To those who love pastries and bread stuff, I implore you to seek and try the traditional Filipino ensaymada.
It is a combination of creamy, cheesy fluffy cloudy heaven in the form of baked goods.
It doesn’t come in one shape or form, which makes it really confusing for non-Filipinos unfamiliar to it. It also has different fillings. (When I was seven, I used to point at cow dung to my parents and say “it’s shaped like an ensaymada!” I used to see food everywhere).
And I must warn you that if the ensaymada is not made well, it is average. It is mediocre and you’ll probably not want to eat one again.
But when you do find that perfect combination of elements in one ensaymada, you’ll be eating it and feel like you’ve died and gone to sugar heaven – and you’ll forget about your diet and eat half a box (or more).
I’ve eaten a lot of ensaymada in my life but so far, I’ve only bought two ensaymada from two different places that I want to be buried with – or I want it to be my last meal if I was ever on death row.
One was a cheesy ensaymada at a DeliFrance stall at the international airport in the Philippines.
The second one is from this couple in Baulkham Hills who doesn’t have a shop but sells them for $12 a dozen (they don’t have a Facebook page yet but I will put it up once I know). Trust me, you’d want to buy more than a dozen after the first bite. I got myself two dozen and after two days, only six of them were left – and only because I still have some self-control.
I tried making one before, by the way. It initially looked promising but ended up tasting like normal bread – which is fine in bread standards but not in ensaymada standards.
So that’s it folks. The Filipino Ensaymada.