A taste of home: My Golden Fruitcake recipe

Update: Use the banyo maria or Baño Maria (or bake steaming) to prevent over-drying of your fruit cake. It’s the time of the year when one needs to plan for the holidays. As early as September, I already know what to bake for Christmas. A childhood memory that never fails to remind me of theRead More

Leche Flan Recipe

The original leche flan recipe was from my Mom but my sister Lorna reconfigured it to fit her tastes. The perfect flan is such that when you slice through it, it barely quivers like jello. There is very little syneresis, that is, no weeping (or lots of holes in it!). I am sharing this preciousRead More

Ube Halaya or Jalea de Ubi

Ube (Purple Yam) Halaya is one of my favorite desserts that I remember with fondness. Mom often prepared Ube Halaya in a pyrex dish. I liked the natural purple color instead of the bright purple color that I often see in commercial ube halaya. The best ube comes from Bohol because of its aromatic fragranceRead More

How to bake and decorate Christmas Sugar Cookies

Baking sugar cookies are not my cup of tea. It’s labor intensive. I’d rather bake bar cookies because they are so much easier. You dump all the dry, wet, mix and voila, one gets a yummy cookie. Not with sugar cookies. Whenever I bake sugar cookies, my kids know it’s a labor of love. It’sRead More

The Gingerbread Man Cookie Recipe

Every Christmas season, I bake “Gingerbread Men Cookies” for my children. Even if they are much older now, the memories and the aroma of molasses, cinnamon and other spices give them a warm cozy feeling. It’s one reason that I’ve continued this tradition year after year. I will share this recipe with you if youRead More