• 7 Easy-to-Make Noche Buena Desserts to Impress the Mother-in-Law

    We've got your Noche Buena dessert contribution covered, mom!
    by Jillianne E. Castillo .
  • 7 Easy-to-Make Noche Buena Desserts to Impress the Mother-in-Law
  • Even the busiest moms can still whip up a dessert for Noche Buena that can impress the biyenan! How? These easy recipes are all you need: 

    1. Basic No-bake Cheesecake



    You don't need an oven to whip up this cheesecake which, according to Yummy.ph, is “as easy as it gets.” There's also lots of room for tweaking so you can use whatever you like for the fruit topping or cookie base. This will need four to six hours to set so make in advance!

    18-21 pieces graham crackers, or your preferred cookie, about 1 1/2 cups
    1/3 cup butter, medted
    2 tablespoons sugar
    1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    1 cup whipping cream, from 2 lemons, soaked in ice-cold water
    1 (227-gram) block cream cheese, softened
    1/4 cup sugar
    1 tablespoon gelatin, unflavored
    1/4 cup fresh milk
    canned pie filling, for topping

    Recipe instructions can be found at Yummy.ph

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    2. Cathedral Windows



    Uncomplicated but always welcome at the Noche Buena feast is this easy-to-prepare Pinoy panna cotta and gelatine dessert. Perfect for Christmas with its festive colors!

    For the gelatin squares
    3 packs different flavored powder gelatin (preferably different colors)
    3 cups hot water 
    1 1/2 cups cold water 

    1 cup water 
    2 tablespoons unflavored gelatin
    1 cup water 
    350 ml evaporated milk
    500 ml all-purpose cream
    1/2 cup sugar

    Recipe instructions are at Yummy.ph


    3. Homemade ice cream



    If homemade ice cream won’t impress your biyenan, we don’t know what will! This “dirty” street food-style cheese ice cream only needs 6 ingredients and no special equipment — you don't need an ice cream maker. You can adjust the sweetness to your liking, and don’t forget to prep a day ahead. 

    1 cup all-purpose cream
    1/2 cup fresh milk
    1 1/2 cup evaporated milk
    1 1/2 cup white sugar
    1 egg
    125g cheddar cheese, diced

    Recipe instructions can be found at Yummy.ph.


    4. Easy Crema de Fruta



    Crema de fruta, a classic of Noche Buena spreads, can be time consuming to make. But, this no-bake recipe from Yummy.ph makes use of broas as its sponge cake layer so it's no-bake! They have a genius tip on how to make it soft in texture. See the link below to find out how.

    For the custard
    2 large egg yolks
    1/4 cup sugar 
    3 tbsp all-purpose flour
    1 cup fresh milk
    1/2 all-purpose cream
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    fruit cocktail

    For the gelatin
    1 1/2 cup fruit cocktail syrup and water
    1/4 cup sugar
    1 tsp high-yielding gulaman powder

    For the sponge cake layer
    broas

    Recipe instructions are at Yummy.ph

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    5. Mango Float Freezer Cake



    This may be the ultimate in crowd-pleasing desserts. Serve it frozen or chilled, it's good either way. Soon, you'll find yourself with relatives requesting you to make this for every handaan. 

    300 grams ladyfinger cookies (broas)
    1 tea bag earl grey tea
    2 cups hot water
    4 teaspoons white sugar
    lemon juice
    1 cup graham crackers crumbs, crushed
    100 grams butter
    1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream, whipped into stiff peaks
    4 large mango, cubed
    2 tablespoons coconut sugar

    Recipe instructions are at Yummy.ph.


    6. Summer Gelatin Recipe




    Serve a dessert that looks like it could be part of a hotel buffet spread! This has strawberry, nata de coco, and gelatin packed in individual servings. Your guests will feel extra special as you hand them out. 

    120 grams strawberries, drained
    85 grams strawberry-flavored gelatin
    7 grams unflavored gelatin
    1/3 cup sugar
    2 cups water
    4 sheets gelatin
    4 cups water, (cold), divided
    1/2 cup sugar
    100 grams nata de coco (jelly made from coconut water), drained
    strawberries, for garnish

    Recipe instructions are at Yummy.ph.


    7. No-bake Chocolate Mud Pie



    Did you know you could make chocolate cake without an oven? This cookies and cream cake is made “with your favorite sandwich cookie made into a crust, layered with a dark chocolate pudding that mimics the chocolate cookie, and topped with whipped cream,” says Yummy.ph. Yes, please! 

    For the Chocolate Crust
    1 1/2 cups chocolate cookie crumbs, more for topping
    1/4 cup butter, melted 

    For the Dark Chocolate Pudding
    1/4 cup cornstarch
    1/3 cup sugar
    1/4 cup cocoa powder 
    1/8 teaspoon salt
    1 cup semi-sweet chocolate, chopped  
    1 1/2 cups fresh milk
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Recipe instructions are at Yummy.ph.

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