While I’m compiling the round-up for this round of Lasang Pinoy, I thought I would post this recipe, another Filipino dessert made of coconut and cassava or kamoteng kahoy. I was prompted to give this recipe a try by Manang Kusinera on her post on Palitaw which is similar to this but is made of rice flour instead of cassava.
Now for my version, I didn’t quite go the authentic way like Manang did, I relied on frozen cassava and grated coconut rather than grating it myself. More power to Manang and her friend for grating their own coconut! LOL
This is a recipe I learned from an aunt who was always asked to bring this delicacy as her contribution to many a family get togethers. It tastes really great and I was shocked to find out that she cooked this in the microwave oven!
To start, the proportions are quite easy to remember. It is simply 1 cup of grated cassava, 1 cup of
flour SUGAR, 1 cup of water.
For this version, I doubled the recipe just so I would use up the whole bag of cassava. Put the mixture in a microwave safe dish and cook on high for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. I stirred up the mixture every 5 minutes. It looks quite watery to start, and I was a bit worried if the consistency was right, but I didn’t have anything to worry about as it thickened up quite nicely by the time the 20 minutes cooking time was up. Remove from the microwave oven and let cool for a minute before handling as it will be very hot and steamy.
I used two spoons to make small balls and rolled them in the grated coconut. They were quite good eaten warm, but even better when they cooled off. No wonder my aunt always brought these to parties. They get better the longer they sit (Don’t let them sit out too long though as the fresh coconut will tend to spoil). You can refrigerate whatever you don’t eat right away and warm them up in the microwave for a few seconds when you’re ready for a second round
I may have mentioned before how my girls are just not into the grated coconut, so I made a few topped with toasted sesame seeds and poppy seeds. The verdict from my resident critics is that the sesame seeds were great, much better than the coconut but they declared the poppy seeds were better on muffins and breads.
ManangK, thank you for catching my mistake. Please note my correction above, it should be 1 cup of SUGAR not flour.