Thursday, November 20, 2014

Buko Pie Recipe

Simply Homemade -Buko Pie Recipe

Sweet Morning Everyone!

 How you guys doing? It's been a hectic and cold week for me! Yup- its already snowing here in my place! I love the snow but not really liking the cold though. It's been like 3 weeks since my last blog post and I missed you all! Anyways! Whose excited for some Buko Pie?? It's been like forever since I had my last sliced of  this Filipino delicacy, Can you tell?. So, I challenge myself to make some Buko Pie-- and it went perfect! I felt nervous at first but after I made the Pie filling I'm just on it! Wohoo! I'm just so happy that the pie turned out good and its delicious!  I promise:)
On this recipe I used frozen young coconut meat that I bought from Asian store. I would recommend to used fresh coconut if you have some (can't beat fresh coconut meat and buko juice on this recipe). I also made a  homemade pie crust for top layer of the pie but you can totally grab some at the store all ready for you. This Buko Pie reminds me back home! A perfect treat anytime of the day. I can't wait to share my first buko pie experience with you all. I'm getting excited just by writing about this recipe (hahah) I hope you too! Are you ready to make some Buko Pie? Come on join me in my kitchen as we unfold the process on how to make delicious Buko Pie Homemade!
Check out the recipe below! Enjoy:)

 Notes: Store bought pie crust is good for easy cooking. If want to make your own pie crust. I got a recipe for you below that I used for the top layer of the pie. Just double the recipe if you decide to make the bottom and the top layer of the crust.
-Adjust the cooking time if you have to,:)

Buko Pie Filling :
1 (16oz) Frozen young coconut meat- thawned
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup cornstarch diluted in 1/2 cup young coconut water
1/2 cup milk
Frozen Pie Crust- store bought

Butter flaky Pie Crust
1 1/4 All purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter- chopped
1/4 cup Ice cold water or 1/4 cup 7up or Sprite soda

First let's start make the filling:
1.) In medium pan. Heat up the milk. Add the sugar and stir well.
2.) Meantime, combine the cornstarch and coconut juice- set aside.
3.) Once the milk boils. Add the coconut meat include the juice and let it cook for 3-5 minutes.
4.) Add the diluted cornstarch and stir to avoid lumps.
5.) Keep stirring until the pie filling is cooked. Turn off the heat and cool down.

Pie Crust:
1.) In large bowl combine the flour, salt, chopped butter. Mix the mixture.
2.) Add the water or lime soda and mix well. Put the dough in the baggie and keep it refrigerated until you ready to used it.
3.) Sprinkle little flour on the board, roll the dough until you achieve the right thickness.
4.) Covered your buko pie with your homemade pie crust. Trim the side, used fork to seal the edge of the pie and for cute decoration on the side as well.
5.) Poke the pie on the middle and on the side. Brush with egg-wash to achieve that golden brown color.

BAKE at 375 preheated oven for 40-45 minutes


This Buko Pie reminds me back home. I would say very close to what I used to eat back in Pinas. The buko pie filling is not to sweet, perfect blend with coconut meat paired with flaky crust. Perfection!  My kids love this pie and so do I ( Shhhh! I already have 2 slice since I woke up..wink! ) Let me tell you something! this Buko Pie is great with your coffee or hot chocolate in the morning. Yum!  Since holiday is right around the corner, what about a perfect gift for friends and family? BUKO PIE! this is also great pasalubong or even for potluck parties.I hope this recipe gives you an inspiration for upcoming holidays. Share your cooking experience on the comments below! I'll see you in few days for another awesome recipes! Stay warm and smile a lot!:)

xoxox- Melgie

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Leche Flan Recipe

Leche Flan/ Caramel Custard Recipe

Sweet Morning everyone!
Excitement overload!!because we are going to do trick-or treating today. My kids are been waiting for this day- we are literally counting the hours right now hahaha!wohoo! I'm excited for my kids! Talking about excitement. How about a super easy Leche Flan recipe? oh yeah! I finally posted Leche Flan recipe after almost 3 years of blogging- As you may all know, This is one of my favorite dessert next to macaroni salad and mango float. I remembered all those sweet memories with my family back home, eating and sharing Leche Flan every weekend, So, this recipe is special to me-:) To be honest, I was kinda intimidate to make Leche Flan at first, but when my craving strike. I decided to make it right there and then, so spontaneous. It also a good recipe idea if you have a lot of eggs on your fridge,  although we only need the eggyolk on this recipe, you could used the egg whites to make Pasencia Cookie which is also, by the way sooo delicious! or maybe a ham and egg white sandwich in the morning? Yum!
This recipe really work for 4 individual serving and came out just perfect! I would recommend to double the quantity for larger crowd. I love to make extra for myself for personal consumption purposes..wink:)-- It's also really good toppings for  HALO-HALO as well. Do you agree? I'm like drooling right now.. hahaha! Are you excited and ready to make some Leche Flan?  Come on! join me in my kitchen as we unfold my Leche Flan foodie escapade. I'll promise you! this is a super delicious journey!:)

Notes: This recipe is good for 4 individual serving. Adjust the quantity for larger crowd. Make sure that you stir the custard mixture gently to avoid air pockets on the flan ( which I didn't do on this recipe..ooops! for future reference ) Enjoy!

