Filipino Sweet Rice Cakes

    Filipino Sweet Rice Cakes


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    About this recipe: Also known as palitaw. Sweetened sticky rice balls are rolled in a sugar and sesame seed mix, before being topped with grated coconut. A delicious, sticky and chewy dessert or snack.

    Makes: 20 cakes

    • 160g glutinous rice flour
    • 100g caster sugar
    • 125ml water
    • 100g caster sugar
    • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
    • 115g coconut, grated
    • 1 teaspoon salt

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:50min 

    1. Mix the rice flour, 100g sugar and the water together in a bowl to form a soft dough; set aside.
    2. Stir 100g sugar and sesame seeds together in a small bowl. Toss the coconut with the salt together in a separate bowl.
    3. Bring a large pan of water to the boil.
    4. Take a portion of the soft dough and roll it into a ball between the palms of your hands. Pull lengthways and shaped into flattened and elongated discs. Drop into the boiling water. The cake is ready when it floats. Scoop it out with a sieve and roll it in the sugar and sesame seed mixture. Place it on a serving plate. Repeat with the rest of the dough. Top the cakes with coconut and serve warm.


    Glutinous rice flour can be purchased from Chinese/Oriental speciality stores.

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