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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Kababayan (Filipino Muffins)

Note: I myself have not tried this recipe. I did not like it even when I was still a child growing up selling these in our tindahan/bakery, because I did not like the consistency. There was nothing special I found in it, but there were customers who continued to buy and eat them for some reason. So, for the sake of those who might be missing these and are interested to try and to see whether it was the same kababayan you used to like back in the Philippines, I am posting it here, as shared by a fb friend. Please be forewarned that there were those who tried this recipe and commented below, with poor feedback. I do not know when I will try this recipe. For those who have tried and did not like this, I hope you will experiment and troubleshoot what could be missing, and share your own corrected recipe. Thanks!

This recipe and photo above were shared by my fb friend Aileen Nopuente. Thanks for your generosity, Aileen!

1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
4 tsp. cream of tartar
3/4 cup softened butter( room temperature)
2 cup all purpose flour
2 cups cake flour
1 Tbs. baking powder 1 Tbs. vanilla extract
1 cup warm water
yellow food colouring,as needed for colour
28 ounces,sweetened condensed milk (2 cans)
1/2 cup vegetable oil

- Pre-heat oven to 190"C .
- Combine sugar,salt,sugar,cream of tartar and soft butter in the bowl of an electric mixer.blend for 4 mins at lowest speed.
- Stir together in a separate bowl the all-purpose flour,cake flour & baking powder.
- Stir togeteher vanilla,water,yellowcolour and condensed milk in another small bowl.
- Add wet and dry ingredients along with oil alternately to mixer until it forms a smooth batter.
- Fill-each well-greased muffin cup with 1/2 cup batter.bake for 22 mins. or until toothpick inserted in cake center comes out clean.
- When the muffin is almost done, turn off the oven & partially open the oven door for another 5 mins. before taking out the muffin.


  1. thanks for sharing the recipe, this is just like the ones I used to buy at the bakeries in our province :)

  2. I actually didn't have a chance to try this. I can't wait to try this recipe.

  3. I love the kababayan sold in bakeries.. so good as compared to those form the malls. :D

  4. Hi Olive,
    I myself is not a big fan of kababayan. But there have been requests to feature this recipe. So when my friend posted a photo, I immediately asked her for the recipe and for her permission to post. Glad she agreed!

    Welcome to my blog. I hope you will enjoy this recipe and more!

    I don't think I have had any from the malls...

  5. they have it in the breadshop outside SM supermarket... also found some in groceries (pre-packed ones)... but i still prefer those from the neighborhood bakery :)

  6. one of my favorite! kelangan kong magka-time to try this Manang. I'm craving for that right now! hehehe. Thanks Manang and Aileen!

  7. Jane, I myself have not tried this particular muffin. I like the Pinoy cheesecake better.

  8. mm...looks yummy! i'll sure try this recipe.thanks for sharing manang :)

  9. Hi Manang,

    Thank you thank you for sharing this recipe! I've tried your pan de coco and everybody loves it. I can't wait to try the kababayan. More success!

    Lisa from London

  10. Hi Lisa,
    I hope you and your family/friends will like this as well!
    Happy Holidays!

  11. Thanks Manang! I'm sure they will love it. Na-elevate mo na ang pinoy home cooking/baking into an art... and an enjoyable one too! Happy Holidays to you and your lovely family as well. Cheers!

    Lisa from London

  12. Hi LIsa,
    Thanks for the kind words. Happy Holidays to you and yours as well! Enjoy!

  13. Hi manang,

    Tanong ko lang if there aren't any eggs in this kababayan recipe.


    Lisa from London

  14. Hi Lisa!
    Nope! I think it is the condensed milk that gives it the flavor.

  15. Oh I see, thanks again Manang!


  16. Hi Manang,

    I've just tried making kababayan based on the recipe you shared and it didn't come out nice. In fact it was horrible. Sorry but I think your friend didn't share the proper recipe with you. I should have realized that since you hadn't tried this recipe yourself, it was dubious. I did have my doubts about the absence of the eggs but I still gave it the benefit of trying it out. I'm very distrustful of recipes posted online especially when I don't know who posted them. Anyway, lessons learned. This recipe is not worth trying. Trust me.

    Lisa from London

  17. Hi Lisa,
    Now your comment makes me wanna see for myself how it turns out. Although if this was the kababayan recipe that's like the one that my Tatay's bakery used to make, I was not really a big fan of those...something about the consistency just did not excite me enough, and to me, it was also "horrible" hence I never had the gumption to even try this recipe. I just posted for the sake of those whose taste buds finds preference for such muffins. When I do find more time (maybe after DHHS is done messing up my family life), I will...
    Sorry to hear that you wasted your time/effort/ingredients on this one...

  18. Hi Manang,

    That's all right. It's all part of the learning process. Please continue sharing your wonderful recipes with us homecooks. Thanks!


  19. I totally agree with Lisa. I tried it before and it was one of the worst recipe I ever tried online my kids didn't like it at all. Don't waste your time and money trying this recipe you will definately regret it.

  20. dear manang,

    first of all, i want to thank you for sharing wonderful recipes. in fact one cupcake recipe was a hit and we are selling it to schools as well as in the neighboring offices.

    just now, i tried the kababayan recipe and is totally dismayed with the results. i agree with lisa that the absence of eggs makes the whole recipe dubious. in fact while i was pouring batter on the pans, i asked my husband to recite all the ingredients becoz i had this nagging feeling that something's amiss.

    it was indeed a disaster. i thought i made a mistake in the quantities but my greatest mistake afterall was not reading all the comments until the end. had i seen lisa's comment, it would have changed my mind perhaps...

    still, i am very thankful becoz you are magnanimous with your knowledge and skills. God bless you and your family.

  21. Dear anonymous,
    I am sorry I thought I answered your comment already.
    Thank you for your kind words. Maybe I should just edit this post to warn readers.
    That makes me not want to waste ingredients on this. Or maybe I can experiment and see if I can come up with a better version, one that I myself will like...

  22. found a kababayan recipe. enjoy!


  23. MK, thanks for the link! Someday I might try that one and see if my friends will like it (I myself am not fond of kababayan).

  24. I did try this recipe 3 times and follow the instruction carefully but is palpable is to dry. I hope you can check your recipe before you put in your blog. Thank you anyway.



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