They’ve been called “Binangkal”, a Visayan popular snack or breakfast served with hot cocoa or coffee. We’ve loved doughnuts since before they were hip. Deep fried or bake, leavened or cake-like, glazed or field with cream, but the best doughnuts are those traditional deep fried bread like that we serve with local barako coffee or pandan tea.
The original recipe doesn’t include the filling, it is normally plain crispy on the outside and fluffy in the inside. We’ve got the idea of putting purple yam jam filling from butsi, which is pretty much the local snack equivalent of this sesame coated deep fried dough. If you prefer the original version, you can omit the jam and fried using the same method and ingredients. Double-acting baking powder works best, the doughnuts puff up more and the shells are thinner and crispier.
The ingredients and procedure is simple and straightforward, the only important thing to be careful about is the temperature of the oil. Start heating the oil when everything are ready, very hot or boiling will burn the sesame seeds before the binangkal cook thoroughly all the way to the center. 300 °F (approximately 150 °C) to be the perfect temperature. Otherwise, start with one piece to see how it does, then adjust the temperature as necessary.
- 2 Cups Rice Flour
- 1/2 Cup Potato Starch
- 3/4 Cup Sugar
- 2 Tablespoon Baking Powder
- 2/3 Cup water or as needed
- Purple Yam Jam
- Sesame Seed
- In a mixing bowl, combine rice flour, potato starch, baking powder and sugar.
- Mix until completely incorporated, make a well at the center and gently add water.
- Mix until well blended and start kneading by hand.
- Take a scoop of batter and roll into a golf ball.
- Make a hole at the center of the ball and fill with ube jam.
- Seal properly until fillings are covered and roll into the sesame seeds,
- Heat oil in a deep sauce pan and fry binangkal until golden brown.
- Drain the excess oil in paper towel, serve and enjoy.
- The deep fryer should have enough hot cooking oil, and in moderate temperature on medium heat before frying.
- Start by deep frying 1 pieces to make sure it was cook from the inside.