Filipinos are known for our penchant for festivities and love for good food. Celebrations and banquets are inseparable in our culture and with the holiday season rolling in, a lot of us are gearing up for the coming parties waiting to be attended and hosted.
Being charming hosts are also very innate among Filipinos. It isn’t uncommon to use social occasions as an opportunity to showcase a signature dish or a passed down family recipe. It adds a personal touch to a celebration and is a foolproof way of making an occasion even more special.
The Christmas season is that one time of the year when everyone goes all out with food preparations. Besides from Noche Buena favorites, however, desserts are also a huge hit during the holiday season.
But did you know that you can whip your very own yuletide sweets even without an oven? A dash of resourcefulness and a bit of creativity is all it takes to make your very own Christmas treat!
Pressure cookers are a good baking partner for those who do not have ovens. Though mostly used for main dishes, it can also prepare treats for the sweet tooth. In fact, pastries like cake and bibingka baked using pressure cookers come out more moist than oven-baked ones.
Try this simple bibingka recipe below for an easy-to-do, oven-free treat to liven up your holiday season.
· 2 packs of bibingka ready mix (250g each)
· 6 cups medium sized-eggs
· 1 cup water
· 1 cup sugar
· 8 tbsp butter/ margarine (melted)
· 2 salted eggs
· Grated cheese & coconut
1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl until well blended.
2. Pour the mixture into the pressure cooker pot.
3. Select the bake function. Cook for 45 minutes. Check doneness of the cake with the toothpick test. If the toothpick comes out clean, the cake is ready otherwise let it bake for some more time.
4. Remove from inside the cooker. Gently invert onto a cooling rack or plate.
5. Brush surface with margarine/ butter. Top with salted egg, grated coconut, sugar and cheese if desired.
Midea’s Pressure Cooker is a good model that can meet your holiday baking needs. Its Thermal Circulation Technology provides even heating in the cooking pot while its preset timer makes measuring temperature easy. Another advantage of this model is that it can also be used to prepare other party dishes with its 12 programmed functions and 7 levels of pressure for quick cooking.
This Pressure Cooker also makes cooking easy with its user-friendly features. It comes with a self-locking lid with an automatic and manual release function, a large LED display and push button control on the upper lid, and a removable inner cover for easy cleaning. Midea’s 10-Dimensional Protection System also promises long-lasting performance from this model.
Christmas is just around the corner and it is time to dust off our trusty cooking books and tighten our apron strings. Before slaving away at the kitchen, turn to home partners that can help make things easier for you.
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