Hi everyone. In a moment of weakness I agreed to write an article over the next week or so on Filipino delicacies for the December issue of a travel magazine. I want to focus on delicacies that Filipinos who now live abroad perhaps miss the most when the holiday season gets into full swing. In particular, if you are a balikbayan or Filipino who hasn’t been home for a while (or even a Filipino resident that has a sweet tooth and strong opinions about what you like for Christmas), what would be on your list of “goodies” to have if you were coming home for Christmas 2011? I have reviewed a pinoy dessert poll I took in June 2006, where folks raised hundreds of different goodies, here, and this summary of the results, that lists out the Top 20 Filipino desserts as voted on by Marketmanila.com readers, here. So while I am inclined to focus on the favorites, like puto bumbong for that early morning hit of carbohydrates after the early mass, bibingka, cassava cake, suman, leche flan, ensaimada, sapin-sapin, pastillas de leche, kutsinta, puto, biko, ube jaleya, etc., I would love to hear what YOU YEARN FOR during the holidays. Please leave a comment and thanks for your help… :)
A special note for reader PanchoA, from Cebu. In a post on Christmas recipes in 2008, you mentioned that your mom was the creator of the Black Princess Cake, a merging of chocolate cake in a brazo de Mercedes type roll, a Cebu specialty from the 1960’s, I gather. I have finally tracked down a copy of your mom’s cookbook “Philippine Cookery and Household Hints” published in 1970, with the green cover, but it doesn’t have the recipe for the cake in it! :( Any other hints as to where it might be located? :) Thanks!