There is no mystery to bibingka at all. Here I was thinking this was such an involved process. Not at all. I was so excited to make bibingka that when I visited those bakeshops last week I quickly bought several bags of glutinous rice flour that indicated it could be used for bibingka. When I got home, I realized Bibinkang Galapong was in fact made with regular and not glutinous rice! And since I donâ€™t have a grinder at home, I have to wait until the next time someone heads to the market to do a galapong version. At any rate, I found a super easy recipe for bibingka in my dog-eared Enriqueta David-Perez cookbook and added a tweak or two and what I got were these brilliant first attempts at making bibingka at homeâ€¦
In a medium sized bowl, beat 3 large eggs until light and creamy. Instead of using a mixer, I actually used a whisk and beat these by hand. In another bowl, place Â½ a cup of coconut milk wherein Â¾ cup of white sugar should be dissolved. Sift together 2 cups of all purpose flour and 4 teaspoons of good baking powder. Add the flour to the coconut milk and sugar mixture and add another cup of coconut milk. Add about 2 tablespoons of melted butter and mix. Add the beaten eggs and mix until well-combined. Let this sit for 10-15 minutes before baking. Line your bibingka pan with a banana leaf cut into a circle and pour in some of the batter. Top with sliced red egg and cook until the top is brown, about 10 minutes or less if the fire is hot.
When cooked, take it off the flames and brush with melted butter and sprinkle with white sugar. Serve as is or with additional cheese, grated coconut, etc. As is, this was a very good first attempt. It grew a bit with the help of the baking powder and the resulting bibingka had a nice airiness, good flavor, texture, etc. While this can be easily made at home in an oven, I think the flavor imparted by the banana leaves and the clay oven make a stunning difference. It will take some getting used to figure out the heat of the oven but it worked very well on its maiden use!