Peach Mango Pocket Pies

Peach Mango Pocket Pies

Wake up to a brighter morning with these delicious Peach-Mango Pocket Pies. This is the easy version using ready-made puff pastry sheets. Peach-Mango Pocket Pies or simply peach mango pie is a popular dessert from a fast-food restaurant in the Philippines, called Jollibee. This is our local version of Mc Donald's. It is truly a delicious treat and one I usually indulged in whenever we go there to eat or even for a take-out.  The combination of peach and mango could not be more perfect and the light, crispy fried crust that encloses is…Read more→
Puff Pastry Sticks

Puff Pastry Sticks

Get this super easy 2-in-1 Puff Pastry Sticks recipe that is perfect for snacks or appetizers.  I got the idea for this recipe when I attended a dear friend, Tami's birthday party. She served the bacon and cheese sticks version of it as a finger food. Armin and I loved it so much and I thought it was a brilliant idea for the blog. Simple, easy and very tasty!    Since I made some jars of basil pesto from the newly harvested basils from our garden, I thought it would be a nice alternative…Read more→
Mango Cake

Mango Cake

Try this Mango Cake recipe for a cool, not-too-sweet and with a touch of tanginess treat. A perfect balance of flavors that you will surely love. This article was originally posted on 19th February 2014 and updated today to include new photos.Mango Cake is one of my all-time favorite cakes. I made my very first mango cake  for a friend's birthday two years ago. I used fresh mangoes, although here in Germany it is difficult to get hold of mangoes as they have to import them and they only have these really big ones…Read more→
Mamon Recipe

Mamon Recipe

Mamon is a Filipino mini chiffon cake that is a popular afternoon snack. Get this simple and easy recipe for that light, airy and fluffiest Mamon ever! Someone has requested for a recipe for Mamon some time ago and I finally found the one that I am quite satisfied with to share here. Mamon ('Mah-mon') if a Filipino chiffon cake usually in a form of muffin. You can find them almost in any bakery in the Philippines. A simple Mamon is just brushed with butter and sprinkled with sugar but you can also…Read more→
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

A perfect combination of sweet and tart, this strawberry rhubarb pie with crisp crumb topping is simply delicious! One of my favorite things about spring, is watching the plants and trees wake up from its winter slumber. The ground starts to be covered in green, the trees are getting their new leaves and spring flowers are in full bloom. All that and... rhubarb! At last, rhubarb is again available! I just can't get enough of this beautiful yet weird plant. Like, how do you even classify it? I was in the grocery store…Read more→
Cashew Caramel Bars

Cashew Caramel Bars

Try this easy and simple recipe for Cashew Caramel Bars that are loaded with cashew nuts. Inspired from Max's caramel bars. I got a request from a follower on my Facebook Page  for a recipe for caramel bars. But not just any caramel bars, she was asking for something much more specific. She wanted the one from Max's Restaurant. I tried some recipes online but in the end I came up with my own. How bad though that I cannot make the actual comparison because, of course, we do not have Max's in Germany. Instead, I…Read more→
Filipino Cheese Bread – deliciously soft and cheesy!

Filipino Cheese Bread – deliciously soft and cheesy!

Another well-loved breakfast or afternoon snack by many Filipinos! Unlike other cheese bread you know, Filipino cheese bread is sweet and milky.   Back home, there is this bakery well-known all over the town of San Fernando, Pampanga for their cheese bread, the L.A. Bakeshop. They started downtown in 1985, not so far from the Cathedral and public market but the last time I was there, I heard they have already branched out to several other places. I have to agree with a lot of people saying that theirs is simply the best…Read more→
Lemon Torte (inspired from Purple Oven’s)

Lemon Torte (inspired from Purple Oven’s)

This is a new favorite! King, my soon-to-be brother-in-law, brought us a delicious Lemon Torte/Cake for our Media Noche (New Year's Eve feast). He got it from Purple Oven, a popular bakery in Manila. And it was so good that is why I had to remake it because, sadly, we do not have Purple Oven outlet in Germany :-( . I don't have their exact recipe so this one is my own, but inspired from theirs. Thru (some) experience, guessing and some experimenting, I could say it turned out quite well.  It is…Read more→
German Black Forest Cake

