Sunday, January 22, 2012

Buko Pie

I was thinking since a long time to write about the Buko Pie. Simply because were we live there is plenty of shops selling Buko Pie. As usual one always drives past them (which in one way is a good thing because if you stop and taste you will get addicted to them) but I wanted to stop and try one.

We don't live in the traditional area for Buko pie, but a very good friend of my Fiancee has a little shop in Tagaytay, selling among many other things a home made Buko Pie. So off we went, driving quick to Tagaytay to buy some Buko Pie. For me this is one of the best Buko Pies you can get, you just need to try one.
But what is Buko Pie? Buko is Tagalog for a young coconut and to make the pie is actually very easy. I will give you the recipe below. But while in Philippines, Buko Pie is available basically everywhere, but it is only really nice when it is freshly baked, so when you get it is the shop, the box is still warm, then you know you have a really freshly baked pie and it is so delicious

Now I first have to tell you how to find the shop with the delicious Buko Pie, and believe me, I have had since then many Buko Pies but none of them is as delicious as this one (OK, little bit byist, but trust me, it is delicious). The shop is called El Mare and is at the entrance of Tagaytay when you take the Santa Rosa Road. It is basically opposite the flower market.
But here is the recipe (if you really can't get to El Mare shop in Tagaytay)

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
2/3 cup shortening
1 piece eggyolk
1 tsp. vinegar
1/4 cup ice water

4 cups coconut meat
1 cup coconut water
1 300 ml can Sweetened Condensed Milk
2/3 cup cornstarch

Blend flour and salt in a bowl. Cut in shortening using two knives or a pastry cutter.
Combine yolk, vinegar and water, slowly add the liquid to the flour mixing until dough can be handled.
Divide dough into 2 parts with one part slightly bigger than the other. Roll bigger dough to about 2 inches larger than a 16-inch pie form
Fit dough into a pie plate, letting sides hang.
Roll out remaining dough for the crust.
Set aside.
Combine filling ingredients in a heavy bottom saucepan.
Cook stirring constantly until thickened. Cool then pour into prepared crust.
Cover with top crust; flute or fold edges together to seal.
Bake for 1 hr. at 180 C.


  1. I would have to try to find frozen young coconut to make this amazing Buko Pie, which I have only made once, a long time ago, but the crust I made with butter, and minus the egg yolk, and the filling with my own custard cream with the heavy cream, egg yolk, and cornstarch.
    Such an incredible Filipino pie, so much better than our version of the coconut cream pie!

    Thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog...did not mean to offend you, or anyone re: the childhood memory of the Hungarian Pogácsa, it was just a moment of "weakness" since I'm on a WeightWatchers diet, and are craving for childhood comfort foods! From the looks of these amazing posts with your fabulous things you've made, and being a professional Chef, I'm sure you can make this, even if you are Swiss, and not Hungarian...LOL

    I'm following your blog, hope you will do the same. Would like to stay in touch with you, and keep up with your latest post:DDD

  2. Hi Elisabeth
    So nice to hear from you. Yes to find young coconut is extremely difficult as one has to go to hot regions like Asia, Caribbean, South America, but I really hope that you can find a good substitute for the fresh Buko.

    It is good to have some weaknesses, you need to indulge from time to time in proper food....not that Weight Watchers is not proper, as long as you cook fresh. As you can imagine, I am no friend of convenience food.

    No worries, you did not offend me at all, I am just teasing. I will gladly follow your blog and please do keep in touch

  3. Will definitely try this recipe! My husband and I are avid pie-fans! Thanks for the recipe!

  4. It is a pleasure for the recipe, I love pies myself. If you are in the Tagaytay region, go and buy one....with us we have usually the first slice already in the car

  5. After reading this post I just have to ask myself why haven't I tried making one. Will definitely add this to my list of pies to bake. Thanks!

  6. Welcome to the buko pie fanatics, glad you want to try it out. Join my blog and you will get all the time new recipes, not just Pinoy, but from all over the world


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