March 25, 2011

Tinapayan Festival: Festive Affordable Sweets!

I honestly believe that the best food are found not in fancy restaurants but in narrow streets and unknown stalls in the Metro like Binondo and Maginhawa Street in UP.  I guess the same is true when it comes to bread and pastries.

I always pass Dapitan Street whenever I go home from work, and I always see the Tinapayan Festival busy with people almost covering the glass panels of the bakery - leaving with a big brown paper bag - and I thought it is just because these people want to buy bread or the famous Pan De Sal for breakfast - but I found that they offer so much more.

My friend gave me a brown paperbag filled with goodies from Tinapayan Festival.

Caramel Fudge is one of the most popular pastries. It is chewy and sweet (but not too sweet as expected for a caramel). This is only Php14 per piece.

I looove the Cream Puff! It has caramelized sugar on top so it is somewhat brittle when you take a bite - yet the bread is just soft, and then the cream is just perfect as it "explodes" - not sweet, but creamy (writing this entry makes me want to take a bite!).

So the brittle caramel, soft bread and creamy filling would just jive together as you chew. I can eat it with one good big bite, but better do it in two - so you would see the cream dripping from the bread to your fingers - which is a signal to take another bite! One piece is only Php15!

Tinapayan also offers cakes - see this Cheesecake. I know it looks like an eggpie, but it really is a cheesecake!

I was expecting just a hint of lemon from this, but I guess there's too much of the good ingredient - which makes it a Leche Flan/Cheesecake for me. There is nothing to complain, it is only Php30 per slice. If you want a good sweet fix, get a slice and indulge!

The next time I pass by the store, I would make sure to buy one of each pastry/bread/cake that they are offering. I have heard that their Pandan Cheesecake is also good. I have tried the Cream Cheese Bread, and it is just perfect paired with coffee.

Finding such a store with really affordable offerings, makes it hard to maintain a certain diet..

Tinapayan Festival  
1650 Dapital St. Sampaloc, Manila

What is your favorite from Tinapayan Festival?