German Black Forest Cake

Now, here is a classic! The Black Forest Cake or Black Forest Gateau (British) or what is known here, in Germany where it originated, " Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte" which literally means Black forest cherry torte. I had Black Forest cakes before in the Philippines (mostly from Goldilocks), but believe me, it's not the same! The original Black Forest cake has Kirschwasser in it. It is a clear fruit brandy made from sour cherries and without it, it does not really qualify as Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte. Well at least not in Germany. The first time I made this cake, I was…Read more→
Filipino Spanish Bread Recipe

Filipino Spanish Bread Recipe

Spanish Bread is a popular 'merienda' or afternoon snack in the Philippines. It has nothing to do with the Spanish bread of Spain (Pan de Horno) except maybe that they share the same form (rolled) but the Filipino version of Spanish bread has a sweet buttery filling in it! Spanish bread has been on my list, like forever, but I made it a priority, now that two lovely ladies have been asking for it! This is for you Espie and Belle! Making the bread itself was no biggie. I read a lot of…Read more→
Mango Float Easy Recipe

Mango Float Easy Recipe

Mango float could be the easiest, delicious no-bake dessert you could ever make. Only needs 4 ingredients too! It is a favorite Filipino 'icebox cake'  that is a big hit during the holiday seasons or any other special occasions.  Before we go on, I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year! I know it is a bit late and I would also like to apologize for not posting anything for so long but there is a reason for that...I was in the Philippines since first week of December to attend our dear youngest sister, Cherry,…Read more→
Super Easy Blueberry Muffin

Super Easy Blueberry Muffin

This easy recipe for Blueberry Muffins are perfect for breakfast or at tea time. I specially love the smell of freshly baked blueberry muffins filling my kitchen..a great way to start a day...       Fresh blueberries will be great if available but the jarred or even frozen ones will also do well. I like to have my blueberry muffins still warm from the oven. I do not use muffin tins at all, I just double the muffin paper as long as they are sturdy enough to hold the shape while baking. Less to clean afterwards. 5.0…Read more→
Easy No-bake Cheesecake

Easy No-bake Cheesecake

This Cheesecake Recipe is my own and one of the easiest and fastest one I have ever made, not to mention, my hubby´s favorite dessert!!! It has a very creamy and fine texture and is not so sweet. Additionally, the little salt in the crust makes for a perfect balance in taste. You can have different toppings, like  mixed fruits, strawberry sauce or filling, peaches or just anything that you like, but I like blueberry jelly sauce the best! You can also have it simply without any toppings at all. This is also…Read more→
Carrot Cake/ Cupcake Recipe

Carrot Cake/ Cupcake Recipe

Looking for a Carrot Cake or cupcake Recipe?  Here is one that makes a moist, dense, flavorful but not so sweet carrot cake or cupcakes that is simple and easy to follow. I made the same cake for a friend`s birthday party last summer and used Cream Cheese Frosting. I was worried that the frosting may not hold so well or melt due to the warm weather. But to my surprise it endured and stayed in shape the whole day even at room temperature. I made this particular carrot cake you see in the photos…Read more→
Sturdy Cream Cheese Frosting

Sturdy Cream Cheese Frosting

This Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe is perfect for Carrot Cakes, Banana Cakes, Hummingbird Cake and most cupcakes and cakes if you prefer to cut on the excessive sugar that other frosting usually have. I was reading a lot of recipes in the internet but I was looking for something specific. I want the cream cheese frosting to be firm enough for decorating or piping and be able to hold really long even at room temperature or even a bit warmer. The thing is, all the recipes I saw requires a lot of powdered…Read more→
German Marble Cake Recipe

German Marble Cake Recipe

This is a quick and easy recipe for a soft, spongy yet moist Marble cake. I like to think of this as my 'emergency' or 'last minute' cake. Why? Well, the ingredients are simple enough that I always have them available at home, so that when, at short notice, guests are expected for tea/coffee or we have to attend a birthday party at the last minute, I always have an easy but elegant cake at hand. I learned the technique to make a nicer marbling from my mother-in-law. I do not swirl the…Read more→
Chocolate Ganache Easy Recipe

