Summer time. The season for picnics, long weekend lunches and out-of-town trips. Although nothing can ever compare to home-baked goodies, lovingly prepared, for these occasions, if you’re not into baking or simply lack the time, you can still enjoy pastries and breads that elicit memories and aromas of a home kitchen.
A stone’s throw from my daughters’ school, at the corner of P. Ocampo (Vito Cruz) and Bautista Streets in Manila, is an institution.
You can’t miss it — it’s an edifice that looks like it’s from the turn of the century.
Two-storey wooden structure with large capiz windows…
Becky’s Kitchen has been selling soft and moist brownies for as long as I can remember. In all these years, the brownies are just as good. Speedy and I were there for a while last week, killing time, sipping coffee that I didn’t know until then they served there. Customers came in and out, always leaving with boxes and boxes of brownies.
How should I describe the brownies? Not chewy-fudgy the way brownies made with more modern recipes are but soft-fudgy as though the brownie pans were snatched out of the oven a tad too early and the cookie dough was simply allowed to cook a little more in the residual heat of the pans.
I especially love the cherry walnut fudge. Unforgettable.
If you like something less sweet, there are cheese rolls and ensaymadas.
And there are whole cakes too but I couldn’t take photos of them because the reflection on the refrigerated glass casings was making it impossible to view anything clearly. Perhaps, next time, the lighting would be better and I can take more photos.