Filipino Native Food · Kakanin · Merienda

Bitsu-bitsu Recipe

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Bitsu-bitsu Recipe

INGREDIENTS:
2 cups rice flour
½ cup coconut milk
1 ½ cup hot water

Cheese slices, filling (Quezo or Eden)
powdered sugar/white sugar coating
canola or vegetable oil for frying

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. In a mixing bowl, combine rice flour and coconut milk. Slowly add water, little by little only, until it becomes like a dough in texture. It should be soft, but not too sticky. You can discard excess water once you achieve the perfect dough consistency.

2. Roll the dough into a log shape, and slice it into the shape you prefer. You can roll it into your clean palms to get the shape and you may also fill it with cheese sticks/thin slices

3. Transfer the prepared dough on wax or parchment paper.

4. In a deep pot, heat enough oil until hot. Test the oil first, drop a small size of dough into the hot oil, it should sizzle. It means the oil is ready.

5. Deep fry the bitsu-bitsu over medium heat by batches (don’t over crowd or the ideal heat will reduce). Fry it until golden brown and strain it from oil once cooked.

6. Transfer the fried bitsu-bitsu on a plate lined with paper towels. Roll it into powdered sugar or just white sugar. You may also make a caramel sauce if you like (recipe below).

For Caramel Sauce: (Optional)
1 cup brown sugar
¼ cup cold water

INSTRUCTIONS:
1 Add water and brown sugar in a small saucepan and mix until dissolved.

2 Cook mixture until it reaches the soft boil stage. To test: It will form a ball when you drop a small caramelized sugar in a bowl of water.

3 Coating: In a large bowl, place the warm bitsu-bitsu and pour the caramelized sugar over them. Toss and turn to coat evenly.

4 Serve and enjoy!

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