In partnership with Smartcook USA | September 11, 2021 | 3 minute read
The -ber months are here! The very long Pinoy Christmas season begins, and we can again greet cold fronts with warm bibingka and puto bumbong.
The bibingka in particular has a combination of sweet and savory that makes it the perfect bite anytime of the day. But, even the best of the classics need modern takes to refresh it and introduce it to a new generation of food lovers.
Here are 3 bakers bringing bibingka to the modern age. Not only are they respectful renditions of a Filipino Christmas classic, they taste AND look super delicious too. It’s time to bring bibingka back!
Deli by Chele
Carlos Villaflor combined his culinary journey with his Filipino roots and thus The Chika was born.
The Chika is a bibingka inspired by the Basque Burnt Cheesecake and a great example of Deli by Chele’s philosophy of combining traditional methods, local ingredients, and modern techniques.
Each bibingka is baked to order and can’t be rushed. So make sure you time your order right and your patience will be rewarded with cheesy bibingka goodness.
Dulce Bakery by Mela
Carmela Carating combines two classics with the Ultimate Pamaskong Cake: Puto bumbong and Bibingka.
In the bakery’s own words, the Ultimate Pamaskong Cake is “layers of Bibingka Chiffon Cake, Creamy Leche Flan, Ube Chiffon Cake then a layer of Latik, Muscovado and Pure Macapuno from Jardin ni Nanay. Covered in Ube Swiss Meringue then finally topped with Queso de Bola”
The Ultimate Pamaskong Cake looks like a great centerpiece for Noche Buena, but we won’t blame you if you had it all for yourself.
As it’s name suggests, The Classic Triple Cheese Bibingka from Adie’s Delight is more about going back to the fundamentals. Instead of going for a zany, over the top version, The Classic Triple Cheese Bibingka is made from real galapong and topped with Queso De Bola.
The bibingka from Adie’s Delight is a great example of elevating a dish through technique and high-quality ingredients.
Put Your Bibingka on the Spotlight!
Want to put your own spin on the classic bibingka? You can cook your own bibingka too; classic, modern, whichever way you want. Have bibingka at home with the Smartcook Electric Oven Toaster.
The Smartcook Electric Oven Toaster may look cute, but it packs a punch! Unlike other oven toasters, it features both time AND temperature control! Get up to 230°c (446°f) for that toasted, caramelized bit everyone loves.
The two efficient quartz heating implements ensures even heat application and makes sure everything is baked to perfection. First time baker? Teaching kids the basics? The Smartcook Electric Oven Toaster has a safety auto shut-off feature to prevent it from becoming a hazard.
Pinoy Christmas season may only be from September to December, but with the Smartcook Oven Toaster, you can make it feel like Christmas the whole year round. Bibingka is more than bread, cheese, and salted egg. It’s a tradition, and whatever form the bibingka takes, there will be good memories that come along with it.
Smartcook Oven Toaster Bibingka
For the bibingka batter:
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup melted butter, room temperature
- 3/4 cup coconut milk
- 3/4 cup glutinous rice flour, sifted
- 1/2 cup rice flour, sifted
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- For toppings:
- Salted egg, sliced
- Ham, sliced
- grated cheese
- Additional butter for topping
banana leaves, heated until shiny
- Pre-heat Smartcook Oven Toaster to 190°c.
- Mix dry ingredients until evenly distributed.
- In a separate bowl, combine egg and wet ingredients until mixed.
- Make a well in the flour mixture, pour in egg mixture.
- Whisk until mixture forms a batter. Avoid clumps and take care not to overwork the batter for a lighter bibingka.
- Line metal cupcake molds with banana leaves and fill until a little over halfway
- Top mixture with salted egg, ham, cheese according to preference.
- Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until bibingka passes the toothpick test.
- Serve and enjoy!
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