I’ve been on the look out for a good recipe for kutsinta since forever but my search and kitchen experimentation have been sorely disappointing. That was until last weekend when my kumare posted on Facebook this picture of the kutsinta she made and how she finally nailed the recipe after two years of trial and error.
I was so excited, I PM’ed her as fast as my stubby fingers could type! I am not sure of the time difference between California and Vancouver where she lives but I was glad she replied with the recipe and had me on my kutsinta-making project in thirty minutes flat. Thank heavens for awesome friends 🙂
Most of the kutsinta recipes I’ve encountered in the past are made of rice flour but her version uses 3 parts all-purpose flour and 1 part tapioca flour, with the latter (along with the lye water) lending the cakes the soft and chewy texture I like. Please note that atsuete is primarily added to deepen color and you may have to use more or less depending on the brown sugar you use. Make sure to steam in a gentle simmer to prevent the kutsinta from sinking in the middle.
Best served with freshly-grated coconut, this classic Filipino treat makes a delicious and satisfying any time of the day snack. Enjoy!
- 1½ cups flour
- ½ cup tapioca flour
- 1½ cups dark brown sugar
- 3 cups water
- 1 tablespoon atsuete powder (annatto)
- 1 tablespoon lye water
- In a bowl, combine flour, tapioca flour, sugar and water. Stir well until dissolved and mixture is smooth.
- Add atsuete and stir until well dispersed and desired color is achieved. Add lye water and stir. Lightly grease inside of molds with melted butter (I used silicone molds so I skipped this step). Pour mixture into kutsinta molds to about ¾ full.
- Add water to bottom part of steamer and bring to simmer over medium heat. Arrange prepared kutsinta mold in a single layer on steamer basket and steam for about 40 to 45 minutes or until mixture is set. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Gently remove kutsinta from molds and serve with grated coconut.
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