Buko and Pandan are ingredients for a delicious Filipino dessert. Buko is a young coconut, the meat is soft and gelatinous. The liquid is turned to coconut juice. These are available in Asian markets, fresh and in cans.
Pandan is a tropical plant, ubiquitous to Asian countries commonly used both for dessert and savoury dishes. Pandan leaves can be purchased at Asian markets, and may be bought fresh or, more likely, frozen and are also available as an extract form which is what i used for this dessert. Pandan is fragrant and aromatic with a distinct flavor.
I have the hankering for buko pandan for the longest time but i don't have enough gelatin to make the pandan gelatin. But i have 4 boxes of cream cheese in the fridge, i can't even remember why?.. i had the "ahhhaa" moment..why not make Buko Pandan Cream Cheese and what a perfect time to make them. Green for St. Patrick's day! ;)
Oh and did i mention this is a no bake cream cheese? I don't have enough eggs in the fridge hence the no bake recipe. I didn't want to go out just for eggs!
This turned out to be soooo goood! Got my fix for some buko pandan;) I highly recommend this dessert!
INGREDIENTS FOR CRUST:
1 cup Graham Crackers (crushed)
1/3 T butter melted
INGREDIENTS FOR CREAM CHEESE FILLING:
2 T butter
2 T honey
2 T buko liquid (to be used with gelatine)
2 T pandan extract**
2 t gelatine dissolved in 2 T buko liquid
1 can condensed milk
2 block of 8 oz. Cream Cheese, softened
**add a little of green food coloring if you want a darker shade of green.
Combine graham crackers and butter. Press into a base of a 20cm spring form pan. Chill.
Heat condensed milk, honey and butter in a saucepan until combined. Boil for 10 minutes stirring continuously.
Beat cream cheese until soft, stir in gelatine mixture and condensed milk mixture. Pour into prepared crumb base. Chill for 2-3 hours.
INGREDIENTS FOR THE BUKO:
1 can of buko (young coconut) Sliced thinly
1 T corn syrup
1/4 C buko liquid
1/4 C sugar
Bring all the ingredients to a boil until syrup consistency.
Garnish on top of the chilled cream cheese.
BUKO (YOUNG COCONUT) IN CAN
GRAHAM CRACKERS (CRUSHED)
**I LINED THE SPRINGFORM PLATE WITH PLASTIC WRAP JUST TO AVOID LEAKAGE.***
CREAM CHEESE MIXTURE
LOOK HOW PRETTY!! ;)
A SLICE FOR ME WITH MORE BUKO ON TOP
THIS IS A KEEPER!