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Creating Davao’s Native Sweets: A Step-by-Step Guide

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Davao’s Native Sweets

Exploring Davao’s Native Sweet Delights

Native Sweets in Davao: A Homemade Durian Candy

  • 1 ripe durian (around 500g flesh)
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk (optional, for a richer flavor)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch (mixed with 2 tablespoons water)
  • Sharp knife
  • Food processor or blender
  • Heavy-bottomed saucepan
  • Spatula
  • Baking tray lined with parchment paper
  • Knife or cookie cutters (optional)
  1. Unveiling the Treasure: Peel and discard the durian rind, carefully separating the flesh from the seeds. Discard any discolored or bruised parts.
  2. Creamy Transformation: Pulse the durian flesh in your food processor or blender until smooth and creamy. Aim for a thick, custard-like consistency.
  3. Sugar Symphony: In your saucepan, combine sugar, water, and coconut milk (if using). Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves completely. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, allowing the syrup to thicken slightly.
  4. Durian Dance: Add the pureed durian to the simmering syrup. Stir gently but continuously to prevent sticking. The mixture will thicken further as it cooks.
  5. Salted Delight: Sprinkle in the salt and continue cooking for another 10-15 minutes, stirring regularly. You’ll know it’s ready when the mixture becomes very thick and pulls away from the sides of the pan.
  6. Cornstarch Magic: To achieve a smooth, gel-like texture, slowly drizzle in the cornstarch mixture while stirring constantly. Cook for an additional minute, ensuring everything is well incorporated.
  7. Candy Canvas: Transfer the hot durian candy onto the parchment-lined baking tray. Spread it evenly into a thin layer using your spatula.
  8. Cooling Cooldown: Allow the candy to cool completely at room temperature or in the refrigerator for faster setting. Once cool, it will solidify into a firm, translucent sheet.
  9. Slicing Sensation: Cut the candy into squares, rectangles, or even fun shapes using cookie cutters. Get creative and personalize your durian delights!
  10. Durian Bliss: Store your homemade candy in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. Every bite will transport you back to that first delightful encounter with the King of Fruits, now reinvented as a sweet and satisfying treat.
  • For a more intense durian flavor, use only the “pillow” or central part of the fruit.
  • If the candy mixture seems too thick, add a tablespoon or two of water while cooking.
  • You can adjust the sweetness level to your preference by adding more or less sugar.
  • Get adventurous! Experiment with adding other tropical fruits like mango or pineapple to the candy for a unique twist.
  • Durian candy makes a wonderful gift for fellow durian enthusiasts. Wrap your creations in colorful cellophane or decorative boxes for a touch of personalized charm.

Honoring Tradition Through Recipes

What is the significance of durian in Davao’s sweets?

Durian holds a special place in Davao’s culinary landscape as the region is renowned for producing some of the finest and most flavorful durians in the Philippines. Its unique aroma and creamy texture make it a versatile ingredient in sweets, ranging from durian candies to ice creams and pastries.

What are the Traditional Native Sweets in Davao?

Davao’s sweets are a vibrant reflection of its tropical tapestry. Crave creamy richness? Savor polvoron, grated coconut pressed into buttery, melt-in-your-mouth squares. For chewy bites, indulge in tampoi, a flaky pastry wrapped around sweet mung bean paste. Or, grab a binaki, sticky rice steamed with coconut milk and brown sugar, offering a touch of caramelized bliss. Don’t forget tinumok, banana fritters coated in golden sesame seeds, and tsokolate, rich, hot cocoa perfect for dips. From fruity pie inato to the unique durian candy, Davao’s sweets promise a delicious exploration of this southern paradise.

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