Butter Mochi

Butter Mochi

When I was growing up surrounded by family, mostly all were Filipino, this yummy dessert was called Bibinka.  It’s soft and sticky in the middle with a bit of coconutty crust on top.

When my family moved to Hawaii back in the late 1970’s what we called Bibinka was called Butter Mochi.  They are essentially the same thing and whatever you call it it’s delicious!

I looked up the recipe for both Butter Mochi and Bibinka and they are very similar.  In fact when I make it I often interchange the recipes.  My kids and grandkids love it which ever recipe I use.

Both ingredients use Sweet Rice Flour which can be purchased at an Asian Market.   They also so use coconut milk which again can be  purchased at the Asian Market.

Butter Mochi

Ingredients:

1 Box Mochiko Flour (Sweet rice flour)

2 Eggs, beaten

1/2 Cup melted butter

1 Tsp. Baking Powder

1 Tsp. Vanilla

1 3/4 Cup Sugar

1 Can Coconut milk

1 Can Evaporated Milk

1/2 Cup Water

Directions:

Oil a 9 x 13 baking pan.

Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees.

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.

Pour into baking pan.

Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean and the middle is firm.

Cool and cut into squares.

 

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Ukoy Na Togue – Shrimp & Bean Sprout Fritter

Ukoy Na Togue – Shrimp & Bean Sprout Fritter

Ukoy or Shrimp Fritters is a popular Filipino street food. There are different types of fillers for this deep fried fritter but the common ingredient is shrimp; unless you want to make it vegan and just have veggies.

Ukoy can be made using grated squash, sweet potatoes, yucca, green papaya, carrots or just bean sprouts, my personal favorite.

Ukoy as I mentioned is a popular street food which can be eaten on the run, but it can be served as a side dish or as I do the main course with rice and a vinegar dipping sauce.

I’ve been trying to make Ukoy the way my Lola, grandma, used to make. Hers always had the perfect texture and the right crunch. She made it with fresh tofu, bean sprouts, and medium sized shrimp. Talk about yummy!

After many fails, I mean trials, I finally figured out where I’ve been going wrong. It was my batter! For reasons I can’t explain I’ve been using egg in my batter, possibly because egg is something that I put in all my batters. But that batter is always thicker and heavier. And the end result was more like a fluffy pancake, not crunchy at all.

Well the simplest solution was no egg batter! Don’t know why I didn’t think of this sooner! Once I omitted the egg my Ukoy turned out perfect. Literally just like Lola’s Ukoy was!

Here’s the recipe!

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Ukoy Na Togue - Shrimp & Bean Sprout Fritter
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  1. In a large mixing bowl whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking powder, garlic powder, salt, and water. Mix until well blended and all powders have dissolved.
  2. Add shrimp, bean sprouts, tofu, green onions, and garlic to the batter. Coat well.
  3. Heat about 1 1/2” of oil in frying pan.
  4. Drop 2 tbs of batter mixture into hot oil. Flatten with back of spoon to form patties.
  5. Fry about 4-5 minutes then flip to fry other side.
  6. Fry another 4-5 minutes or until both sides are golden brown and crisp.
  7. Drain on paper towels.
  8. Mix dipping sauce to taste.
  9. Serve hot with white rice and dipping sauce. Or serve as a snack.
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Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies

Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies

Everyone loves Chocolate Chip Cookies.  It’s the world’s most popular cookie!  Last week I shared the recipe for The Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookie.  It is one of my favorites!  But sometimes I get a craving for more chocolate and that’s when the Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies come in handy.  They are simply delicious!

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I’m sure you’ve seen them at Starbuck’s and other retail bakeries.  I think there are even some packaged ones by Pepperidge Farms.  But nothing comes close to my Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies.  They’re definitely chocolaty but the white chocolate morsels I add give it that extra yum!  They like crunchy brownies with a kick of delicious white chocolate.  They go great with a cold glass of milk!

I use a chocolate cookie dough, milk chocolate chips, and white chocolate chips, that’s why they’re a triple treat!  I use the best ingredients I can find to make these cookies, skimping is not an option.  I use Guittard Unsweetened Cocoa Powder or Vallrhona Cocoa Powder.

Another tip for making bakery quality cookies is to have the proper tools.  In this case to make really good looking (and tasting) cookies you’ll need a measuring cups and spoons, mixing bowls, an electric mixer (a standing mixer is easier but costlier so a hand mixer works too), a 1 Oz. Scoop (they make the cookies all the same size) and a Silicone Baking Mat (or you can use parchment paper, either one works well, but the mat ends up cheaper in the long run and is definitely more eco-friendly).  I know it seems frivolous to buy these things specially if you don’t bake often.  I remember back in the day when we really didn’t have the extra money to spend on them (they were much more expensive then) I used to make do with whatever I had.  But these days with online shops and big box stores baking equipment has become much more affordable!

But you don’t have to rush out and buy mats, scoops, and whatever.  Use what you have or borrow from a baking friend or your mom!  Just make sure you use the best ingredients that you can find, that’s the most important thing!


