Sunday, December 8, 2013

Bibingka-Inspired Desserts for Christmas

The Bibingka is one of the favorite snacks eaten by Filipinos during Christmas season and a lot of versions and variations of it already exists. Where to find the best tasting bibingka is highly debatable, but that is not what we are featuring in this article.

The Filipinos' love for bibingka has inspired many to create desserts with a twist of bibinka. This Christmas season, why not try some of these bibingka-inspired desserts. Here are some that we found in Metro Manila:

Bibingka Crème Brûlée

This traditional French dessert was given a Filipino twist by flavoring the custard base with salted duck eggs and quezo de bola, the key flavors of the bibingka. It is then topped with a layer of hard caramel to give it its distinctive creme brulee look.

The custard base is rather firm compared to its French version, but you can really taste the flavor of the bibingka. The hard caramel slightly pulls it away from the bibingka taste and closer to the creme brulee. But overall, it is an interesting

Bibingka Crème Brûlée by OVN Bread SM Aura
Bibingka Crème Brûlée

Bibingka Crème Brûlée (P65) is available at OVN Bread Co located at Unit 012 Lower Ground Floor, SM Aura Premier, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. You can contact them at 0923 280 8762.

Bibingka Crème Brûlée
Custard base flavored with salted duck eggs and quezo de bola

Bibingka Soufflé

Souffle is another classic French dessert made with a custard base mixed with other flavoring ingredients, and then topped with beaten egg whites which will form as the top of the soufflé. The base of this souffle includes coconut custard, salted duck eggs and quezo de bola. It is then topped with beaten egg whites and baked for 15 minutes.

We find the bibingka soufflé somewhat a cross between a brazo de mercedes and bibingka. The egg white topping formed a soft white meringue similar to the texture of the brazo de mercedes. The base custard gives this dessert the bibingka flavor. The extra serving of custard sauce adds more creaminess and sweetness to this soufflé. The Bibingka Soufflé is really interesting and definitely worth the try.  

Bibingka Soufflé by C2 Classic Cuisine
Bibingka Soufflé

Bibingka Soufflé (P175) is an award-winning dessert created by C2 Classic Cuisine. They have branches in Shangrila Mall, SM Megamall, Robinsons Place Manila-Midtown Wing, Northeast Greenhills, Cravings Center-Katipunan, Summit Ridge Hotel-Tagaytay, and Summit Circle Hotel-Cebu.

Bibingka Soufflé
Coconut custard base mixed with salted duck eggs and quezo de bola

Bibingka Ice Cream

This ice cream is made with real bibingka with all its ingredients such as salted duck eggs, quezo de bola and grated coconut. It also has the characteristic flavor of roasted banana leaves. It felt weird eating this ice cream because we are used to bibingka being warm. As soon as the bibingka flavor becomes familiar to the taste, it becomes enjoyable.  

Sebastian's Bibingka Ice Cream
Bibingka Ice Cream

Bibingka Ice Cream (P145 per scoop) is available at Sebastian's Ice Cream. They have branches at Regis Center-Katipunan, The Podium-Ortigas, and SM MOA.

Bibingka Ice Cream
Ice Cream with real Bibingka

Keso Flan

This is a cheesecake that looks like a leche flan, thus the name keso flan. In itself, it actually tastes like leche flan but the texture is that of a cheesecake. So, why is this included in this list? It is because when you combine the keso flan with slices of salted duck eggs and quezo de bola, it will taste like bibingka. Curious? You should be.

Keso Flan

Keso Flan (P220) is available at Sentro 1771. They have branches at Greenbelt 3-Makati and at Serendra-Fort Bonifacio.

So there you have our list. Do try them and let us know what you think. If you know of any other bibingka-inspired desserts, just add a comment below or send us an email at Happy Holidays!


Pinoy Adventurista said...

gusto ko ma-try yung bibingka ice cream ng Sebastian's! :)

Ramil Delos Reyes said...

meron ding puto bungbong ice cream :-)