Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Biko (Sweet Glutinous Rice Cake)
Today marks the first year anniversary of my Mother-in-Law's death anniversary. My In-Laws are gathering all together at her grave today to offer prayers. While MR and I cannot be with them physically, we join them spiritually to offer our own prayers. In the afternoon, we prepared Biko, which is a popular Filipino dessert made of sticky rice, sugar, and coconut milk. Why Biko, you might ask? Simply because it's one dish my Mother-in-Law was known to make. I can still remember bringing MR's younger sister to the airport when she was going back to Qatar with my Mother-in-Law's homemade Biko. My own Mother used to make Biko as well, but I was much younger then so my memories are blurry. I remember that my Mother's was more traditional, while my Mother-in-Law liked to add Ube for flavor and coloring. I personally prefer the traditional one, so this is what I made today. At first, I was worried that I wouldn't have the ingredients needed, but I was lucky. I'm a not a fan of Filipino dessert, but this one I really like. And for a first-timer, I think I did pretty good.
In a pan, heat 2 cups of coconut milk. Add 500 grams of brown sugar. I used Filipino Muscovado Sugar.
Stir together with a wooden spoon.
Keep stirring until it thickens and is sticky.
Transfer a couple of tablespoons of the caramel into a mug or bowl. Set aside.
In the meantime, cook 4 cups of glutinous rice with 4 cups of water in a rice cooker. MR was worried about this as he's seen his relative make Biko and he cooked the raw rice in the caramel. Like in a Risotto or Paella. I thought I'd cook the rice first. So, add the cooked sticky rice to the caramel. Mix together well.
Transfer to a baking pan and spread with the aid of a spatula.
Then, add a couple tablespoons of condensed milk to the caramel.
Mix the two well.
Then pour on top of the rice evenly.
Bake in a 180 degrees preheated oven for 15-20 minutes. Take it out and let it cool completely.
Slice into rectangles. Enjoy, preferably with your hands! I know I did! :)