I think that I have mentioned the Manila Bakery in a recent post? My hubby went there while me and the kids were waiting for our food at Pho Van (btw, the kids had their fried tofu for appetizer, they loved it!) . He brought back some really tasty treats! Is it possible to be in love with food? He got the pan de coco, which looks like a dinner roll but inside is a mix of coconut and brown sugary goodness. I am drooling just thinking about it....how could he buy just 2?! Is this his way of torturing me? I will certainly be going there next weekend to stock up on some more. It looks pretty easy to make, but I think I will wait for Oma to get here over the holidays to assist me! He also bought some Chicken & Pork Empanada's....it was very tasty, but I would've preferred it without raisins! This one I may try to make on my own...I found a recipe for it at http://www.pinoyrecipe.net {see below}. I would definitely leave out the peas too, blah! I don't know what a good replacement would be though? I will have to think about that one....

Dave also got some coconut and raisin bread at Lee Lee's, thankfully the raisins are on top so I can pick them off! The kids really liked it, but it was not very exciting for me after just having eaten the pan de coco! Also, it is not freshly baked right there like at Manila, so it was only so-so, not anything I would want again. I think I have been spoiled now....

For those of you in the Arizona area, check out the Manila Bakery, you will not regret it! It is located at :
2095 N Dobson Rd in Chandler # (480) 917-2350

Chicken Empanada Ingredients:


* Pinoy Empanada300 g (2 1/2 cups) flour, plus extra for dusting
* 3 tablespoons sugar
* 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 65 g (1/3 cup) chilled solid vegetable shortening
* 125 g(1/2 cup) butter
* 6-7 tablespoons iced water
* 1 egg, lightly beaten
* 1 tablespoon water


* 1 tablespoon oil
* 1 tablespoon butter
* 1/2 medium onion, minced
* 3-4 cloves garlic
, minced
* 450 g (1 lb) chicken breast or thigh meat, deboned and cubed
* 1 small potato, diced
* 1 small carrot, diced
* 250 ml (1 cup) water or chicken broth
* 100 g (1 cup) green peas (thawed, if frozen)
* 100 g (1/2 cup) raisins (optional)
* 2 teaspoons salt
* 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Chicken Empanada Instructions:

To make the Crust, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a bowl.

Cut in the butter and shortening with a knife or pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Stir in the iced water, a little at a time while gathering the mixture to form a soft dough.

Form the dough into a ball. Sprinkle some flour onto a sheet of waxed paper and wrap dough in the waxed paper. Chill 30 minutes in the refrigerator.

To make the Filling, heat the oil and butter in a skillet. Add onions and saute about 1 minute, then add garlic and saute a further 1 minute. Add the cubed chicken meat and stir-fry until the chicken browns.

Add potatoes and carrots and cook 2-3 minutes. Stir in water or broth and simmer until potatoes and carrots are tender and chicken is fully cooked.

Add peas and raisins and simmer a further 2–3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. With a slotted spoon, drain ingredients and transfer to a bowl, letting excess liquid drip. Set aside for 30 minutes to cool.

Preheat oven to 200° C (400° F). Remove chilled dough from refrigerator. Lightly flour a pastry board or clean table top. Using a rolling pin, roll out dough on a pastry board until it is 3 mm (1/8 in) thick. Don’t roll it too thin or it will break when baked. Cut 10 cm (4 in) circles using a cutter and a small bowl.

Gather the scraps and re-roll them so they can be used again. You should get about 20 pastry circles.

Spoon about 1-2 teaspoons Filling into the middle of each pastry circle. Fold the circle so the edges meet and filling is sealed. Press the edges of the pastry with the tines of a fork.

Combine lightly beaten egg with 1 tablespoon of water. Brush surface of each folded puff with egg mixture. Arrange on a greased baking sheet. With a knife make 2-3 slits on the surface of each puff to allow steam to escape while baking.

Bake puffs in preheated oven for about 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Set aside for a few minutes to cool before serving.