Vanilla leche flan ice cream

The original plan was to bake brownie shells and serve the ice cream in them. So, I told Dexie, the feisty cook who also made ice cream over the holidays. But the oven was problematic and the cake shell baking pan was too large to fit into the turbo broiler. No brownie … [Read more...]


Yema balls

When I met with girl friends from law school for our annual Christmas get-together one night last week, we exchanged gifts and each of them got a container of yema balls from me. The photo above was taken by one of my friends while we were having coffee that night. She … [Read more...]


Coconut pandan cake balls

Along with the nut-crusted mocha-cinnamon cake balls, I brought these very tropical morsels to a party with friends from the U.P. WILOCI. Why coconut and pandan? It's a classic combination in Southeast Asia, for one. But the more significant reason...See, I was browsing … [Read more...]


Nut-crusted mocha-cinnamon cake balls

Why didn't I realize before that cake balls make an ideal party dessert? Serve them on pretty paper cups (yes, the kind you line cupcake pans with) and there is no need to cut and serve. That's less work for any host and hostess, and that also means no dessert plates and … [Read more...]


Oatmeal and lime custard bars

Something like lemon squares but with a lot more texture in the crust because of the inclusion of rolled outs. The crunchy texture is repeated on top in the modified streusel topping. And between all that crunch is a zesty custard that is more milk than eggs. Really … [Read more...]


Double lime cupcakes

It's the basic butter cupcake -- with lime. Why "double"? Because there's lime in the cupcakes and lime in the glaze. But lime is a citrus -- won't all that lime make the cupcakes too tart? No, actually, all that lime makes the cupcakes truly delicious. Lime zest goes into … [Read more...]


Dark chocolate and orange truffles

If you find that strawberries and chocolate go together well, wait 'till you pair chocolate with oranges. Twice as good; maybe, even more.The inspiration came from a childhood memory. We used to buy bags of mini-chocolate bars, a local brand -- Mayfair, if I remember … [Read more...]


How to slice brownies (and other cookie bars) neatly

There was an e-mail from reader Katy asking if I use any special equipment for baking brownies. In particular, she wants to know how my brownie slices come out neat. Okay, I admit that cutting brownies, especially fudgy brownies, can be tricky. Do it wrong and you can get … [Read more...]