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  • 7 Quick and Easy Recipes for Pinoy Dessert and Candy

    It's a week's worth of Pinoy treats, from no-bake pastillas to easy leche flan puto.
    by Jillianne E. Castillo .
7 Quick and Easy Recipes for Pinoy Dessert and Candy
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  • 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. 

    Makes 6 servings

    200 grams pandan leaves, washed and torn roughly
    1/4 teaspoon pandan flavoring, optional
    1 box unflavored green gulaman, around 90 grams
    1 pack all-purpose cream, chilled (around 250 ml)
    3 tablespoons condensed milk
    150 grams chopped buko meat
    150 grams grated coconut (niyog)

    Recipe instructions can be found at Yummy.ph.

    2. Leche Flan

    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. 

    3. Pastillas

    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. 

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    4. Leche Flan Puto

    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

    Recipe instructions can be found at Yummy.ph.

    5. Maja Blanca

    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.

    6. Yema

    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

    Recipe instructions can be found at Yummy.ph.

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