How Do Chefs Prepare their Kids’ Baon

empanada

Chef Lowell Cauilan

For this month’s featured recipes, I asked my colleagues about a daily task that seems to be harder than it looks; making baon for our kids. The start of classes also marks the start of the daily grind for parents in thinking about what to prepare for their kid’s meals.

Before our kids go to school, we usually prepare what they want to eat and when they get home, we check if they finished their “baon”. It is sometimes frustrating to find out that our kids end up bringing home their lunchboxes half-eaten and, at times, untouched.

Preparing baon may be challenging but if we will add a lot of love and creativity, our kids will surely enjoy their baon. It may be a handful to find simple, easy to prepare, nutritious, and affordable baon ideas that our kids will appreciate but for this month, we will share recipes that will surely delight your kids!

The following are simple and creative recipes we teach in PACE – certified easy and interesting to make! Pigs in a Blanket

pigs in blanket

Pigs in a Blanket

Ingredients:

  • 6 pcs Puff pastry, cut into triangles
  • 12 pcs Coxktail hotdogs
  • ¼ cup Confectionaires’ sugar
  • Vegetable oil (as needed)

Cheese Sauce:

  • Cheese, grated
  • Milk

Procedure:

  1. Lay a piece of puff pastry on your board. Place a hotdog on broad side of pastry then roll towards the narrow end, press end to secure.
  2. Bring the oil to temperature and deep fry pigs in a blanket until golden brown and puffy.
  3. Strain and drain excess oil. Dust pigs in a blanket with sugar.
  4. Meanwhile, heat cheese and milk in a sauce pan, and stir until cheese is completely melted.
  5. Set hotdogs on a plate with cheese sauce on the side for dipping.

Kiddie Empanada

Ingredients:
Dough:

  • 1 cup All purpose flour
  • ¼ cup Butter, cold and diced
  • 3 tbsps Cold water

Filling:

  • ¼ cup Diced ham
  • ¼ cup Diced chicken, cooked
  • 1 pc Boiled egg, diced
  • ¼ cup Cheese, diced
  • Vegetable oil (as needed)

Procedure:
For the dough:

  1. In a bowl, mix flour with butter, add in water and knead lightly, form dough into a ball, rest and chill for at least 5 minutes.
  2. Divide dough into 6 equal pieces, and roll into balls, let rest.

For the filling:

  1. In a bowl, mix all ingredients thoroughly.
  2. Take one dough ball on a work table. Using a rolling pin, roll out dough into 1/8” thick circles.
  3. Put about a tablespoonful of the filling, fold dough down in half. Secure edges by crimping with a spoon, deep fry empanadas in oil until golden brown.
  4. Serve warm.

To learn about more dishes that can be prepared at home, PACE offers thematic Lifestyle Courses for culinary enthusiasts. For the individuals planning to start their culinary journey, we offer Culinary Arts Diploma Course. CAD Course takes place 4 days a week or once a week for the working professionals. For more details, please call 654.4862 or visit our website,  www.pacemanila.com.

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