If there are some things that Batangas is famous for, it is usually the “balisong” or pen knife that sometimes goes by the name of the place it was made in. The area is also popular for very strong coffee, the unique accent of residents, and a number of savory delicacies that is constantly associated with this part of the country. There are also a few items that are considered baked delicacies, and here are some of them:
Londres – this is a cake-like treat that is both soft and crumbly, but not overly sweet. This is a perfect partner for coffee, and for hot chocolate. This is great for breakfast or for snacks. This is a twice baked delicacy that is similar to baked mamon since it starts off as a soft slice that is crisped up with baking and with the help of sugar plus frosting.
Pianono – one thing that Filipinos love is the cakes and pastries that have been inherited from the Spanish, and pianono is one of them. These small cake rolls are also available elsewhere in the country, with each locale adding their own twist or spin to the old-time favorite. This mini-roll comes with a custard filling and is dusted with sugar on the outside. In Batangas, you can get this in Bauan, at Ka Idro’s Bakery, and these are sold by the box or per piece.
Tamales – this is primarily known as a Mexican treat, however the city of Ibaan in Bulacan has its own version of this savory treat, that is technically not baked but cooked in a bain marie, which is a steamer type of cooking method that uses the oven and the steam in the pan to cook the banana leaf wrapped packages. These tamales are made using sticky rice flour, boneless chicken strips, salted egg, and atsuete. These are square shaped, much like those packages you see being used for fresh goat cheese, and are also tied with string.
These are some of the baked items that people mention after a visit to Batangas. The area does not have much in terms of such treats, but they do have a very long list of savory items that you can enjoy and these include bulalo, lomi, kaldereta, and a plethora of cured meats such as tapa, longanisa, and the like.
They also have dried fish, smoked fish, and peanut brittle or panutsa to add to this list. What other Batangueno baked delicacies do you know of that we do not know about? We would like to hear from you.