Bibingka is frequently seen on the ‘ber months. In the Philippines, Christmas kind of start in September and runs till the Feast of Three Kings in January. Yes, we do celebrate Christmas for a long time.
Bibingka stalls can be found in the market or in front of the church or in any neighborhood. You can buy it early in the morning or you can have it the afternoon or late night. I remember when I was still working in Santo Tomas University Hospital, after my 2-10PM shift, my husband and I would stop in Tayuman Station and would eat the special Bibingka before going home. And back in my hometown, there were at least three vendors who sell the best bibingka in town.
Traditionally, Bibingka are prepared in clay container lined with banana leaves and baked over and under hot charcoals. It uses galapong or glutinous rice dough. I can still remember how galapong were made, I watched them being done in the market. Simple or Regular bibingka will have plain cheese on top. Special Bibingka will have cheese and salted duck egg. Both will have grated coconut and sugar and butter for toppings.
For this easy bibingka recipe I used the pancake mix. You can use of course the White King Bibingka mix if you have them. I prepare the muffin pan, and lined it with banana leaves. Pour the batter and topped it with salted duck egg and cheese and baked it in the oven. After a few minutes, the house smells Bibingka and I loved it. Even my picky child liked it, I made him plain cheese bibingka without coconut toppings (butter and sugar works well for him, maybe I should not say his picky, right)? For the bibingka mold, you can use whatever you have available. I have use muffin pan in different sizes. I even use a small pie pan before and it worked just as well.
Next time, I will have the Bibingka recipe using rice flour. But for now, enjoy this easy Bibingka recipe using pancake mix.
- 2 cups pancake mix
- 6 eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 cups milk
- 1 stick butter (8 tbsp.)
- grated coconut (optional)
- banana leaves for lining pans(optional)
- Preheat oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease pans and line with banana leaves.
- Beat eggs and combine pancake mix, milk, sugar and butter. Mix well till all are fully incorporated.
- Pour batter into prepared pans.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes or until done. Watch your oven please!
- Serve while still hot. Top it with butter, grated coconut and sprinkle with a little bit of sugar. Share and Enjoy!