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Writer’s snack: Palitaw

If you know me, you know I love fast and easy recipes. It’s not that I’m lazy or don’t have time, it’s just that I enjoy food I can make quickly and then sit down and eat it while I write.

Over the years, I’ve amassed quite a few such recipes but I still love discovering new ones. Recently, I learned how to make a snack that has now become one of my absolute favourites: palitaw.

This dessert from the Philipines is surprisingly easy to make and contains only 2 ingredients: glutinous rice flour and water.

Please note that it must be GLUTINOUS rice flour. If you use the regular kind, the dough will fall apart when cooking and also it will taste terrible. Believe me, I tried it just to see what would happen. Big mistake.

So, here’s how you make palitaw:

1) Mix 2 cups glutinous rice flour and 1 cup water. Try adding more water or flour if you aren’t getting the right consistency.
2) After you’ve formed the dough, cut it into small pieces you then roll into balls. Flatten them into round, flat cakes.
3) Boil them in water until they float, at which point you remove them from the pot and coat them in the topping of your choice. Traditionally, grated coconut followed by a mixture of sesame seeds and sugar is used. But you can experiment with many different options.

My personal preference is cinnamon sugar or no coating at all and just pour maple syrup all over them.

Enjoy! 😋

Palitaw with cinnamon sugar and palitaw with sesame seeds
Plain and drenched in maple syrup 🍁


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