Lechon Paksiw

I didn't baked today since we're at my sister's house but I was tasked to cook something for lunch. My sister has this Mama Sita's cookbook so I browsed different recipes and choose the one that looks easy and doesn't need much ingredients. I choose Lechon Paksiw because it only has 7 ingredients in all. I just replaced Mama Sita products with the one that we already have.

It tasted good with a hint of sweetness because of the sugar, though I think I had more water than the recipe called for coz it looked more like sabaw than a sauce :) Nevertheless, we all enjoyed our lunch and what's important is that they all love it!
LECHON PAKSIW(adapted from Mama Sita Cookbook)

1/4 cup lechon liempo(we just bought 1 order of lechon from Chooks-to-go)
1 cup water
1 bottle of Mang Tomas lechon sauce
1/2 tsp peppercorns
1 pc laurel leaf
1 tbs vinegar
1 1/2 tbs sugar
Optional: salt or Maggie magic sarap(I sprinkled some of magic sarap for added flavor)

1. Combine and mix all ingredients on a saucepan.
2. On a medium heat, cook until boiling.
3. Lower heat and simmer for 15 minutes or until you reached desired thickness. You may add salt or magic sarap if you like.
4. Serve while hot.

Merry Christmas!

Hi! So how was your Christmas? I celebrated Christmas eve as well as this day with of course Hannah and the whole family. I baked Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting( a first time for this type of frosting because I always used cooked butter cream frosting before). I planned to go out and maybe watch a movie but I know that there would be a lot of people going out today and for sure there would be traffic all over so I postponed watching a movie maybe tomorrow or later this week.

By the way if you would like to use the cream cheese frosting that I used for my red velvet cupcakes, you can go at Martha Stewart's Cream Cheese Frosting recipe. I love that it complimented very well with my cupcakes and a cup of powdered sugar was just enough to make the frosting not too sweet. The recipe was enough for 12 cupcakes, actually I got excess frosting that I generously put more on my cupcake...yummy!

J.CO Donuts & Coffee

I’ve been seeing throngs of people always lining up at J.CO Donuts & Coffee at ATC(Alabang TownCenter) whenever we went there and I must admit that I was intrigued as to what the fuzz was all about, but not that intrigued to wait and line up for what 1 or 2 hrs? But one Sunday two weeks ago, we went at ATC just as the mall opens up and there you have it, J.CO Donuts with about just 4 or 5 people lining up. I took the opportunity to line up and decided to give it a try and see(and taste) for myself why people are hooked at J.CO Donuts.

I only ordered 2 pieces of donuts just in case I didn’t like it so as not to waste my money over this donuts. For a price of 42PHP each, this sure was the most expensive donuts I bought! This must taste real good to be that expensive. I ordered Heaven Berry and Crème La Fame and my oh my, both tasted real good and so delicious! I’m like wow I have to buy a dozen! So I end up buying a dozen and shared it with my family.

My favorite is Crème La Fame, Tiramisu and Avocado Dicaprio, Alcapone not so much and I also didn't like the choco donut with cherries on top, but I love the fillings, not overly sweet just enough for my taste buds. I haven’t tasted yet all the flavors, will try the others next time…

Goldilocks Ensaymada

I was so excited to make this! This is the first time that I baked bread that uses yeast and undergone proofing period and I'm so happy with the outcome. Though mine tasted not too sweet, the bread itself came out soft which was my main goal. I used another recipe for toppings which I will share below. I found out that dipping the ensaymada with granulated sugar after brushing it with butter/powdered sugar/vanilla plus a generous amount of cheese will make it so much tastier and sweeter which my family loved more.

I made 16 ensaymadas, the first batch(6pcs) I made with just butter toppings & cheese while the rest had butter toppings/granulated sugar and cheese...so yummy! I also used my 10 big mamon molders while I used my aluminum round pan for the rest.

After cooling the bread, brush it with the toppings I used below:

butter                    1/4 cup
powdered sugar    1/4cup
vanilla                    1tsp
cheese                   grate this generously on top of the bread with toppings
Here's the recipe:
ENSAYMADA (Goldilocks)



Pre-heat oven to 325’F
1. Dissolve yeast in 1/3 part of water. Set aside
2. In a mixing bowl with dough hook or flat beater attachment, place the sifted all purpose flour, sugar and salt. Mix at low speed until incorporated.
3. Add the dissolved yeast, remaining water, eggs and evaporated milk. Mix for 2 minutes at low speed then mix at medium speed for approximately 4 minutes
4. Add unsalted butter and continue mixing until gluten is slightly developed.
5. Transfer the dough in a greased bowl and cover with plastic.
6. Let the dough rest for 15 minutes at room temperature.
7. Punch down the dough and divide it into pieces weighing 60 grams each.
8. Let the dough rest for 15 minutes then cover with plastic sheet to prevent from drying.
9. Roll out the piece thinly into 8x5 rectangles . brush the surface with butter.
10. Roll into a long rod and twirl into shape, locking ends to seal.
11. Place each piece in a greased ensaymada molder.
12. Let the dough rise until it doubles in size.(approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes at room temperature)
13. Bake for 17 minutes or until golden in color.
14. Let the bread cool then remove it from molder.
15. Brush the top of each ensaymada with creamed butter and sprinkle with cheese and sugar.
NOTE: ingredients may be mixed by hand. Be sure that all ingredients are incorporated well and the gluten must be developed.

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