Dessert Friday: biko

For all of VeganMoFo, each Friday in October will be Dessert Friday! This kicks off our themed weekends: Dessert Friday, Saturday Snack, and Sunday Brunch. (I resisted being cutesy and calling them "Saturday Snackday" and "Sunday Brunchday" but it took a lot of willpower, you guys.)

Today's dessert is biko, a Filipino street food. It's easy, foolproof, and gluten-free. The recipe I used came from the Ivory Hut blog, where the author shares a cute story about how as a kid she used to call her mother every day after school asking her to pick up some biko on the way home from work. While I was lucky enough to have a fantastic baker as a mother, I still sorta wish I grew up in a place where this delicious dessert was readily available!
Biko consists of coconut rice baked with a coconut cream and sugar topping that caramelizes as it cooks. There are only 3-4 ingredients. AND IT IS DELICIOUS. I am a rice fanatic and a big fan of coconut, so it was sort of my perfect dessert. After you combine cooked rice and coconut-sugar mixture, you bake it for 60-90 minutes I was afraid of overcooking it, so I pulled it out after 60 mins, but I should have left it in for the full 90--mine was slightly undercooked. But all "undercooked" in this case meant is that it didn't caramelize all the way down, so it was a little moister and more apt to fall apart than it would have been otherwise. It was still delicious and well received by my dinner guests, one of whom was gluten-free. Foolproof!

I even found it simple and healthy enough to eat for breakfast over the next couple days, topped with banana slices. I mean, yeah, it's sweet, but so are the majority of breakfast cereals, right? Right.


Lindsay said... Best Blogger Tips

I've never heard of this before, and I'm so happy to see it!

Erinwiko said... Best Blogger Tips

Filipino street food is my favourite! I worked with street kids over there for three months a few years ago, and I loved being able to buy a buko pie or taho from a jeepney window! Biko totally brings back memories.

Alex in Leeds said... Best Blogger Tips

That looks so amazingly *comforting*. I think this is what we are having for dessert tonight now. :)