30 September 2010

My Grandfather's Sapin sapin recipe (Layered sticky rice cake)

This, my friends, is my paternal grandfather's specialty. We actually called him Tatay, which he prefered. This was always requested by friends and family during special occasions.  He loved making it for people and I'm sure he especially loved watching people enjoying it.

Sapin sapin literally means "layer layer".  There are different versions of this sweet dish.  Some have more layers with different flavours (like jackfruit and sometimes pandan).  His version only had two layers and it was very simple but it was authentic and, in my opinion, the best sapin sapin I've tasted.  I love the stickiness of it and it wasn't too sweet.  He liked to serve it with latik (fried coconut milk solids).

My Tatay taught my mother the recipe and she has taught me.  I now share the recipe with you.

450g glutinous rice flour
3 1/2 cups water
2 cups sugar
115g ube powder ( roasted in a dry pan until fragrant, 10-15 mins)

In a large bowl, mix the rice flour, water and sugar.  Whisk out any lumps, ensuring the mixture is smooth.  Pour half of the mixture into a large, well buttered tray.  Place in a steamer (we used a large wok with a rack with a lid/foil) and steam for about 30 minutes until it has set.

Add the ube powder to the remaining mixture and whisk well.  Pour over the cooked layer and steam again for another 30 minutes.

To serve, spread latik on the top.  You can get the recipe here.

Bon Appetite,


/* */ Tangled Noodle said...

Oh, thank you so much for sharing! I love all manner of kakanin and sapin-sapin is right at the top (it's also the reason I gain so much weight when I visit home!) For you and your family, this must be such a special dessert. 8-)

/* */ penny aka jeroxie said...

I never had this before. Thanks for sharing this family recipe.

/* */ Caroline said...

just talking about sapin-sapin yesterday & hear you are with your Tatay's recipe! I'd take this a sign to make ASAP.

/* */ cusinera said...

how i miss sapin-sapin, ur tatay's sapin-sapin looks really delicious, will keep this in my to do list=)

/* */ Celeste @ Berrytravels said...

I love family recipes. If nothing else, you can be sure that they are good. I've not had much of Phillipino foods, but I guess this is a good starting point as any!

/* */ A cupcake or two said...

Sapin Sapin is one of my favourite Filipino desserts. I just havent had the confidence to make it. Thanks for giving us the recipe. I will certainly put it on my list of things to try and make.

/* */ Ziggy said...

And the dessert fairy strikes again! I'm gonna freakin make this with flying kicks! No! I'm gonna let my wife make this with flying kicks! hihihihhi!

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