Chocolate cupcakes with crème brûlée frosting

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Chocolate AND custard. Plus a little crunch from the caramelized sugar on top. Can you imagine? It's not a new idea. If you Google "crème brûlée cupcakes", you'll get quite a number of pages in the result. Most, however, use yellow or vanilla batter … »

Dulce de leche banana cream tart

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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 … »

Peach and custard tart

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What can I say about canned fruits and Christmas in the Philippines? One of the most popular sweet dishes served over the holiday season is fruit salad that consists of canned fruit cocktail, cream and sweetened condensed milk. I grew up with the … »

Eye-candy cake with chocolate ganache

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If you've been following this blog long enough, you might remember the zebra cake and the rainbow cake from three years ago. This cake -- and I really can't think of a better name for it except eye candy because it is so, so, soooo pretty -- is a … »

Microwave chocolate chip cake

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A bad, bad craving for something sweet led to the creation of these microwave cakes. I didn't eat much during lunch today and, by mid-afternoon, my stomach was growling. I could have made a sandwich but I wanted something sweet. Fastest and easiest … »

Jam-filled cupcakes

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My girls love cupcakes so I bake when they're home on weekends. Seems to be the only practical time to do it anyway. A cupcake recipe usually yields eight to 12 cupcakes which are too much for Speedy and myself. But when everyone's home, eight to 12 … »

Leche flan (steamed crème caramel)

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There are many misconceptions about leche flan. One, that it is the Filipino version of crème brûlée. It is not, actually. Leche flan is the Filipino version of crème caramel, not crème brûlée. The difference? Crème brûlée has a hard caramel top … »

Mango cheese pie: something between a cheesecake and a custard

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It has a graham cracker crust and it is baked but at a lower temperature and without the baine marie. It has all the traditional ingredients for a cheesecake -- cream cheese, cream, sugar and eggs. Yet, it is not a cheesecake. It's a pie that is not … »

Tie-dye steamed cake a.k.a. rainbow-colored puto

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"Tie-dye" is a process of dyeing fabric so that unique patterns are formed usually in bright colors. Sam was the one who brought the idea into our house. She tie-dyed some shirts and I even managed to photograph her at work. The idea of using the … »

Microwave banana and nut cake with streusel topping

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Overripe bananas are best for baking banana cake. In our house, however, where bananas often disappear before they become overripe, I had to ask people not to touch the last two bananas to allow them to become overripe because I so wanted to try and … »