Buko Pandan - My Favorite Dessert

24 September 2008 9 comments

I remember tasting this unusual dessert when I went back to the Philippines in 2003. This dessert has young coconut slivers mixed in with Pandan (Screwpine) flavored gelatin, sugar and heavy cream. The cream was heavily colored with Pandan extract so it was greener than the one I made on the photo above. Regardless of the aesthetic, I still liked the taste. It's simple and not pretentious.
Making this is quite easy. The part that took the longest was waiting for the gelatin to set. Otherwise, everything was a breeze. I decided to work on the presentation a little bit. You can blame it on the years I watched Food TV (now the Food Network.)

You can find Pandan (Screwpine) leaves in an Asian grocery, it is usually in the frozen food section. Some grocery have the Pandan extract, using this will save you time. Young coconut is sold in cans or you can also find these in the freezer section.

2 cans young coconut meat, drained and cut into strings
1/2 teaspoon pandan extract
2 cups heavy cream
3/4 cup sugar or Splenda
for the Pandan gelatin:
2 (90 g) packages unflavored gelatin
3 cups water
1-1 1/2 tablespoon pandan extract
4 drops green food coloring (omit if extract is green)
1/4 cup sugar

Dissolve gelatin and sugar in the water and bring to boil.
Remove from heat and stir in the pandan extract and food color.
Pour into a rectangular pan and refrigerate until firm.
Cut the gelatin into 1 inch cubes.
Whip the heavy cream to thicken it just a little bit but you can use it as it is.

In a large bowl, mix cream, sugar and pandan extract.
Add the gelatin cubes.
Chill before serving.

-You can substitue light cream or half and half for the heavy cream. If you want an authentic Filipino flavor, use the brand NESTLE CREAM (canned cream.)
-If using Pandan leaves, boil it in 3 cups of water. Use this liquid for the gelatin.
-Adjust the amount of sugar according to your taste.


9 comments: to “ Buko Pandan - My Favorite Dessert so far...

  • purplegirl September 25, 2008

    Hi! I was blog-hopping and landed here. I, too, love Buko Pandan but never knew how to make it. I'm so glad you posted your recipe. Just a couple of questions... the canned buko -- it is Filipino brand? I've never seen canned buko before so help ;) What kind of pandan extract did you use? I can only find McCormick's but it doesn't have any pandan taste! So matabang. Anyway, as soon as I find canned buko, I'm going to make this :)

  • Babette September 25, 2008

    You can see the photo of the canned young coconut in my BUKO CUSTARD PIE post. The brand is Aroy-D but there are other brands available. I think it's from Thailand or Malaysia.
    As for the Pandan extract, my mom bought it for me from the Philippines. The brand is FERNA and it is very strong. I also have the McCormick one but have not tried it yet.
    If you want an authentic Pinoy taste, you might want to consider using the brand Nestle Cream in lieu of the heavy cream.

  • Carlota September 27, 2008

    sarap ah. my fave din. hmmm kelan kaya ako maka gawa nyan. punta na lang ako sa inyo Barb hehehe.

  • Nancy September 27, 2008

    WOW! favorite ko din 'to! hindi nga lang ako marunong gumawa, kaya nakakain lang pag nagma-malls..hehe..sarap!

  • Vk-mahalkaayo September 27, 2008

    barb, ang sarap nito, sa tingin na, ay lecker nito.

    hindi pa ako nakagawa nito,
    yon kaibigan ko mahilig nito, gawa siya nagbigay na man......

    thanks for sharing,


  • Amy September 28, 2008

    ang sarap! patikim naman:)

  • Vk-mahalkaayo September 30, 2008

    hallo barb,

    danke, vielen dank sa plan mo to call me up.

    normal na ang wrks ko.

    kaya lang, always sa dentista, ginagawa na ang teeth ko, wla na yon schienen? yon nakita mo?

    mga provi. na ang mga teeth ko, kaya nahirapan ako, ang sakit pa.

    ngayon galing naman ako sa dentist ko, for 2 n half hrs. open ng mouth ko uy, sakit pa yon ginawa nila,

    pero malapit ng matapos.....yon big wrks, nagawa na.

    bukas, balik naman ako after wrks, kasi tingnan daw nya kung everything is ok.

    sigi, regards.....danke, danke.....

  • Marie October 05, 2008

    tsarap tsarap naman ng buko pandan! just had my share of it after work..sarap talaga!

  • fortuitous faery October 06, 2008

    how cute and inviting! love the cloverleaf-shape. :)