Cassava cake is a very popular dessert in the Philippines, and Reese is making one for her friends to try when they come to visit.
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Whose kitchen are we going to today?
Hello, my name is Reese and this is my house. Come in.
-This is my mum.
And this is my kitchen.
Today I'm going to be making cassava cake.
It is really, really yummy and it is my favourite pudding.
Reese has learnt how to make cassava cake from her mum, Rhia.
Reese's mum is Filipino
and her family originally come from the Philippines.
The Philippines is a country made up of thousands of islands
in the Pacific Ocean.
The warm tropical weather there is perfect for growing fruit,
including pineapples, strawberries,
kiwis and coconuts.
Food and mealtimes are very important to Filipino people,
who sometimes eat up to five small meals a day.
Dessert is a special part of mealtimes for many
people in the Philippines.
Cakes covered in coconut are very popular.
Reese has washed her hands, put on her apron and she's ready to cook.
Today I'm going to be making cassava cake for my friends.
And she's invited Xavier, Meadow
and Raaga to taste one of the main ingredients before they come
round for a very special cake from the Philippines later.
-It feels a bit like glue.
It feels wet and slippery.
What do you think it is?
I don't know what it is.
It's cooked cassava.
-Do you like it?
It tastes a bit plain.
If it was cooked differently, I wouldn't mind trying it.
-Erm, I don't want to eat it.
Oh, dear. Let's see if Reese can change their minds,
because cassava's one of the most important ingredients
in her cassava cake.
As well as cassava, you'll also need coconut cream, coconut milk, eggs,
vegetable oil, milk, sugar, vanilla extract, grated cheese
So, what's first, Reese?
First you want to crack the egg into a cup to see
if the egg is good or bad.
You also want to see if the egg has got any shells in it.
Oh, good idea, Reese.
Keep an eye out for any eggshell.
-Oh, there goes the second egg.
-Now we're going to whisk the eggs.
We are going to add in our two eggs into the bowl.
-I'm going to wipe my hands with some tissue.
-Well remembered, Reese.
I'm going to add in our coconut milk, followed by our coconut cream.
Now we are going to add in 80ml of milk.
That's just right.
Add some vegetable oil.
And what's next?
Now we're going to add in some vanilla extract into the bowl.
Vanilla extract will give it some flavour.
Now we're going to add in some sugar into the bowl.
Ah, that's the idea, Reese, give it a good mix.
Now we are going to add in our most important ingredient.
And you know what that is, don't you?
Cassava. Cassava is a plant that grows in the Philippines.
They can grow very tall, taller than people.
Cassava plants have funny-shaped roots called tubers,
which are often used in cooking.
The tubers can be chopped up very small
and used in sweet recipes, such as cakes.
Cassava tubers can be used to make all sorts of foods,
including flour, bread and even baby food.
Reese is using frozen cassava chips today.
Now we're going to add in our cassava into the grater.
But be careful because the grater has some sharp edges
and you don't want to cut any of your tiny fingers!
Ooh, this is getting really hard.
In comes the struggle, out comes the muscles.
HE LAUGHS She's great!
And if you find it tricky, ask a grown-up to help you.
Now we can add in all of our cassava into the bowl.
And we're going to add in half of our cheese into the mixture.
We're going to leave half
because we're going to use that for the topping.
And now we can mix this until it is well combined.
It might seem very weird that you're adding cheese
-but it really is yummy.
-Mmm, let's hope your friends agree, Reese,
because this is a very popular cake in the Philippines.
I've been to the Philippines and it is really, really hot.
You have to give it a really good mix so then you can taste
so much delicious things in your cake.
I love Filipino food so much.
I think this is ready now.
Now I'm going to add this into our baking tray.
Grease the tin with oil and with this brush.
Brushing it onto the pan.
If you don't grease the sides, then it'll be really hard to get out.
Now we can add in our mixture into the bowl.
The mixture smells like coconut.
And now we can sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top of our mixture.
Ooh, dancing, Reese!
HE CHUCKLES What are you going to do now?
-The cheese dance!
-That looks like fun.
When you have finished sprinkling all of the cheese all
around the areas, you want to get a grown-up to put it into the oven.
-Now we are going to cut up some fruit.
I've got mango,
pineapple and watermelon.
The fruit goes really well with the cassava cake
and even tastes like a fruitcake.
Careful with the knife.
So, there's yummy mango, pineapple,
and that's a really clever way to cut up watermelon.
-These are looking really, really yummy.
-Mm, what's next, Reese?
Now I have finished cutting all of my fruit,
we can wait for the cassava cake to be ready to eat!
And if you'd like to make Reese's cassava cake, crack an egg,
give it a mix
and pour it into a bowl.
Do the same with another egg.
Add the coconut milk,
the coconut cream
and ordinary milk.
Add vegetable oil,
and grate the cassava
and add that to the bowl, too.
Grated cheese next
and give it all a really good mix.
Oil a baking tin
and tip the mixture inside.
Sprinkle on more grated cheese,
then ask a grown-up to put it in the oven for you.
Carefully chop up any fruit you like...
..so you can serve it with your cassava cake.
Now, there's just enough time for Reese to get the table ready
so she can share her very special Filipino cake with her friends.
-This looks amazing.
-Yes, it does.
-That's my friends!
Aw, well done, Reese, your table looks really good.
-Hello. Come in.
-Everyone's washed their hands and is ready to eat.
Wow, this is amazing.
This must've taken you ages, Reese.
I like how you made the shapes of the fruit.
This is banana leaf.
A banana leaf is from the Philippines
and we are going to put our food onto it.
Is Filipino food your favourite?
Here comes my mum with the food.
-Ah, thanks, Mum!
Here's your cassava cake. It looks really nice.
-That looks good.
Wow, just look at that.
It looks golden brown and delicious now that it's cooked
and the fruit decoration makes it look very, very special.
And you can see, look, the cheese has all melted.
Do you remember when they first tasted cassava?
Nobody was very keen on it.
Do you think they'll change their minds
when they taste Reese's cassava cake? Let's hope so.
-The flavour and the texture's really nice.
-Tastes really good.
So, guys, do you know what the special ingredient is?
-Correct. Did you like it?
-What a great result.
Well done, Reese, it looks like they do like the taste of cassava
when it's cooked in your cassava cake.
Thank you for coming to my world kitchen.
Cassava cake is a very popular dessert in the Philippines, so Reese is making a very special version for her friends to try when they come to visit. Reese's family come from the Philippines and this recipe is a family favourite. This is a cake that has lots of savoury ingredients such as cheddar cheese and cassava but also includes sweet flavours such as condensed milk and coconut cream. Cassava is a root vegetable and tastes very different when it is eaten on its own, so Reese is hoping her friends will like the taste of it when they taste it in her cake. She's even preparing some delicious fruit to serve alongside it.