Dessert is arguably the best part of a meal for the kids (and for us grown-up, too, if we’re being honest). Along with a good helping of fruits, a Pinoy dessert is the perfect way to cap a dinner. Whip up these desserts and watch as the kids eagerly look forward to every family meal.
1. Frozen Buko-Pandan Balls
Pandan is a favorite ingredient in Filipino desserts. Put a deliciously cool twist to the classic buko pandan dessert by turning them into bite-size delights. Make a big batch because everyone will love this.
Don’t be intimidated. This ultimate Filipino-favorite custard dessert isn’t as difficult to make as it seems. Yummy’s video recipe makes everything much simpler as well. Additional tip: “If you really want a very smooth final texture strain the mixture through some cheese cloth or something similar,” says a commenter.
This milky treat is a no-bake dessert that requires just three ingredients: condensed milk, powdered milk and sugar. Make it a family bonding activity by letting the kids help out with shaping and sugar-coating.
Put a Filipino cake and custard together and whip up something you didn’t think could work but surprisingly does: a leche flan puto. You don’t have to cook them separately either. Layer the treat in the same mould and you’re done in less than half an hour.
Makes 2 1/2 dozen
325 grams condensed milk 4 egg yolks 1 cup flour 1 tablespoons baking powder 130 grams milk 20 grams water 1 egg 1 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled 1 pinch salt 1/2 cup sugar
This creamy and light dessert is made with coconut milk, cornstarcha and corn. Look at it as a Filipino take on no-bake squares that’s best served chilled. Additional tip: “Bring the milk mixture to a boil before adding the dry ingredients to make sure the maja blanca sets,” says Yummy.
Here’s another 3-ingredient sweet that’s a sure crowd-pleaser: butter, condensed milk and egg yolks. The steps are simple too: heat ingredients in a pan, set aside to cool and mold. “When forming them into balls, dust hands with sugar to keep the mixture from sticking to your palms,” says Yummy.
7. Ube-Banana Turon Recipe
Typically, turon is eaten as a light mid-afternoon snack for merienda but smaller serving sizes also make great dessert treats. Add spread of ube halaya jam with the saba to level-up this 3-ingredient lightning fast recipe.
Makes 5 servings
5 pieces lumpia wrapper 3 tablespoons ube halaya jam 3 saging na saba, sliced lengthwise