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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Servings
7 people
Servings
7 people
Cascaron - Bitsu-Bitsu (Dough Balls) Recipe
Print Recipe
Servings
7 people
Servings
7 people
Ingredients
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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