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Servings: Dozen
Instructions
  1. Cream butter and sugars together using medium speed of an electric mixer
  2. Beat in egg and vanilla
  3. In a small mixing bowl mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder
  4. Mix into egg mixture - dough will form
  5. Stir in milk and white chocolate chips
  6. Pre-Heat oven to 300 degrees
  7. Using 1 Oz. scoop or a 2 tbs. measure drop a ball of dough onto a silicone mat or parchment covered baking sheet about 3" apart
  8. Gently flatten each ball with the back of a spoon to make a 2" circle
  9. Bake for 25 minutes - do not over bake
  10. Remove from oven and let cool on sheet for 5 minutes
  11. Transfer to cooling racks and let cool completely
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The Chocolate Chip Cookie

The Chocolate Chip Cookie

A chocolate chip cookie, the ultimate comfort food.  Who can resist them? But do you know its history?  Most of us don’t and it’s really quite interesting no matter which version you believe!

For starters the chocolate chip cookie is a true American concoction that came to be quite accidentally when its original baker ran out of Baker’s chocolate, or nuts.  But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Ok back in 1930 a dietician named Ruth Graves Wakefield and her husband Kenneth purchased a Cape Cod style house in Whitman a town between Boston and New Bedford,  Massachusetts.   The house was originally built in 1709 and was used by travelers to rest, change horses, have a meal, and pay any tolls needed to use the road.  Ruth and Kenneth soon turned their home into a lodge which, with a nod to its past, they named “The Toll House Inn”.

Now Ruth was a skilled baker and soon drew in visitors from all over the northeast.  Many came to sample her delicious baked goods.  One of her favorite desserts were Butter Drop Do Cookies and her recipe which dated back to colonial days called for Baker’s chocolate.  So one day in 1937 Ruth was making these Butter Drop Do Cookies and found herself lacking the chocolate, so she chopped up a bar of Nestle’s Semi-Sweet Chocolate into tiny pieces thinking that the chocolate would melt and spread throughout the dough.  When it didn’t the chocolate chip cookie was born!  Well that’s one version; another version is she ran out of nuts and substituted the chopped chocolate; still another version claims she accidentally dropped a bar of chocolate into the dough and it broke into tiny morsels.  Whatever the version it’s all part of chocolate chip cookie history!

The new cookies were a hit and Ruth called them “Toll House Chocolate Crunch Cookies”.  Her recipe was published in news papers all over New England and the sales of Nestle’s Semi-Sweet Chocolate bars rocketed.

Then in 1939 when “Betty Crocker” (she was a fictional character who had a radio show) featured them on her radio series “Famous Foods from Famous Eating Places” the chocolate chip cookie went big time!  Ruth being a shrewd gal approached Nestle’s and struck a deal, they could print her recipe on all their semi-sweet bars and later bags in exchange for a lifetime supply of chocolates.  Lucky lady!

In the 1940’s Ruth sold Nestle’s the name “Toll House” and the cookies were widely known as Toll House Cookies.  Nestle lost the trademarked rights to the name in 1983, Toll House is now legally the generic name for a chocolate chip cookie.

The cookie has become the most popular cookie worldwide and is the official cookie of Massachusetts.  As for Ruth and hubby they sold the Toll House Inn in 1966 and it burned down on New Year’s Eve 1984.

So now you know its history.   I’m sure you also know many versions of the chocolate chip cookie recipe have popped up, you may even have your own, I know I do!  But have you ever tried The Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookie?  It’s one of our favorites!  You can order it for dessert at their Mariposa Restaurant where you get a boxed set of 3 cookies and a recipe card, very cute!  Or you can buy the giant sized cookie at their Bistro.  And you can also buy tins of them from the Neiman’s gourmet food department at Christmas time.  We do all 3!  A box of 3 from the restaurant costs $6, the giant cookie at the Bistro is $5, and a tin of them will set you back about $20+.

But Neiman’s is nice enough to share their recipe, remember the boxed set at Mariposa comes with a recipe card.  So if you don’t feel like shelling out $5 or more for a cookie or two; or if you’ve never tried the Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookie then read on because I’m sharing it today!


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  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees
  2. Cream the butter with the sugars using an electric mixer on medium speet until fluffy - approximately 30 seconds
  3. Beat in the egg and the vanilla extract for another 30 seconds
  4. In a mixing bowl, sift together the dry ingredients and beat into the butter mixture at low speed for about 15 seconds
  5. Stir in the espresso coffee powder and chocolate chips
  6. Using a 1 oz. scoop or 2 Tbs. measure, drop cookie dough onto a gr eased cookie sheet about 3" apart.
  7. Gently press down on the dough with the back of a spoon to spread out into a 2" circle
  8. Bake for about 20 minutes or until nicely browned around the edges. Bake a bit longer for crispier cookies.
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Crema de Fruta Filipino Style Recipe!

Crema de Fruta Filipino Style Recipe!

