Wednesday, March 16, 2011
One of my favorite desserts growing as a little girl was karioka! My dad would always surprise me and come home with a bag of sweet delicious goodness for me to snack on. It is a Filipino dessert that consists of fried rice flour, coconut milk and shredded coconut then drizzled with a coconut milk and brown sugar syrup. Today i was craving for it and lucky enough i had all the ingredients laying around the house to make it. Ive never done it before but it came out tasting the way i have always remembered. Heres are the steps i took to make it. Try it out for yourself! enjoy!
2 Cups Sweet Rice flour
1 3/4 Cups of shredded coconut
1 1/2 Cups of coconut milk.
For the syrup
1/4 Cup of Brown sugar
3/4 Cup of coconut milk
First mix together the sweet rice flour, shredded coconut, and coconut milk. Once it has been combined it should look like a nice paste. Make sure its not too moist because it will be hard to roll into balls.
After, take the mixture and roll them into medium sized balls with the palms of your hands. If you feel like it is too sticky and hard to form, add more rice flour to the mixture. This will help keep the shape and wont stick to your hands.
Next, heat the 2 cups of oil in a pot and set the burner to medium. Once you feel the oil is hot enough, drop a few balls in at a time. Leave them in for about 5 minutes, or until they turn golden brown.
After you have fried a few, go ahead and crack one open. You will the see the consistency will be sticky and chewy and a bit transparent. That is exactly what your looking for.
Once all the balls are fried, you went to set them aside on a plate with with napkins because it helps to soak up the hot oil. Then your ready to make the syrup! Mmmm.
In a different pot or the same one you used (make sure it is cleaned of all oil,) heat up the 3/4 cup of coconut milk and bring it to a boil. Once you see the bubbles, add the brown sugar and stir well.
Leave the syrup on the burner and it will thicken to a nice caramel looking consistency. Once its done, turn off the burner and take the pot off and wait until it chills.
After it has cooled down, your ready to dip the balls in the sauce. Roll them around in the syrup then stick a skewer through it and let it hang on top of the pot so the excess syrup can drip back down into the rest of the syrup
After you have rolled and skewed the rest of the balls, your ready to eat!
Hope you liked the tutorial! Enjoy the karioka!!