Dulce de leche and chocolate cookie trifle


If there's a drink that always brings back memories of childhood, milk and chocolate has to be on the top of the list. This trifle brings that combination to a whole new level. The layers are made of crushed chocolate sandwich cookies and dulce de leche. The dulce de leche layers are prepared in two ways -- one, with cocoa powder; the other, with cream cheese. The cream … [Read more...]

Dulce de leche banana cream tart


It's a pity that Mexican Made Easy airs locally only once a week. Wish there were more sensible food shows like it on TV. Personally, I can do away with Gordon Ramsay, The Next Food Network Star, Iron Chef, Bobby Flay and Bruce Lim.Mexican Made Easy, I love. But it airs on Wednesday morning (or is it Thursday morning?) and since I'm rarely awake before noon, I've seen … [Read more...]

Sticky rice mold with dulce de leche and toasted coconut topping


Inspired by how wonderfully the suman with dulce de leche dipping sauce turned out, I decided to create a similar dessert (or snack) using practically the same ingredients -- sticky rice, homemade dulce de leche and coconut. But instead adding the coconut or its extraction to the rice, I used toasted flaked coconuts to top my creation.It's very simple, the only thing … [Read more...]

Melon cocktail with grape syrup


If you Google "melon cocktail", you'll find that there are two categories. The first is an alcoholic drink; the second is a dessert. This falls under the second category. But while most melon cocktail desserts simply used balled melon and a sprinkle of mint leaves, this is something more. Yep, the grape syrup which I have to tell you about.Last week we were at the … [Read more...]

Mocha and almond trifle


The inspiration started with a photo. The finished dessert turned out to be something else because, believe or not, it was partially made with “failed cookies.”What failed cookies?Last Sunday, Sam saw photos of "Coraline" cookies and wanted to make them. Coraline? You know, the Neil Gaiman book about the little girl who had a duplicate family from another … [Read more...]

Rocky road: a no-bake, no-cook dark chocolate dessert


Wouldn't it be lovely if the most delectable desserts were fuss-free and did not require baking nor cooking? Unfortunately, most desserts take a lot of time and effort to prepare. Fortunately, there is rocky road which requires no baking nor cooking but demands patience for it needs to set perfectly before it is cut and served.Rocky road is a fudge, not a brownie. So, … [Read more...]

Choco flakes (chocolate-covered corn flakes)


Whenever we go to Baguio, one of the things that the girls insist we buy is choco flakes -- clusters of chocolate and corn flakes sold in jars in just about any store that sells souvenir items. Choco flakes are easy enough to make at home and I might have tried making them years ago if it weren't for the Baguio association. For some reason, no one really thinks about choco … [Read more...]

Almond jelly with peaches, cherries and blueberries


One of the most common desserts in Chinese restaurants is almond jelly -- cubes of almond-flavored jelly served with fruit pieces, usually, canned fruit cocktail. When you order a set menu for a large group, almond jelly is usually the dessert provided in the set. It's cheap and it's easy to prepare and it's light enough after a very filling multi-course … [Read more...]

Holiday perfect dessert: panna cotta with peaches


Easy, inexpensive and eye-catching holiday dessert. Classic panna cotta topped with slices of peaches arranged in a burst pattern. Gorgeous. Delicious.Panna cotta is an Italian creamy pudding made by cooking cream, sugar and gelatin, letting the mixture cool until firm, then serving it plain or topped with fruits or nuts, or even drizzled with syrup. Unlike a gelatin … [Read more...]

Dark chocolate truffles


Making European-style pastries used to intimidate me. They look so dainty and delicate and I'm always worried that I'm too heavy handed to execute them. Well, I'm slowly overcoming the fear. I started with the simplest project -- panna cotta. As I became more comfortable with the language and techniques, a tarte Tatin, chocolate souffle, apple strudel and budino. Earlier … [Read more...]