It’s been four months into the quarantine and with all the craziness that’s happening in and out of the country, many of us are feeling the literal and metaphorical heat.
I’m a firm believer in how the right kind of food improves one’s mood. And it just so happens that stressed spelled backwards is dessert.
Being a sweet tooth myself, of course I have a considerable bias towards desserts. (And words to the wise: biases are not inherently bad!)
Before I let my stress get the better of me, let me calm my mind down and yet excite my appetite as I present my picks for out-of-the-ordinary sweets.
These are usually reinterpretations or interesting tweaks to established dessert recipes, bringing something new to classic faves.
I also picked the ones that are currently available for pickup and delivery since most of us are stuck in our homes.
Frozen Brazo de Mercedes from Ombu Kusina
Ombu Kusina prides itself on its modern takes on Pinoy cuisine and this dessert is a prime example of that. Delightful layers of frozen soft meringue alternating custard filling, ice cream and graham cracker crust will make a great end to any meal.
Ombu Kusina is located at Ground Floor, Sequioa Hotel, Mother Ignacia Street, Brgy. South Triangle, Quezon City, open daily from 9am to 8pm for dine-in, delivery and pickup. For reservations and inquiries, call +63 2 84411789 or +63 922 8149086, or email email@example.com.
Read more about Ombu Kusina here.
Black Forest Floor from Graffiti Desserts
Graffiti Desserts is a new entrant into the busy metro food scene which seeks to differentiate itself from other dessert shops by “taking inspiration from every direction, rethinking sweets and changing the dessert landscape in the process.” Its Black Forest Floor deconstructs and reimagines the classic Black Forest Gateau as the Shwarzwald’s lush forest floor. From the moist chocolate cake, amaretto-soaked cherries and crushed peanuts making up its “soil” which surrounds a “mud pool” of salted milk chocolate ganache, to its candy twigs and pebbles, dried rose petals and a green tea butter crumble “moss” hiding a gold cream dome egg, biting into this dessert is like stepping into fairyland.
Read more about Graffiti Desserts here.
Turtle Pie Cheesecake-in-a-Jar from SugarSalt
Craving for something sweet but don’t want to over-indulge? Then SugarSalt’s Turtle Pie Cheesecake-in-a-Jar is just what you need. Made with dark chocolate, caramel kisses, caramel fudge and pecan nuts over freshly baked cheesecake in a crushed graham cracker crust and served in a cute little jar, it is a bite-sized taste of sweet heaven.
Order your SugarSalt Cheesecake-in-a-Jar through this website.
Read more about SugarSalt here.
Martabak Manis from Sammy’s Cookin’
Martabak Manis is one of Chef Sammy Isidro’s signature dishes influenced ny the years he spent as a musical performer in Indonesia. Made with thick pancake layers filled with chocolate sprinkles, crushed peanuts, cheese and condensed milk, this dessert is perfect for those late-night sweet cravings.
Read more about Sammy’s Cookin’ here.
Japanese Cheesecake from Fukurou Nihonryori
Fukurou Nihonryori is a cozy little resto in Cainta which serves authentic Japanese dishes. One such dish is the Japanese cheesecake, a light and fluffy confection made in the traditional Japanese way and drizzled with dulce de leche.
Fukurou Nihonryori is located at Ground Floor, The Pinnacle Plaza, Marikina-Infanta Highway, Bgy. San Isidro, Cainta, Rizal, open Tuesdays to Sundays from 9am to 5pm for pickup, takeout and delivery. For reservations and inquiries, call +63 2 82866672 or 5451245.
Read more about Fukurou Nihonryori here.
Putoflan from Batter & Bake
Another promising newbie in the online food selling business, Pasig-based Batter & Bake entered into the fray with the Puto Flan among its initial offerings. This dessert lets you enjoy two Pinoy classic desserts – the puto (rice flour cake) and leche flan (steamed milk custard) – in one neat little package.
Spiked Carabao Milk Ice Cream from The Blissful Story
Ice cream is every kid’s favorite dessert, but Pasig-based micro-creamery The Blissful Story churns out something special for us grown-ups: a little bit of Tequila Rose to go with its carabao-milk based Strawberry Rose ice cream, giving its sweet fruity flavor and nutty cacao nibs some added oomph.
You can order this tipsy ice cream at The Blissful Story’s Facebook Page.
Well, that’s quite a list that lifted my spirits, I have to say! Would you know of any other unusual desserts? Drop your suggestions in the comments!
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Happy eating, dessert lovers!
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