Chocolate Ganache Easy Recipe

Learn here how easy it is to make chocolate ganache to use as glaze, icing, sauce, frosting or filling. Chocolate ganache can be used in a lot of different ways. It can be used to glaze cakes, cupcake and doughnut frosting. As dip for chocolate fondue or fountain. My favorite is as filling for french macarons.  To make this easy chocolate ganache recipe you only need 2 ingredients. You may use any chocolate you like-dark, milk, semi-sweet. Print Chocolate Ganache Easy Recipe Author: Bebs Prep time:  2 mins Cook time:  2 mins Total time: …Read more→
Spicy Beef Jamaican Patties

Spicy Beef Jamaican Patties

Get this easy and yummy recipe for Spicy Beef Jamaican Patties. They are simply delicious! Jamaican patty is a spice-filled baked pastry that can have different meat filling like beef, pork, chicken, lamb, veggies  and even shrimps, encased in a flaky pastry. It is popular "fast-food" dish in the Caribbean, specially (yep! you've guessed it) in Jamaica.   These Spicy beef Jamaican Patties are just addictive! If Sietema could talk, she would tell you the same!  She gobbles them up like nothing and that is no small feat because she is such a…Read more→
Homemade Churros with chocolate dip sauce

Homemade Churros with chocolate dip sauce

One time I was browsing through Facebook when a picture posted by someone ( a friend of a friend's friend) caught my eye. In the photo was a long queue of people in front of what seems to be an establishment inside a mall in Pampanga, my hometown in Philippines. I was thinking that whatever they are selling must be really good! It made me really curious, so I googled the name of the said establishment to find out what is the craze about. I was amaze to find out that a lot…Read more→
Japanese Cheesecake

Japanese Cheesecake

Try this Japanese Cheesecake or cotton cheesecake recipe for a super fluffy, light-as-air cheesecake you will ever make. It took me a while to write about this beautiful and heavenly Japanese Cheesecake. The reason for that is, I had to do it three times to get it picture ready for my blog, but I am not complaining at all, neither is Armin from the looks of it. He was actually the one urging me to make a "better" one and then another. Although the first two Japanese cheesecake I made were not picture perfect,…Read more→
Filipino Egg Pie Recipe

Filipino Egg Pie Recipe

Egg Pie is a classic Filipino dessert or snack. Try this easy Filipino Egg Pie recipe and enjoy the creamy, delicate yet firm egg custard in buttery, flaky crust that is perfect afternoon snack. I remember back in the days when we used to live next to a bakery, I would wake up to the wonderful smell of Pandesal baking in the oven! It would be really nice if it was not at 3 o'clock in the morning though and there were times it was difficult to get back to sleep when you feel your…Read more→
Cinnamon French Toast Sticks

Cinnamon French Toast Sticks

No more soggy french toasts! I am pretty sure you will love these yummy cinnamon french toast sticks! Quick and easy to make, perfect for breakfast!  I usually end up feeling frustrated whenever I try to make french toast before because they tend to be either soggy or burnt, or sometimes both! How could something that seems to be so easy be so hard to make, right?! But I never wanted to give up, specially after seeing pictures of perfect french toast in the net! How do they do it?  Then all of…Read more→
Chicken Empanada – Filipino style

Chicken Empanada – Filipino style

This Filipino chicken empanada is packed with flavorful filling and is baked in a mildly sweet dough that has a slightly flaky texture. Perfect for snack or light meal!Empanadas, specifically chicken empanada, is definitely one of my favorite snacks when I was still in the Philippines. This stuffed bread or pastry treat was obviously introduced to the Philippines by the Spanish people in the early years. But the Filipino empanadas are also quite unique, using a slightly sweet empanada dough. Empanadas could also have diffirent kinds of fillings, among the most popular are: ham and cheese,  ground…Read more→
Rhubarb Pie with blueberries