Crema de Fruta is another popular Filipino dessert that usually consists of sponge cake topped in succeeding layers of custard cream, fruits and gelatine. This dessert is usually served during Holidays like Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Festival, Birthdays and Etc.

It’s a delicious recipe that leaves no leftovers during celebrations and still makes your crave for more and more. Today I will give you my version of Crema de Fruta Filipino Style Recipe. Enjoy!

 

Ingredients:

1 large can fruit cocktail, 30 ++ ounces

2 tbsp. unflavored gelatin

4 cups milk

8 pcs. egg yolks

1 tsp. baking powder

⅓ cup butter

1½ cup flour

1½ tsp. vanilla extract

1¾ cups sugar

2¼ cups water

 

Directions:

Sponge Cake Procedure:

Sift the baking powder and 1 cup flour using a flour sifter. Set aside

Add the 4 egg yolks in a mixing bowl and then beat until the texture becomes thick.

Add-in ½ cup sugar gradually while beating the eggs.

Slowly add the sifted flour and baking powder mixture then mix the ingredients thoroughly.

Combine the 1 cup milk, butter, and vanilla extract in a pan and cook until butter melts.

Pour the cooked mixture milk, butter, vanilla extract into the mixing bowl and mix with the existing concoction until evenly distributed.

Preheat the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Pour the combined mixtures in a baking pan then bake for 23 minutes or until sponge cake is ready.

Set aside.

Syrup Procedure:

Heat a saucepan and placing ¼ cup sugar.

Add ¼ cup of water immediately and cook until the sugar completely dissolves then let cool for a few minutes.

Pour the simple syrup on top of the sponge cake and then spread using a brush.

Custard Procedure:

Combine ½ cup flour, 1 cup sugar, and 3 cups milk in a pan then cook while stirring until the mixture thickens.

Add half of the cooked mixture on the bowl where the 4 egg yolks are placed, then mix well.

Put everything back in the saucepan with the rest of the ingredients.

Mix until texture is thick enough “this is now the custard”.

Apply the layer of custard evenly on top of the Sponge cake.

Final Procedure:

Drain the liquid concentrate from the fruit cocktail and set aside.

Arrange all the fruits on top of the custard layer.

Make sure to place them evenly.

Dilute the gelatin in 2 cups of water.

Heat the saucepan then pour the diluted gelatin and fruit cocktail concentrate and bring to a boil.

Immediately after boiling, turn off the heat, let cool down until temperature is a little above normal for a room temperature.

Pour the gelatin mixture on top of the fruit cocktail layer.

Refrigerate overnight.

Serve for dessert,

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Crema de Fruta Filipino Style Recipe!
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Servings Prep Time
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Cook Time Passive Time
35 minutes 55 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 29 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
35 minutes 55 minutes
Crema de Fruta Filipino Style Recipe!
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Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 29 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
35 minutes 55 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 29 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
35 minutes 55 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
Sponge Cake Procedure:
  1. Sift the baking powder and 1 cup flour using a flour sifter. Set aside
  2. Add the 4 egg yolks in a mixing bowl and then beat until the texture becomes thick.
  3. Add-in ½ cup sugar gradually while beating the eggs.
  4. Slowly add the sifted flour and baking powder mixture then mix the ingredients thoroughly.
  5. Combine the 1 cup milk, butter, and vanilla extract in a pan and cook until butter melts.
  6. Pour the cooked mixture milk, butter, vanilla extract into the mixing bowl and mix with the existing concoction until evenly distributed.
  7. Preheat the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  8. Pour the combined mixtures in a baking pan then bake for 23 minutes or until sponge cake is ready.
  9. Set aside.
Syrup Procedure:
  1. Heat a saucepan and placing ¼ cup sugar.
  2. Add ¼ cup of water immediately and cook until the sugar completely dissolves then let cool for a few minutes.
  3. Pour the simple syrup on top of the sponge cake and then spread using a brush.
Custard Procedure:
  1. Combine ½ cup flour, 1 cup sugar, and 3 cups milk in a pan then cook while stirring until the mixture thickens.
  2. Add half of the cooked mixture on the bowl where the 4 egg yolks are placed, then mix well.
  3. Put everything back in the saucepan with the rest of the ingredients.
  4. Mix until texture is thick enough “this is now the custard”.
  5. Apply the layer of custard evenly on top of the Sponge cake.
Final Procedure:
  1. Drain the liquid concentrate from the fruit cocktail and set aside.
  2. Arrange all the fruits on top of the custard layer.
  3. Make sure to place them evenly.
  4. Dilute the gelatin in 2 cups of water.
  5. Heat the saucepan then pour the diluted gelatin and fruit cocktail concentrate and bring to a boil.
  6. Immediately after boiling, turn off the heat, let cool down until temperature is a little above normal for a room temperature.
  7. Pour the gelatin mixture on top of the fruit cocktail layer
  8. Refrigerate overnight.
  9. Serve for dessert,
  10. Share and Enjoy!
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