A few weeks ago I mentioned in a Relief Society gathering that before I went home, I really wanted to learn how to make Bibingkang Kanin. It is probably, without a doubt, my favorite Filipino dessert. I first tasted it at the mission home a few weeks after arriving and have been exposed to many versions over the past two years. However, we went to a birthday party a month or so ago and when they served it there, I was IN LOVE!! It was the best I had and asked Sister Franada if she would teach me how to make it so I could make it for my family. Now I know it won't be exactly the same because there are things that can be purchased here that we do not have in the US but I think I can substitute and recreate after my 'training day'. I took pictures [many] to help me remember the recipe and the process so will share with you all. Bet you wish you lived close enough to us that you too could have a taste in a few months. MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM...delish!!!
|Sister Castro is starting the fire-everything is cooked outside [these women|
do not have stoves and ovens and are master campers!!]
|Sister Navarro is making sure it has just the right amount of fuel.|
|You know this goofy lady-|
|This is fresh ground coconut. It needs to be squeezed and squeezed to extract|
the coconut milk. I was stiff and sore the next day---such a wimp!
|The coconut milk will boil for about 20-30 minutes then cooked rice is added.|
|Fresh coconut water will be used for the drink that the sisters are preparing. And|
the coconuts will be shaved for the topping.
|Tarzan with his machete.|
|The water is drained.|
|Sister Navarro and Sister Castro adding the rice for the base of the cake.|
|In preparation for the topping, the fresh coconut is scraped out and collected.|
|A banana leaf is used to smooth the rice base into the pan. I LOVE this pan|
and want to bring one home-so cool!!!! Like a huge fluted cheesecake pan.
|The fresh coconut is sprinkled on the top and then a smattering of|
grated cheese is added.
|The final topping is the rice/brown sugar/coconut milk mixture that was|
|They do not have ovens here but have developed a way to 'bake'. Coals|
are placed on the metal siding and then placed on top of the
cake in the pan. There is heat coming from the underside also-like
a huge Dutch Oven.
|The finished product. Wait until you taste it!! It is called Coconut Cake in English or|
Bibingkang Kanin in Tagalog. Anyway you say it, it is delicious!!!