Bibingka is a popular rice cake in the Philippines made with rice flour and eggs. It is commonly wrapped in banana leaves and topped with grated coconut, salted eggs, and cheeses. Bibingka is always sold during the Christmas season in front of churches. It is deeply a rooted part of Filipino tradition and culture.
This delightful rice cake is similar to puto. The difference between the the two is the preparation and the method of cooking. Rice flour is the most common type of flour used. If you are outside the country, you can pick up rice flour in any Asian store. It is usually in Thailand brand packages. Some people use mochiko rice, galapong or glutinous rice. In this recipe , we use rice flour.
The toppings are optional. They can be can be salted egg, grated coconut, and cheese. Traditionally, banana leaves are used for the wrapping. It gives the dish a distinct flavor, and the scent is absolutely fantastic. However, banana leaves aren’t always available, especially when your living abroad. That’s why we developed the idea of using a cookie sheet. There is no guarantee the taste will be similar to the authentic one, but it’s a great help to feed your craving and appetite. But if you have banana leaves, by all means use them. They are perfect. So, give our bibingka a try and let us know what the outcome is.
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- 1 1/4 cup rice flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 can (1 1/2 cup) coconut milk
- 4 tbsp melted butter
- 2 eggs, beaten
- salted egg, sliced
- grated coconut
- cheddar or edan cheese
- banana leaves (cookie sheet alternative)
- Servings: 4
- Time: 50 minutes
- Level: Easy
- Cuisine: Filipino
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- Combine rice flour, baking powder, and sugar in a mixing bowl. Mix until well incorporated.
- Lightly beat the eggs and pour them into the flour mixture. Add the melted butter and coconut milk. Whisk until well combined.
- Line square banana leaves into the bottom of a round pie or cake pan about 5-6 inches diameter. Banana is difficult to find, if you don’t have this on hand, you can use a cookie sheet greased with melted butter.
- Pour the mixture over until 3/4 full and bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F for at least 15 minutes.
- After 15 minutes, remove bibingka from oven. Top with sliced salted eggs and grated cheese.
- Put back in oven and set to broil for about 20-25 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.