|Hiding inside an undecorated and unassuming box is a fluffy treat that induces jolts of happiness reminiscent of most gastronomic indulgences that make you sigh in contentment.|
This area of Batangas is known for various cakes and pastries, but our frequent visits to the town of Bauan, Batangas have made us fall in love with a version of pianono. A quick Google search of pianono reveals a definition from a dedicated “Batanggenyo” free e-book from www.batanggenyo.net:
“Pianono – uri ng tinapay na parang “cake roll” na walang icing“
(Type of bread similar to a cake roll without any icing)
It’s so soft, pinching to remove it from the box it can cause blemishes on its surface. Upon slicing it, you will see a custard colored filling probably made from a blend of margarine and sugar. This is then rolled within a bread made from a consistency similar to that of a mamon, and then the whole piece is rolled into… you guessed it. More sugar
The result is a soft sponge-like bread that immediately melts in your mouth and its filling totally overloading your taste buds with creamy sweetness. We have shared this with a few willing subjects and the demand to have a box brought home on a regular basis has reached an almost maniacal peak.
|Still, what is best partnered with something from Batangas? Nothing less than an authentic cup of kapeng barako ! Take it bitter without cream and sugar to complement the already sweet pianono.|
There are many bakeries in Bauan, Batangas, but the particular one that sells this pianono in discussion is Ka Idro’s Bakery. I believe that this recipe has been passed on to around four generations already, with their bakery not changing place since the time they were established.
If you have experienced this tasty confection, write something down to spread the word, or maybe there are other hidden treasures that you would want to share for people to try
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