Rhubarb Pie with blueberries

This rhubarb pie is the bomb! Exploding with tartness and sweetness in every bite. Serve it topped with whipped or ice cream and it is irresistible. I have never tried rhubarb pie until last year, when a colleague brought different pies for her birthday at work and we had them for lunch. I didn't know rhubarb when I was still in the Philippines but apparently they are also grown there in a certain cooler place up high in the mountains (Mountain Province)  but since they are rare they are also unknown to us.  When I learned that…Read more→
Puto Cheese

Puto Cheese

I so love this Puto Cheese recipe. So soft and fluffy and definitely better tasting than the Puto mix you buy in a box but equally easy to make.  You will never think of buying ready mix Puto after trying this!   Puto is a kind of Filipino snack that is also, oftentimes, served to accompany savory dishes like dinuguan (pork blood stew) or pancit (rice noodle). The traditional Puto is made from rice, water, and sugar that is stone-grinded to make the batter. Then, of course, everything became easy when rice flour…Read more→
White Bread Recipe

White Bread Recipe

Try this white bread recipe and learn the secret to have the softest and most pillowy homemade white bread you can ever make without using commercial or synthetic bread softener.    Because Madiss asked for it, so here it is! The recipe for the softest and most pillowy homemade loaf or white bread (that I can find).  Inspired from dessert first girl. One of the things that I miss when I moved to Germany is the white bread. In the Philippines, it is known in different names: loaf bread, pan, tasty, toast or others just…Read more→
Brazo de Mercedes

Brazo de Mercedes

Brazo de Mercedes is another delicious Filipino dessert that is made of soft, pillowy meringue with rich custard filling rolled into a log, jelly roll fashion. Learn the secret to get that perfect meringue with super fine foamy texture that easily melts in your mouth like magic! It is also so easy it can be done in about 30 minutes!
Pastel de Nata or Portuguese Egg Tarts

Pastel de Nata or Portuguese Egg Tarts

Yaaaayyyy!!! I cannot believe that I was able to make these Pastel de Nata or Portuguese Egg Tarts. They are so amazingly good, just like how I remembered them...light and smooth egg custard with crisp flaky puff pastry.  The first time I had these was on my very first out-of-the-country trip to Macau back in 2007 with two good friends, Romina and Leony, it was quite an adventure and so much fun and it was also at this time that  I mastered (somehow) using chopsticks out of necessity (and hunger).  Portuguese Egg Tart…Read more→
Hopia Recipe- Munggo and Ube filling

Hopia Recipe- Munggo and Ube filling

Hopia is yet another favorite 'merienda' or snack for Filipinos.  Hopia is made of thin flaky pastry, traditionally filled with mung bean paste (Munggo). But nowadays, there are more variations to choose from when it comes to the filling, most popular is the Ube or Purple yam and the one I prefer more personally. The truth is, I've been wanting to try to make Hopia for some time now (because of course you can not buy them here in Germany) but it somehow intimidated me, it looks too complicated... just think about those thin…Read more→
Siopao -Asado (Steamed buns with chicken filling)

Siopao -Asado (Steamed buns with chicken filling)

Siopao is a kind of steamed buns usually filled with meat. Steamed buns are really popular around Asia although it may be called differently in every country. Filipino Siopao Asado is similar to the Chinese Pork steamed buns 'Char Siu Bao' and not surprisingly because Chinese were the one to introduce us this wonderful treat. Back home, Siopao is one of the favorite snack and  the usual choice is  Asado or Bola-bola. Asado is  a way of cooking meat that has a sticky sauce that is both sweet and salty, it can either be pork…Read more→
Buchi Recipe

Buchi Recipe

Buchi or Butsi are glutinous rice balls  covered in sesame seeds filled usually with sweetened red bean paste which are then deep fried.  In the Philippines they are usually served at Chinese restaurants as dessert but it could also pass as a snack as they could be really heavy and filling.  This Buchi recipe has extra ingredient for a  crispier Buchi!  I wanted to give Buchi a try for some time now and because I have nothing much to do last weekend, I thought to make an experiment. I tried making a bean paste from…Read more→
Easy Brownie Recipe

