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Mayumu by Abi Balingit

Posted by Nigella on the 22nd June 2023
Image of Abi Balingit's Chai Leche Flan
Photo by Nico Schinco

I am really hideously late with this book, for which I can only apologise! And I have further need to presume upon your kindness: when I was working in Australia, the only way I could keep up with CookbookCorner was by dispensing with the usual full review, and now that I’m just back, I find myself felled by jet lag and incapable of stringing a sentence together. But I didn’t want to leave it any longer to tell you about Mayumu. Subtitled Filipino American Desserts Remixed, it is the liveliest and most interesting baking book I’ve come across for a long time. It just buzzes with exuberant creativity, and Abi Balingit, its Brooklyn-based author, seems to possess a positively kinetic sense of flavour, and a gift for compelling combinations, both culinary and cultural. Thus, in a book that is full of vibrant riffs and renditions, she gives us Adobo Chocolate Chip Cookies, Sampalok Tajin — tamarind and that fabulous Mexican chilli-lime seasoning — Snickerdoodles, Pineapple Upside-Down Guava Cupcakes and — the recipe I am joyfully sharing with you today — Chai Leche Flan!

Mayumu: Filipino American Desserts Remixed by Abi Balingit.
Photography credit to Nico Schinco. Copyright © 2023 by Abi Balingit.
Printed courtesy of Harvest, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

Try this recipe from the book

Image of Abi Balingit's Chai Leche Flan
Photo by Nico Schinco
Chai Leche Flan
By Abi Balingit
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Dreamy, Creamy Peanut Butter Pasta