Espasol, It is a type of rice cake that is made of rice flour and cooked in coconut milk then rolled with toasted rice flour and usually shaped into small cylinders then wrapped with paper. This unique Filipino treat was originated from the Province of Laguna, Philippines and is available in bus stops and pasalubong stores.
There are many kinds of rice cake recipes and treats, almost all have the same concepts but Espasol is a is distinguished not only for having glutinous sticky rice as a main flour, but also for being finished with a little bit of dusting of rice flour. This is my recipe version of Espasol. Enjoy!
4 cups glutinous rice flour (malagkit)
4 cups coconut milk
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups sugar
Toast rice flour in a skillet over medium heat then stir frequently, for about 25 to 35 mins. or until color turns pale gold and aroma becomes nutty. Set aside ½ cup for rolling espasol.
Combine coconut milk, vanilla extract, salt and sugar in a wide pan over medium heat.
Bring to a boil, stir frequently until sugar and salt are completely dissolved.
Slowly add 3-1/2 cups of the toasted rice flour, stir regularly to prevent lumps.
Lower heat and continue to cook, stirring and turning regularly, for about 35 to 45 minutes or until mixture is very sticky and becomes oily.
Transfer mixture onto a flat surface and dusted with the remaining toasted flour.
Roll and flatten mixture to about ¼-inch thick using a rolling pin.
Cut espasol into strips with a lightly-greased knife.
Roll espasol on toasted flour until fully coated using your clean hands then shake to rid of excess flour and wrap each piece in banana leaves or in a Japanese paper.
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.