Easy Brownie Recipe

Brownies??? Of course I love them, I could probably eat a whole box all by myself (if nobody would stop me...like my inner voice is doing right  now after my third piece...oh well..) I have to confess though that this is my very first time to make them. Good thing I found this easy brownie recipe.Brownies has been on my 'to Try` list for a long time but I never actually got on doing it. Why ever! I mean, it is not that difficult to make and the ingredients are quite simple. I guess,…Read more→
Easy Cassava Cake Recipe

Easy Cassava Cake Recipe

Here is a cassava cake recipe that really easy to make and with custard topping that is so yummy. I have always loved cassava cake even when I was still in the Philippines. But I tend to be a bit choosy with the cassava cakes I eat... because some are too sweet for my taste. Here in Germany, Cassava cake is also a popular dessert one brings to a potluck whenever we are having a Filipino get-together. Some Pinays I know add 'Macapuno' to their cassava cakes which are (probably) also good but…Read more→
Ensaymada Recipe

Ensaymada Recipe

I have been craving for Ensaymada for some time now. That soft, sweet bread covered with butter and sugar then topped with lots of grated cheese. Ensaymada was adapted from the Spanish Ensaïmada but has evolved throughout the years to become what it is now that is loved by many Filipinos. The province of Bulacan is famous for this bread. I remember when we were little and our parents would go to Bulacan (my mother's home province) for a visit, they would bring back home some special Ensaymada.   Back in those days,…Read more→
Pandesal Recipe

Pandesal Recipe

Pandesal is probably the most popular bread in the Philippines. It is a favorite breakfast food among Filipinos that can be eaten on its own, dunked in coffee or with filling like coconut jam, peanut butter, cheese, cheese spread, corned beef, egg, hotdogs or practically anything you can think of or whatever leftovers you have laying in your fridge.  One of my faves is mushed spicy sardines...yup! But I remembered a time when we were just small kids, my Kuya Norman's and I would have ketchup with sugar as filling...eeewww right? But that tasted so…Read more→
Banana Cupcake with Peanut butter-Caramel Frosting

Banana Cupcake with Peanut butter-Caramel Frosting

Banana cake or banana bread has been my favorite cake of all time! Banana cake with peanut butter frosting is actually one of the first recipes I wrote here. The combination of peanut butter and banana is just absolutely perfect. But wait! Why not make it even better, let us add caramel! After the long weekend and because it was the day after Easter Monday (which is also a public holiday in Germany), I was thinking of bringing a treat to my new colleagues. Oh yes, I forgot to mention that I am…Read more→
Easy Banoffee Pie

Easy Banoffee Pie

This Banoffee Pie is so easy to make and  no-bake pie is always one of my favorite desserts. It was done all under 30 minutes and that includes making the caramel sauce from scratch.  I prefer to use really ripe bananas because they are sweeter and brings more flavor. For the crust I used butter cookies, crushed them and just added some cocoa powder and it  is simply wonderful combined with bananas. Print Easy Banoffee Pie Author: Bebs Prep time:  30 mins Total time:  30 mins   No bake Easy Banoffee Pie is the easiest…Read more→
Breadsticks stuffed with Jalapeno & cheese

Breadsticks stuffed with Jalapeno & cheese

I have to warn you, these breadsticks stuffed with jalapeno and cheese are addictive! When my (English-speaking) friends came to visit last time, we decided to have an all-finger-food get together. We haven't seen us since before the holidays because most had vacations out of the country. We are all foreigners in Germany and met each other when we had our first German class. That was almost three years ago but we managed to keep the friendship and although some of us and sometimes all of us have busy schedules, we see to it…Read more→
Chocolate Cashew Toffee Bars

Chocolate Cashew Toffee Bars

I made these Chocolate Cashew Toffee Bars as part of a Christmas-trio-packs to giveaway to our friends and neighbors, the other two were Chocolate Crinkles and macaroons. This was not the first time I made these bars actually, last year I came across a recipe for toffee bars using sweetened condense milk, I just altered the recipe a bit, adding this and that but still keeping it simple. It was such a big hit that I decided to make them again this year and they never seem to have failed me. But I am…Read more→
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