Need a break from typical Western desserts like doughnuts and apple pie? Filipino treats are a great substitute and they’re not your run of the mill desserts, either. Influenced by numerous different cultures while embracing Filipino flair and ingredients, these scrumptious treats are something to look forward to at the end of the day. From leche flan, the Philippines’ version of caramel pudding, to the tropical buko pandan made with shredded coconut, pandan (screwpine) leaves, gelatin, cream and condensed milk, to bibingka, a delicious coconut milk cake, there is no shortage of tasty Filipino dessert recipes. Whether you’re feeling something rich, refreshing, creamy or fruity, there’s a dessert to satisfy every sweet tooth. Check out 45 tasty Filipino dessert recipes you’ve been missing out on!
7 Filipino Baking Essentials
This purple yam is a popular ingredient in many Filipino desserts. Ube is often converted into jams and paste called halaya and that jam is used in jelly rolls, bread cakes, ice creams and more. It’s sweet and earthy and gives the most gorgeous purple colour to any dessert!
2. Condensed Milk
Condensed milk is another go-to ingredient in Filipino baking, so make sure to have it on hand. From the refreshing buko pandan, to mais con yelo, leche flan, the floating island dessert and more, you’ll find condensed milk makes its way into a ton of Filipino dessert recipes. It lends tenderness, moisture and flavour, and also gives colour to the crust of baked goods.
3. Coconut Milk and Shredded Coconut
Coconut is a Filipino pantry staple. Stock up on a few cans of coconut milk, as well as shredded coconut to ensure you never run out. From classic Filipino treats like cassava cake and bibingka, to more modern twists like coconut macaroons, coconut is a key flavour in a number of Filipino desserts.
Mango is another central ingredient of Filipino dessert recipes. Refreshing and sweet, it’s no wonder why so many desserts incorporate this tropical fruit. From mango ice cream, to mango royale, mango jelly salad and the mango float, having mangoes on hand while making Filipino desserts will never steer you wrong.
5. Electric Mixer
An electric mixer is key for Filipino dessert recipes. Anytime you have batter to mix, it’s so much easier to do it with a mixer than by hand. It will save you a ton of time and ensure everything is blended together as thoroughly as possible. Whether you opt for a hand mixer or stand mixer, electric is the way to go.
6. Silicone Baking Mats
Many dessert recipes are baked in the oven. Instead of using parchment paper or baking paper, which will end up in the garbage, silicone baking mats are ideal for lining sheet pans. While it may cost money up front, it will save you in the long run. Plus, they’re much better for the environment since they’re reusable.
7. Dessert Serving Glasses
Many sweet snacks of the Philippines have a jelly or creamy texture and are best served in a glass. Having nice dessert glasses on hand for recipes like buko pandan, halo-halo, and taho will ensure your guests are well taken care of!
45 Filipino Dessert Recipes
1. Halo-Halo | Pilipinas Recipes
2. Leche Flan | Kawaling Pinoy
3. Biko (Filipino Sticky Rice Cake) | The Little Epicurean
4. Lengua de Gato | The Unlikely Baker
5. Buko Salad | Ang Sarap
6. Turon (Banana Lumpia with Caramel) | Parlasang Pinoy
7. Filipine Silvanas Cookies | The Unlikely Baker
8. Banana Cue (Fried Saba Bananas with Brown Sugar Caramel) | Russian Filipino Kitchen
9. Pilitaw | Pinch of Yum
10. Filipino Style Coconut Macaroons | Ang Sarap
11. Bibingka (Coconut Milk Cake) | Foxy Folksy
12. Taho (Filipino Silken Tofu with Sago Pearls and Syrup) | Kitchen Confidante
13. Cheese Puto | Panlasang Pinoy
14. Mamon (Filipino Sponge Cake) | Salu Salo
15. Egg Pie | Ang Sarap
16. Polvoron | Kawaling Pinoy
17. Buko Pandan | Simply Bakings
18. Suman Malagkit | Pilipinas Recipes
19. Ube Halaya Jam | Bigger Bolder Baking
20. Easy Cassava Cake | Foxy Folksy
21. Mais con Yelo | Ping Desserts
22. Minatamis na Saging | Ang Sarap
23. Ensaymada | The Skinny Pot
24. Ube Pie | Woman Scribbles
25. Royal Bibingka | Ang Sarap
26. 3-Ingredient Maja Blanca | The Skinny Pot
27. Cathedral Window Jelly Dessert | Salu Salo
28. Tri-Layer Floating Island Dessert | Kawaling Pinoy
29. Filipino Mango Ice Cream | Simply Bakings
30. Sweet Macaroni Salad | Ang Sarap
31. Mango Royale | My Recipes
32. Filipino Avocado Milkshake | All Recipes
33. No Bake Yema Cake | Foxy Folksy
34. Mango Jelly Salad | Ang Sarap
35. Best Custard Cake | Eat Like Pinoy
36. Gulaman with Pineapple and Raisins | Ang Sarap
37. Layer Cashew Cake Sans Rival | Baking Like A Chef
38. Brazo de Mercedes | Kawaling Pinoy
39. Fruit Salad Drink | The Peach Kitchen
40. Graham De Leche | Pinoy Cooking Recipes
41. Kutsinta (Filipino Steamed Cakes) | Kawaling Pinoy
42. Easy Filipino Taho Dessert | Christie At Home
43. Super Soft Ensaymada Bread Rolls | Riverten Kitchen
44. Suman Malagkit with Cocnut Caramel Sauce | Kawaling Pinoy
45. Ube and Coconut Pudding | Honest Food Talks
Filipino desserts are sweet, tasty and a welcome change from the Western desserts were used to. If you’re looking to switch it up in the kitchen, try out these recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth!
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