With Valentine's Day coming up, I thought of sharing with you one of my favorite Filipino treats. It's not something chocolatey, but who says Valentine's Day is all about chocolates? It is a day to show our love and appreciation for those we care about, and I believe one of the perfect ways to do that is to give them homemade sweet treats (which doesn't necessarily mean something with chocolates!). Homemade treats never fail to show your thoughtfulness and for me, it's the simplest but sweetest way to say "I love you". The effort and time you spent in making them will never go to waste, I tell yah! But don't get me wrong...you don't have to spend the whole day in the kitchen. Neither do you need to be an experienced cook to make something lovely and yummy. Like these Mamon, for instance...
Follow these easy steps (adapted from Goldilocks Bakebook) and enjoy Filipino-style mini sponge cakes yourself!
Yield 20 cupcake-sized Mamon
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 6 eggs (whites and yolks separated)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 cup cake flour, sifted
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cream of tartar
- 5 tsp fresh orange extract
- 1 cup grated cheddar cheese, for topping
1. Preheat oven to 325F. Line muffin pans with paper cups.
2. In a bowl, mix 1/4 cup melted butter, egg yolks, 1/3 cup sugar and 1/4 cup water using a mixer on high speed. With the mixer on low gradually add cake flour, baking powder and orange extract, and continue mixing until well blended. Set aside.
3. In a separate bowl combine egg whites and cream of tartar. Beat on high speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add the remaining sugar and continue beating until stiff. Fold in the yolk mixture into the egg white mixture.
4. Divide batter into prepared muffin pans, filling until 3/4 full. Bake for 15 minutes. Once baked, removed from pans and transfer to wire racks to cool. Brush top of mamon with remaining melted butter then sprinkle with grated cheese.