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AFF Philippines : Leche Flan

Hi all,

Sorry it took me a while to churn out the first AFF Philippines food post since I’m the host for this month. But you know let’s start with something sweet :)

Leche flan is the Filipino version of creme caramel. You can say that I don’t make the regular creme caramel often enough. Actually the last time I made it was …………. maybe easily 5-6 years ago. It can be a little tedious to make cause you gotta cook the custard then bake it over a waterbath. The filipino version isn’t that much different. Nope. It’s alot of difference!

AFF Philippines Leche Flan

In the Philippinesleche flan (the local term for the originally Spanish flan de leche, literally “milk flan”) is a heavier version of the Spanish flan made with condensed milk / evaporated milk and more egg yolks. Leche flan is usually steamed over an open flame or stove top, although rarely it can also be seen baked. Leche flan is a staple in celebratory feasts in the Philippines.

It is also probably the first time I will be steaming it, it makes sense you know, like how one would steam those savoury egg custard dishes, same logic here. And you dont’ need to use your oven, or set up a water bath for it.

aff leche flan

The ingredients are also simple, eggs, evaporated milk, and sugar. Traditionally, condensed milk was also used but based on this recipe that has been passed down from Trissalicious’ grandma, it doesn’t use condensed milk, but the whole of evaporated milk.

It’s very easy to make and you can also make it at home even if you do not have an oven! I’m sure you have a stove right ? Please tell me you have. :)

Leche Flan
adapted from Trissalicious
Serves: 8
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 375 ml evaporated milk
  • ¾ cup sugar (additional)
  • 5 egg yolks plus 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla beans
  1. Boil the sugar in the sauce pan until dark brown and pour in a 23 cm metal cake pan and allow to harden.
  2. In a sauce pan, combine the evaporated milk, ¾ cups sugar, vanilla beans and eggs, whisk lightly. Place over a gentle heat and mix gently for a minute (you don’t want the eggs to cook). Pour the milk and egg mixture into the cake pan. Cover with foil.
  3. Steam the flan over slow heat for 40 to 45 minutes until the flan is set.
  4. Allow the flan to cool. Refrigerate the flan for a few hours. When ready to serve, run a knife around the sides of the cake pan. Place a large serving plate over the cake pan and flip over. Pour the extra caramel over the flan.

I loved it and it was very easy to make. My mom (surprisingly) said it was yummy and my bro loved it too! He said that it would put a smile on your face after the first spoon. :)

I am submitting this post to Asian Food Fest – Philippines hosted by The Sweet Spot.

Raspberry Almond Tart


I’ve been making a couple of tarts lately for some of my classes in Jaya Grocer, so I thought I’d share with you the recipe as well. this will be a very busy month for me at work and I will also be travelling at the end of the month!! So dear readers, if you have any tips or must-visit- pastry shops in London, Amsterdam, Brussels and Paris, please drop me a comment or email. Thanks a bunch!

raspberry almond tart 2

For now, we’ll look at some summer fruits, raspberries! The raspberries are sweeter at this time of the year (although still quite an expensive fruit) and I can’t not make something out from it. This is a simple almond tart which can actually be done in 1 hour. Yup. these days, my desserts / pastries / cakes need to be ready in an hour as that’s the time given for me to demonstrate. ;)

raspberry almond mini tart

I made them into 2 different sizes, 6″ and 3 1/2″ tarts. Lately I’ve been using alot of the 6″ tart pans because the ratio of filling to tart, and topping is just nice. The serving size is not too big or small when cut. It doesn’t take too long to bake like a 9″, or too much repetitive work like the 3 1/3″ ones. So yup… plus, it looks kinda pretty when decorated.

raspberry almond tartrapsberry almond tart 2

So this tart, a pate sucre tart shell made with a rubbing method, fill with almond cream, really just made out of ground almonds, butter, eggs, sugar and a little flour. Then once its baked, smear a layer of Bonne Maman raspberry preserve and let the flavours infuse. Gather up some fresh raspberries and whipped cream. A perfect afternoon treat is ready!

I would like to describe this tart as being “atas”, similar meaning to posh. One of the students asked me “Wow, the ingredients for this tart are so expensive, can I just buy the tart outside”. I can’t help but to say, well, I don’t think you can find an exact same tart, that uses real butter, cream, and vanilla beans at an affordable price. Afterall, baking at home means that you put in good quality ingredients and don’t skimp, right?

