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Ensaimadas in Miniature

A fluffy, cheesy, buttery delight...

No; what’s shown above is not a tiny globular Lamington.  It’s cakey, yes.  It’s buttery, yes.  There’s cream involved, yes.  But that’s not coconut – it’s grated cheese.

Moreish, yummy, and - best of all - BITE-SIZED!

These are tea ensaimadas from The Aristocrat Bakeshop.  These are essentially miniaturized versions of the classic Malolos ensaimada: buttery rolls made with brioche dough, slathered in more butter, and sprinkled with lashings of cheese and granulated sugar.

In this particular case, butter-enriched and eggy brioche dough is rolled into balls and baked till golden.  The resulting globules are then dunked into rich cream and later dipped into a fluffy pile of grated mild cheddar.

These are elegant little bites, just the right size to fit onto the tiers of an epergne for high tea.  They are absolutely moreish: the soft buttery pillows tasting of rich cream and cheese just melt in your mouth but are – alas! – gone in a couple of bites.

Get a box or two, maybe more...

P 235.00 gets you a box of twenty and these make lovely gifts.  (My youngest aunts and my cousins were mad for these when they were here in July.)  But why share if you don’t have to?



Midge started her career in PR writing at seventeen when she began drafting documentaries for a government-run television station in the Philippines. Since then, she made a career in advertising and public relations which ended in June 2016 These days, she works full time at Philippine Tatler as a features writer under the nom de guerre Marga Manlapig. Aside from what she does for a living and her poetry, she has turned her home kitchen into a personal culinary lab and is currently working on another novel. Follow her on Instagram at @midgekmanlapig.

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