November 12, 2010

Food Friday: Pilipit

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Pilipit, Tagalog word for twisted or twist, are hard crunchy sugar-glazed bread of my favorite snacks back in the Philippines. I have been waiting for them for months now to become available at the Philippine grocer. I made some because I couldn't wait any longer and I really have the munchies for them. It's not complicated to make but isn't easy as pie either.

bread twists
2 cups bread flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 egg
½ cup milk
oil for frying
1 cup sugar
¼ cup water
  • Pilipit: In a medium bowl, mix all the ingredients except oil and knead on the kitchen counter until smooth. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest for 15 minutes. Divide into 2 equal portions, wrap one half in plastic and set aside. Roll the other half into 1 inch thick log and cut into 1 ½ inch-long pieces. Roll each piece into a pencil-thin rope. Roll both ends in opposite directions which will twist the rope. Bring the ends together, pinch, and twist. Lay each twist on a flat surface, cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rest for 15 minutes. Repeat with the other half of the dough. Heat the oil to 375°F and fry the pilipit until golden brown. Drain on colander lined with paper towels. Let cool completely on wire rack/s.
  • Glaze: Heat the sugar and water in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat until sugar has melted. Let simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and dip the cooled twists one at a time. Let dry on a wire rack, turning them so that both sides dry completely.
  • Store the Twists: Keep the glazed twists in a jar and leave for a few days until they become hard and crunchy.


Gizelle said...

Mom-in-law left me a box of ready to made patongco which looks like pilipit :D If i
m not havng toothaches now I would definitely have some hehe

maiylah said...

oooohhhh, i miss eating those, too! will see if i can find some this weekend... :)

art is in the kitchen said...

I had an attack of nostalgia when I saw your pilipit bundle. They look awfully familiar and rustic. You did a good job replicating these childhood favorites.

Rosemary & Garlic said...

Oggi those are so pretty, they look like breakfast!

caninecologne said...

hi oggi
i really like this snack too. i remember breaking my braces on them even though i wasn't supposed to eat them.

agent112778 said...

buti kapa may pilipit, i miss eating that, i love mine dipped in coffee or coke so that it can be chewable soft

here's my FOOD FRIDAY entry

Midge said...

I remember these as a lunch-box regular when I was in grade school. So crunchy and sweet!

Oggi said...

Gizelle, I googled's similar to our bicho..must be yummy.:)

Maiylah, Michelangelo, and Jay, I long for certain Filipino treats usually around Christmas time.:)

Anne Marie, it looks like a long cruller but without leavening. Mmmm, crullers.:)
R, you must have gotten an earful from your dentist.:)

Midge, childhood favorites are hard to forget.:)

elpi said...

my mum's favorite. .me too! cheap, crunchy and sweet. Pair it with coffee:)

Joy said...

I have been craving those. I have yet to try to make them.

Oggi said...

Elpi, yes, cheap and satisfying.:)

Joy, make just half of the recipe as it's rather large.:)

Chen said...

These are the same as those french crullers, right?

Jane said...

You can use AP flour and they're still good. Twisting is only difficult at the beginning. The more practice you have, the easier it gets. :)

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