagas (dessert) in Philippines. It’s a chewy sweet rice cake made from malagkit (sticky rice).

Making this yummy snack is pretty easy, we make this once or twice a week.   You’ll enjoy it paired with, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, or milk,  with cold drinks like Lemon Grass Ginger Ice Cold Tea.

If you’re looking for more merienda recipes check out our Merienda Series  including “Halo-Halo ” Filipino Iced Mixed Fruit DessertHalayang Ube (Purple Yam Jam)Banana Lumpia – TuronBibingka GalapongPuto Cheese (Steamed Rice Cake with Cheese)Mais con Yelo – Refreshing Filipino SnackBananas in Syrup – Minatamis na Sabang SagingBanana Que – Fried Banana SkewersPancit Palabok – Filipino Noodle DishBiko (Sweet Rice Cake) TreatFilipino Beef Empanada Recipe and Champorado: Filipino Chocolate Rice Porridge!

 

Ingredients:

2 cups glutinous rice flour

1 cup grated coconut

½ cup sesame seeds, roasted

½ cup granulated sugar

1 cup water

 

Directions:

Combine glutinous rice flour, water and mix until dough is formed.

Scoop out  2 tbsp. of dough and roll it into a ball.

Flatten the ball  using the palm of your hands to make it oval shaped.

Bring water to boil in a large pot.

Drop in flattened dough.  It will sink to the bottom.

When the dough floats up remove from water with a slotted spoon, drain, and set aside.

Combine sugar and roasted sesame seeds and  mix well.

Roll the rice cake in grated coconut then in the sugar-sesame seed mixture.

Arrange in a serving plate.

Serve with hot or cold drinks.

 

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Palitaw (Sticky Rice Dumplings) with Coconut and Toasted Sesame Seeds
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Palitaw (Sticky Rice Dumplings) with Coconut and Toasted Sesame Seeds
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Servings
4-5 people
Servings
4-5 people
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Combine glutinous rice flour, water and mix until dough is formed.
  2. Scoop about 2 tbsp. of dough and roll it into a ball.
  3. Flatten the ball using the palm of your hands to make it oval shaped.
  4. Bring water to boil in a large pot.
  5. Drop in flattened dough. It will sink to the bottom.
  6. When the dough floats up remove from water with a slotted spoon, drain, and set aside.
  7. Combine sugar and roasted sesame seeds and mix well.
  8. Roll the rice cake in grated coconut then in the sugar-sesame seed mixture.
  9. Arrange in a serving plate.
Recipe Notes

You can buy glutinous rice or glutinous rice flour in all Asian Markets in your place.

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