So of course, I suggest that one doesn’t need to buy a packet of ground almonds just for this tart. If you have whole almonds at home, just blitz it up and you’re ready to go. For the balance of whole almonds, take it as a snack. If you have any leftover almond meal, add it into your next chocolate cake that you are baking in replacement of flour. It really isn’t about the cost or price, but more the quality and satisfaction you get from making food at home.

raspbery almond tartlet


Raspberry Almond Tart
This recipe yields 2 x 6" tart or 1 x 9" tart or 8 x 3.5" tart
Serves: 8
Tart Dough:
  • 220g all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 150g unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 2-3 tablespoons ice water
Almond Cream:
  • 100g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 100g granulated sugar
  • 100g almond flour / ground almonds
  • 2 large eggs
  • 10g all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla paste
  • 1 teaspoon dark rum
  • Raspberry preserves (Bonne Maman)
  • ½ punnet fresh raspberries
  • 150g whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons icing sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla paste
  • Finely chopped pistachio nuts or toasted Hawaiian coconut flakes
Make the tart dough:
  1. Place the flour, sugar and salt in the bowl of a food processor and pulse few times to combine. Add the butter pieces. Blend the fat and flour until the mixture is the texture of coarse meal. Or, instead of the food processor, rub cold butter and flour with your fingers till it resembles the texture of course breadcrumbs.
  2. Sprinkle the water over the flour mixture and process continuously until the dough begins to clump together. Do not over-process; the dough should not form a ball. If using hand to mix, add in 2 tbsp of water then fold the dough. It may or may not need the 3rd tbsp.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a work surface and shape it into a thick 4-inch wide disc. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill until firm enough to roll, about 30 minutes.
  4. Place unwrapped dough on a work surface that has been lightly dusted with flour. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out to about 3mm thickness.
  5. Cut out and gently press the dough into the tart pans. Roll the pin over the top of the pans to trim off the excess dough. Lightly prick the bottom of the dough in each pan with a fork. Refrigerate the dough in the pans for 20 minutes to firm up the dough.
  6. Preheat the oven to 175°C. Bake for 20 minutes. Leave the oven on. Transfer the tartlet pans to a wire rack and cool completely.
Make the Almond Cream:
  1. Mix the butter and sugar together at medium speed until well-combined. Add the almond flour and mix. Add the eggs in three stages, making sure that each addition is incorporated before adding the next.
  2. Add flour, vanilla extract and rum (if using) and mix until combined.
  3. Scrape the Almond Cream into the cooled tartlet shells and smooth it into an even layer. Place the tartlet pans on a baking sheet and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the filling is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
Finish the tartlets:
  1. Spread the tartlets with a thin layer of raspberry preserves while it is still warm. Arrange a circle of raspberries around the edge of each tartlet.
  2. Whip the cream to soft peaks. Add the sifted icing sugar and vanilla and whip to stiff peaks. Pipe a swirl of whipped cream in the center of each tartlet and garnish with finely chopped pistachios or toasted coconut flakes. Refrigerate the tartlets until ready to serve.


Spiced Maple Roasted Nuts

Hey hey!

spice roast nuts world cup snack

Wowoow, Father’s Day is JUST this weekend and it’s the season for World Cup. It’s  all about the men this month ey ? Well, because it’s Father’s Day and because gadgets and electronic or ‘manly’ items are kinda mediocre andd normal, I’ve decided to share an idea on how to make your own gift, a DIY / homemade gift!

The first thing that came to my mind, are roasted nuts. They are friendly and can be placed anywhere, in the office, in front of the TV ? It is also a healthier option compared to chips and crackers, don’t you think so ?

Spice roasted nuts

Also, since the World Cup airs in midnight here in Malaysia, these can be little snacks if anyone is hungry at 3am!! Better than a packet of instant noodle too! So I decided to mix 3 nuts, I wanted to mix almond, pecan and walnuts… I thought I had raw walnuts at home, but nope. I had peanuts. So oh well, let’s then make a small batch of this with all 3 nuts.

spice roasted nuts world cup snackIt’s quite easy and fast. All you do is mix the nuts with raw cane sugar and maple syrup, and some spice like ginger, cinnamon or nutmeg, or even a little cayenne if you want some heat. And in under 30 minutes, they are done!

But you know, if you’re too busy or do not have an oven at home to make this, getting a Father’s Day gift could be easier than you think with Lazada’s delivery. There’s a massive sale going on there in conjunction with Father’s Day for all the superdads, so you see lots of cameras and gadgets and geeky stuffs on sale!

lazada fathers day sale


Happy Father’s Day and happy watching the World Cup!!!

spice roast nuts fathers day gift

Spiced Maple Roasted Nuts
  • 1 cup raw peanut
  • 1 cup raw almond
  • 1 cup raw pecans
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 5 tbsp raw cane sugar
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • a pinch of salt
  1. Preheat oven to 175C. Combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly to get the nuts coated evenly. Spread the mixture evenly on a lined tray.
  2. Bake for 10 minutes, then flip the nuts, retossing them in the maple syrup mixture. Bake for another 5-10 munutes or until the sugar bubbles and starts to crisp up on the nuts.
  3. Remove from oven and let it cool on a wire rack for about 2minutes, then break up / separate the nuts before they set completely.
  4. Once cooled, it will harden.
  5. Store in an airtight container and snack away!


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