I have no idea why it took me this long to try cooking Pinoy desserts such as puto, biko, maja blanca and palitaw. I guess I am intimidated by the idea that they are too difficult to prepare as Iâ€™ve never seen my parents and siblings cook any. I could only go as far as leche flan. Then few days before Christmas day, a friend showed me how to prepare palitaw. Wowâ€¦ looks easy peasy and taste really good! And just when I totally forgot about it during the busy Christmas holiday, another friend brought over palitaw sa latik for New Yearâ€™s Eve dinner. Hmmâ€¦ not so subtle way to remind me itâ€™s about time to buy the necessary ingredients, donâ€™t you agree?
I decided to start with cooking palitaw sa latik rather than the version where in the rice cakes are covered with a mixture of coconut, sugar and sesame seeds. I followed exactly my friendâ€™s instructions on how to make the dough but I couldnâ€™t quite roll my mixture into balls right away. It took me few tries until I decided the â€˜trial-and-errorâ€™ method works best for me. That I will explain a bit more below. With latikâ€¦ itâ€™s a walk down memory lane. I grew up in a house surrounded by coconut trees and cooking latik was synonymous with using the coconut oil you get out of it for â€˜hair conditioningâ€™. Ahh the crazy things girls do in the name of beauty. Simply putâ€¦ ang nagagawa nga naman sa ngalan ng kaartehan kahit mangamoy gata ka hahaha!
Below are the how-tos. I start with making latik (caramelized coconut cream topping), sometimes a day before to fit my â€˜work-liveâ€™ situation. Using fresh coconut milk is always the best but here I used canned coconut cream. With my experiments I found out that canned coconut cream yields better latik than canned coconut milk. Itâ€™s probably just me or the brand I use so itâ€™s really all up to you. You would also notice that I use only half a can of coconut cream to make latik. Itâ€™s because I used the other half to make the sweet coconut syrup. You can always make more.
- ½ can coconut milk or cream (to make latik)
- 1 cup glutinous rice flour
- Approx. ½ cup water (to make dough)
- ½ can coconut milk or cream (to make syrup)
- ½ cup water (to make syrup)
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- a pinch of salt
- To make latik, start by pouring coconut cream into a saucepan.
- Bring to boil with continuous stirring until almost dry. Turn down the heat to low and continue stirring until the curds separate from the coconut oil.
- Continue stirring until the curds are browned but not burnt. Drain and set aside. This will be about 2 tablespoons of latik.
- To make the dough, combine glutinous rice flour with water. The â€˜trial-and-errorâ€™ method: I kind of check the mixture - if itâ€™s still crumbly I add more water. If too watery to form into a ball, I add flour. Just make sure you have enough flour every time.
- Scoop a teaspoonful and form a ball with your hands. Drop in a flat clean surface and flatten using your palm â€“ it would be about 2 Â½ inches in diameter. Repeat until mixture is finished. I made around 20-ish.
- Boil water in a pot.
- Using a rubber spatula, lift up each flattened dough from the flat surface and drop into the pot of boiling water. I use a small baking spatula to un-stick the dough from the other spatula to drop it into the pot. Drop 4-5 pieces at a time. Do not overcrowd.
- Cook until they float. (And so the name palitawâ€¦ lutuin hanggang lumitaw.) Scoop them out and set aside.
- To make the coconut syrup: mix coconut milk with water and brown sugar. Add a pinch of salt and bring to boil.
- Drop in cooked palitaw and wait until they float again.
- Add latik and cook for another 5 minutes over low fire.
- Transfer to a serving bowl Donâ€™t serve right away. Leave it for another 15 minutesâ€¦ they taste better after a while as palitaw absorbs the syrup flavor.
Palitaw covered with a mixture of coconut, sugar and sesame seeds as shown below.
Photo below shows flattened round dough on a flat surface to form about 2 1/2 inches in diameter. When you scoop them out and drop into boiling water, they will loose its perfect round shape and would be oval more like a tongue… just the right shape. See photos above.
30 thoughts on “Palitaw sa Latik”
Sarap, perfect para sa meryenda or even breakfast
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sarap nito pang snack as in… sobra… Visiting from FTF Mine is up too!
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i grew up with my mom cooking biko and bilo-bilo, palitaw…and yeah, i remember her rubbing coconut oil to my hair when i have “kuto” when i was a kid:)
i haven’t tried cooking both palitaws. you nmake me crave for those:)
ahh, palitaw! my favorite kakanin and it’s the easiest snack to prepare. i made my first palitaw when i was 12 i think—it was a summer project (my cousins and i also made nilupak na saging, biko, alupe, but-ong that summer :p). your palitaw with sesame seeds looks fabulous…bigla akong nag crave ng palitaw!
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wow, ang sarap nito! kelangang masubukan ko gumawa nito one of these days
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napa-crave ako ng kakanin!!
Wow! I’ve never had palitaw with coconut syrup. looks good! will try to make it over this weekend..
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Thank you all for your lovely comments
KM & Margarita, good luck on your cooking. Let me know how it goes.
Luna, ewan ko ba bakit ngayon lang ako nag-start magluto nito…
Sarap naman nito….Noon ko pa din gustong gumawa ng ganito…hindi lang matuloy-tuloy….hehehehe.
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my fave! super sa sarap!
hope you can stop by too, thanks!
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oh la la! I miss palitaw….yummmy! love your website…thanks for sharing the recipe!
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I truly dig you’re pangangamoy gata haha, dito naman ay kahit mamuti sa harina, makakain lang ng gusto! lol. (Hoping this comment gets through!)
Hahaha! That’s more like it, Mirage! Sa sobrang dami namin ng niyog noon, halos di na pansinin ang macapuno, latik at buko juice. Now I miss them all!
Wow!Pinoy na pinoy! I miss palitaw!!Thanks for sharing the recipe,will try the recipe one of these days^_^
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hubby and his family got this tradition to make palitaw (they call it palutang) every new year…since my MIL died, we have tried continuing the tradition together with the kids.
thank you so much for sharing over at Food Friday, Ms. Iska!
happy to be visiting your blog again
ps. my mom also did that ‘hair conditioning’ thing to us when we were kids, lol. she said it was to prevent us from getting lice, hahaha.
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At oo nga… dami din pala nakaka-relate sa hair conditioning na yun
I love palitaw…sarap! Visiting from Food Trip Friday!
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The palitaw you have here is new to me. I have not try a palitaw with latik on it. Thanks for sharing the recipe. ^_^
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Hi Kim, ako din. I have never tried it before my friend brought a bowl for us. And now I like it better than the ones covered with sesame seeds & sugar.
wow, that’s really good of you…ang galing at mukhang ang sarap-sarap, thanks for sharing your recipe! thanks for visiting my entry at FTF, hope to see you more! have a great week.
When I was a kid, I only get to eat palitaw during the Christmas season. These days, however, they are available at most eateries that offer local merienda delicacies. I love them. I don’t cook, but your photo of the palitaw that you made is making my mouth water. I bet they turned out really delicious
Btw, I use VCO on my hair everyday!
Indeed, Tito Eric. Ako din. I get to taste palitaw only during special occasions.
And good on you for VCO. I think the process of making extra virgin is different from the traditional way I knew from childhood.
Hi Iska, Favorite ko ito noong bata pa ako… madalas kaming mag merienda nito.
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