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December 27, 2011

Crispy Pork Belly Roll

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December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas

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December 21, 2011

Pianono, Pionono, Pio Nono

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Pianono and Pionono
Filipino Pionono filled with sweet Star margarine 
Spanish Pionono filled and topped with custard

Pianono Pionono


The internet is a wonderful thing. I found out while searching for a Spanish dessert that the Filipino jelly roll called Pianono came from the Spanish Swiss roll cake Pionono. According to this website the Spanish Pionono was created in honor of Pope Pius IX; Pio Nono is Italian for Pope Pius IX. It's not hard to understand why the cake exists in the Philippines as many of our cakes, desserts, and candies came from the Spanish.


December 15, 2011

Dog Biscuits

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December 8, 2011

Sweet Potato Sourdough Challah

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I've had challah before, both store-bought and home baked. It's one of our favorite sweet breads and I always serve it on Christmas morning and Christmas lunch too. I didn't think it will taste any better using sourdough starter and then I saw the beautiful photos of sourdough challah, adapted the recipe adding a large steamed and mashed sweet potato. I love the slightly tangy flavor and the soft tight crumb that reminds me of sponge cake. 


December 1, 2011

Chocolate-Dipped Peppermint Sticks and Other Christmas Candies

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chocolate-dipped mint sticks, Italian torrone, and candy cane flavored cotton candy


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