There was such a tremendous response to my post a few days ago, asking readers what they sell from home or on a small-scale basis, that well over 50 different “vendors” left their contact numbers for a mouthwatering array of goodies… We will probably only get to taste a fraction of what is on offer, but Mrs. MM and I decided to start with a couple of vendors in Cebu City. So a few days ago, we placed our orders, to be picked up or delivered just hours before boarding a fllight for Manila. First up are these stunningly good Silvanas by Mrs. U. I was never a huge sans rival fan (though I am fonder of it now) and when I tried to make the blasted dessert, it was a visual disaster but a taste home run… but silvanas are more like mini-sans rivals, easier to manage and eat, a smaller dose of richness and if well done, simply sublime. These ones are among the best silvanas I have had in recent memory. They arrived in a snazzy colored foil wrapper and they held up rather well to being transported, I must say…
The silvanas are oval shaped, large cookie sized desserts, with a thin meringue on either side of a buttercream filling and dusted with crumbed cookies. Not overly sweet, they are rich, crisp, chewy, and buttery all at the same time. Delicious. With 16 pieces at a cost of PHP200 in Cebu (PHP12.50 per piece), these are very well-priced. I would much rather have four of these desserts than a mediocre cupcake or several doughnuts for the same price. They come in an attractive foil wrapped cylindrical shape and should be popped into the freezer until eaten. They would make a perfect Christmas present, particularly if you tend to give those out by the dozen or more… A close friend from Cebu sent these silvana’s to us last Christmas, but we wolfed them down so fast that we threw away the wrapper before we even thought to take down the name and contact numbers of the makers, thank goodness they left their name and contact numbers on this site. If you are a fan of sans rival or silvanas, you must try these…they are really good!
Cebu’s Silvanas by Mrs. U
Cebu (032) 233-4348
Manila (02) 828-8296