6 Egg yolk
1 can evaporated milk
1 can condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

1/4- 1/2 cup granulated sugar- caramel sauce
4 ceramic bowls/ flan molder- used whatever you have in hand.:)


1.) In large bowl combine the egg yolk, condensed milk, evaporated milk and vanilla. Mix well until everything combine. Set aside.
Note: Mix the mixture gently to avoid bubbles on your flan.
2.)  Time to make the caramel mixture. Simply put the granulated sugar in pan, turn heat into medium low. Let the sugar melt and caramelized to perfection. Turn off the heat and we are ready to assemble our delicious flan.
 3.) Line up the ceramic bowl,  add 1-2 teaspoon of caramel sauce depending on sweet you want it to be. Pour the custard mixture evenly.
Notes: I did steaming process and Baking process. Both came out just perfect! I would personally love the baking process because I can fit all four ceramic bowls at one time. 
 4.) If you do BAKE your Leche Flan- Preheat the oven into 350 and bake for one hour. Make sure that the Leche Flan is bake with water bath. The warm water should be halfway full with the ceramic bowls.
5.) If you do STEAM- I used rice cooker on this recipe and its perfect! I did steam mine for good 1 hour.
6.) Let it cool down completely. Served the Leche Flan upside down. ENJOY!

My family love Leche Flan! and I hope yours too. They are super easy to make and so delicious! A perfect sweet treat for company coming over or just simply a treat on an ordinary day. I hope you find this recipe so scrumptious and try to make it at home.
Warning!!! This dessert is so addicting- wink!:) Share your love on this recipe by dropping a comment below.  I'll see you in few days for more awesome, delicious recipes. Keep it sweet and simple. Enjoy the rest of the day everyone!

xoxox- Melgie

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Smiley360 Mission: TAZO® Chai

TAZO® Chai Review courtesy from Smiley360

Hi Guys! Happy Wednesday to all of you!! I hope you all doing great. It's been a hectic week for me. I been busy between work and family, running errands and trying to finish up some school work with hubby. I'm so glad that we finally bought my kids their Halloween costumes and I'm already excited for next week. Anyways, Today I'd like to invite you to have some tea time with me. Sounds like fun right? Yup! It it so much fun especially if you invite your friends to come over. Last week, I received my latest Smiley360 mission- Tazo Chai. What is Smiley360?- Smiley360 is a community of influential people who try products for free and share their opinions online. Yup! you heard it right! totally free. This is actually my 4th mission from Smiley360 since I joined and I'm loving the whole experience.  Simply sign up online at for FREE. Apply for a mission that you are interested in, if you're qualified then you just have to wait for your free sample on the mail. Share your your personal experience through smiley360 sharing tools and earn smiles before the mission expired. That's it! super easy huh?
Now, lets go back to my latest smiley360 mission. TAZO Chai. I was pretty excited when I got accepted for this mission. I really love to try TAZO Chai, since I heard a lot of good reviews about the products from my friends.  Come on you guys, Let's take a peak what inside my Smiley360 kits. Are you feeling excited? Tara:)

Here's my lovely smiley Kit consist of::)

• Full-value coupon for any TAZO® Chai filterbag tea or latte concentrate
• Two full-value coupons for any TAZO® Chai filterbag tea or latte concentrate to share with your closest friends or family
• TAZO® Chai tasting guide
• 1 TAZO® Classic Chai filterbag, 1 TAZO® Chocolate Chai filterbag and 1 TAZO® Vanilla Caramel Chai filterbag
• Smiley360 Sharing Guide

I would say that its pretty generous smiley kit. I was able to share 2 of my FREE coupon to my friends and they are pretty happy to experience TAZO Chai as well. I also tried 3 Chai Filterbag and so far my favorites are Chocolate and Vanilla Caramel. So delicious and so relaxing. I love me some tea time for sure!:)

 Aside from the Tazo Chai Filter Bag. I also tried the TAZO Chai Latte- cold style! Let me tell you something, Its pretty good! Superb! I have 3/4 cup of milk into 1/4 Tazo Chai Latte and ice cubes. I also made some Caramelized Plantain Bananas to go with my awesome Tazo Chai Latte drink. The combination of sweet caramelized banana and Chai Latte is great!
 Have you tried TAZO Chai? If so, What is your favorite flavor? I think the chocolate is superb! So perfect anytime of the day and who doesn't love the aroma and the combination of flavors.:) I'm going to make some TAZO Chai in a minute who want some?? Enjoy the rest of the day everyone! I'll see you in few days for more awesome recipes and  product reviews. Stay warm and smile always! :)

xoxox- Melgie
Disclosure: I received my FREE Sample of TAZO Chai from
I enjoy and love using this product, opinion and experience express is 100 percent mine. Thank you, smiley360:)
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