Sweet Tooth Special: Top 20 Filipino Desserts and how to make them

I’ve always had a weakness for sweets (who doesn’t?), but I honestly, truly believe, it is a common Filipino trait. I mean, look at our spaghetti, it’s sweet! If you are reading this and you are not a Filipino or are familiar with out culture, prepare to get take your mind on a wild ride. If you decide to try the recipes, then take your taste buds on that ride too.

The Filipino palate is a little bit weird. It is a combination is southeast Asian and Spanish. Think of it as the best of both worlds. So wether you are trying to impress your Filipino friends or wanting to try something new, let this Filipino desserts list be your guide. Enjoy!

 

1. Pichi- Pichi.

No, not Pokemon. This delicious dish is made with Cassave, Sugar and Water. Get the whole recipe from FoxyFolksy here.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups grated cassava, no need to squeeze out liquids
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1¾ cups water
  • 2 teaspoon of baking soda solution
  • 1 cup grated coconut

 

2. Biko.


Serves: 24-32 slices

Ingredients

  • 2½ cups glutinous rice
  • 4 cups coconut milk
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • banana leaves

Topping

  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 250 g palm sugar or dark brown sugar

For the complete set of instructions, click here for AngSarap.

 

3. Sapin-Sapin.


Ingredients:

  • 3 cups glutinous-rice flour
  • 1½ cup sugar
  • ½ can 400g condensed milk
  • 6 cups coconut milk
  • 1 cup grated ube (purple yam)
  • 2 tsp annatto powder
  • ½ tsp anise extract
  • ⅓ cup macapuno, drained and finely chopped
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut

Read the full directions here.

 

4. Polvoron. This recipe is for cookies and cream Polvoron.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups powdered full cream milk
  • 1 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/8 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup cookies and cream(Oreo), ground
  • japanese paper or cellophane
  • polvoron moulder

Get the directions here. Want plain polvoron? Just eliminate the ground up Oreo.

 

5. Banana-Cue.


Ok, this one is pretty self explanatory. But for those who don’t know how to do it. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Bananas / Plantains
  • Brown sugar
  • Oil for deep frying.

Banana-cues are deep-fried bananas with caramelized sugar on a stick. Always make sure to heat up the sugar first before dropping the bananas so they will stick.

Photo credit: JunBelen

 

6. Cuchinta.

 

7. Maja Blanca

For Maja Blanca

  • 2 14 fl oz cans coconut milk
  • 1 cup sweet corn kernels
  • 1¼ cup cornstarch
  • ⅓ cup water
  • ¾ cup condensed milk
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Get Cooking instructions here.

 

8. Bibingka (Sweet Rice Cake)

Ingredients:

  • one 8-oz. package cream cheese
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 lb. (3 ½ cups) sweet rice flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • one 15-oz. can cream of coconut
  • 1 cup milk
  • one 8-oz. can crushed pineapple
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

Get more detailed instructions here.

 

9. Ginataang Bilo-Bilo

Ingredients

  • 20 to 25 pieces glutinous rice balls (Bilo-bilo)
  • 1 (20 oz.) can ripe jackfruit
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups coconut cream
  • ¾ cup granulated white sugar
  • 1½ cups cooked sago

Instructions here.

 

10. Mango Float

Ingredients:

  • 3 large very ripe mangoes, sliced
  • 2½ cups (20 oz; 600 ml) whipping cream, chilled
  • 1¾ cups (14 oz; 400 g) condensed milk, chilled
  • about 10 oz (300 g) graham crackers

This is my ultimate favorite! Especially if my sister Eula makes it. Get more detailed instructions here.

 

11. Shakoy – Filipino Twisted Donuts


Ingredients

  • 4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 t. salt
  • 2 t. dry active yeast
  • 1 c. lukewarm water
  • 2 T. oil
  • 1/4 c. white sugar

Ah!! Shakoy and Coca-Cola. The perfect Filipino afternoon snack . Get full instructions here. 

 

12. Cassava Cake


Ingredients:

  • 5 Cups Grated cassava
  • 2.5C brown sugar
  • 5 C coconut milk
  • 3 eggs
  • Pinch of salt

I don’t know about this recipe. People are raving about it so hopefully it works. Let me know if you have tried it. Read the instructions here. 

 

13. Puto.

No, keep your head out of the gutter. It’s not a male prostitute. It’s just colorful rice cake!

Ingredients:

  •  2 cups rice flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  •  3 teaspoon baking powder
  •  2 cups coconut milk
  • 1 cup white sugar
  •  1 teaspoon anise seeds (optional)
  • 1 cup grated coconut (or coconut flakes)

Cooking Instructions here.

 

14. Banana Fritters / Kumbo

An all time favorite afternoon merienda. This sweet fried banana covered in sugar is just what you need on a summer afternoon siesta.

Ingredients:

  • 3 pcs. ripe saba (banana plantains)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (1/2 cup for batter and 1/2 cup set aside for dredging)
  • 3/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 pc. egg, beaten
  • 1 cup fresh milk (or evaporated milk)
  • 1/4 cup white refined sugar
  • 1/8 cup margarine or butter
  • cooking oil for frying

Get the instructions here.

 

15. Buko (Young Coconut) Pandan Salad

  • 1 Food color – optional, Green
  • 3 cups Tapioca pearls
  • 1 fresh Young coconut shreds
  • 1 1/2 cans Condensed milk
  • 1 packet Gelatin, green
  • 5 cups coconut Water
  • 1 bottle Of sweetened nata de coco
  • 6 Pandan leaves, washed and cut into 1-inch pieces

 

16. Brazos de Mercedes

INGREDIENTS
For the Custard Filling
  • 10 egg yolks, beaten
  • 1 (14 ounces) can condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • zest of 1 lemon
For the Meringue
  • 10 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 cup superfine sugar
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar

Instructions available here. 

 
17. Iced Candy.

You can make this for any fruit, but our ultimate favorite is avocado.

Ingredients:

  • 4 Cups fruit juice.
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 cans Nestle table cream
  • 2 cups milk

Credit to: Pinay Cooking Corner

 

18.  Turon
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INGREDIENTS
  • 10 small bananas
  • 20 fresh lumpia wrappers
  • 1-2 cups oil for frying
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • water

This recipe is from Pinch of Yum. Want that authentic taste? Add some jackfruit in that bad boy and you are in business.

 

19. Halo Halo!!!!

Yes, the exclamation mark is necessary. If you are new to the Filipino world, this dessert is essential to our survival.  No kidding. I would literally die if I don’t eat one at least once every year.

Ingredients
  • 6 tbsp halo-halo mixture, divided into 2 tbsp each
  • 2 tbsp macapuno (preserved shredded young coconut)
  • 2 tbsp kaong (palm nuts)
  • 2 tbsp nata de coco (coconut gel)
  • 2 tbsp fresh grated cantaloupe
  • Crushed or shaved ice
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • vanilla ice cream (can also use mango)

– See more here.

 

20. Ube – Macapuno Cake.. or UBE ANYTHING.

Ingredients

  • For the Cake:
  • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup ube powder (unsweetened)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 4 tsp ube flavor
  • For the Frosting:
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 3 tsp ube flavor
  • 1/3 cup macapuno

Get the nitty gritty here. 

What do you think? Are you hungry yet?

Comment below or email me us at editor@thecleverfilipina.com if you have a recipe you want us to feature. Happy eating!

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