Timpla

How A Buko Pie Is Made

Lori BaltazarTimpla's Lori got special permission to discover the buko pie process

Colette's Buko Pie at Pasalubong in San Pablo City, Laguna is a popular stop for both tourists and locals. Colette's is an institution as far as native sweets and buko pies are concerned. Their stores are dotted all across Luzon, especially in tourist-heavy places like Tagaytay where every few hundred meters boasts of a Colette's. But San Pablo City is Colette's headquarters and it's said that this is where the freshest and best pies are to be bought or eaten at site fresh out of the oven.  This is their main branch, where in 1989, Colette's buko pie business began, utilizing the abundance of coconuts in Laguna. Though there were already several stores selling the same product in the province, Colette's would be the first in San Pablo City.

Lori BaltazarWhere it all begins: the headquarters at San Pablo

I have to get special permission to take photos inside the commissary. Dong, the supervisor, is a friendly man who is our tour guide for the few minutes we're there. The space is about as large as other professional bakeries I've seen. Subdivided into three, there's a room for the hacking open of the bukos and scraping out the meat; a place for mixing and rolling of the pie crusts; and a section for filling the pies, making the lattice crusts, and packaging.

Lori BaltazarWhat surprise ingredient is used to get that special flavor for the crust?

You can see from the pale color of the dough that the crusts are made primarily from shortening. Of course butter would tint it a muted yellow and impart its unique flavor, but shortening is sufficient for flakiness as well as to cut costs. Plus, nothing can beat the old fashioned style of pie crusts made from shortening.

Lori BaltazarThe dough is divided into a lattice pattern for a peek-a-boo effect

Lori BaltazarHow are the lattices formed? With a "lattice maker"

Each crust is roughly nine inches in diameter. The dough is divided into those that are for the lattice crusts (seen in foreground), and those that are made for a peek-a-boo top crust (upper left corner). I especially like the nifty, steel flat plate used to make it. It certainly beats cutting out those little squares one by one with a cookie cutter.

Lori BaltazarEach pie is layered with buko meat and custard

Each buko pie consists of a custard filling which comes out of a large spout, and is interspersed with layers of succulent buko meat. A top crust is then added on. It's neither hot nor cool inside the commissary, but what surprises me is how there's no smell of pie in the air.

Lori BaltazarColette’s began in 1989, utilizing the abundance of coconuts in Laguna

Buko doesn't really emit an aroma when it bakes but already, my mouth is beginning to water and I can't wait to sink my teeth into a slice. It's all I can do to restrain myself from grabbing one of the pies that are being packaged and wolfing it down.

Lori BaltazarThe Buko Supreme Pie uses a streusel crust, similar to apple pie crust

The pie pictured above is Colette's newest offering, the Buko Supreme Pie. The traditional top crust is replaced by a streusel, similar to that used in apple pie. Streusel is a crumbly topping made from butter, flour and sugar. This pie is just minutes out of the oven. Still warm, the custard oozes into my mouth with enough bite coming from the crust and lots of lush buko meat. Speckles of sugar dance on my tongue, while stray crumbs of crust stick to my lips. This is a pie that must be eaten without fork and saucer, all you need are your fingers and gaping mouth. Damn good pie!

Lori Baltazar is the whiz behind the popular food blog, Dessert Comes First. Looking for more tasty Timpla articles by Lori? Find them here!

Editor's Note: Are the best buko pies from Laguna? Tell us where you find your favorite places for buko pies?

Loading...

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • ‘Next leader must not be newbie’
    ‘Next leader must not be newbie’

    Vice President Jejomar Binay believes the next president of the Philippines must have vast experience and a long track record in governance and in dealing with crises. “I am very much convinced that the local government is the best training ground for those who want to run for national government positions,” he said. Binay said he is determined to run for president in 2016 on the strength of his competence and track record. …

  • Massacre suspect tests negative for poisoning
    Massacre suspect tests negative for poisoning

    A suspect in the Maguindanao massacre case who had been examined at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) tested negative for poisoning, medical records released yesterday showed. However, the Quezon City court handling the multiple murder case resolved to isolate Police Officer 1 Pia Kamidon from the rest of the accused detained at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig for his safety. In a two-page order, Regional Trial Court Branch 221 assisting Judge Genie Gapas-Agbada ordered jail officials to …

  • ‘Homework first before Facebook’
    ‘Homework first before Facebook’

    President Aquino elicited laughter from students here as he reminded them to open books first before Facebook. “Finish your assignments first before making a raid in the Clash of Clans,” Aquino said, referring to a popular online game. In a speech during the turnover yesterday of two new three-story buildings at the Tarlac National High School, he said the government could only provide opportunities for learning but the rest of the work would be up to the students. The new school buildings …

  • Espina resignation confirmed; Noy looks for replacement
    Espina resignation confirmed; Noy looks for replacement

    President Aquino ended speculations yesterday and confirmed that Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina had indeed resigned as officer-in-charge of the Philippine National Police. As of this time, we are conducting various interviews and checks on the various candidates,” Aquino told reporters at the Tarlac National High School in Tarlac City. Aquino had kind words for Espina, saying that he stood by and defended the 44 slain police Special Action Force (SAF) commandos in the operation in …

  • Palace welcomes G7 concern over sea reclamation
    Palace welcomes G7 concern over sea reclamation

    President Aquino welcomed yesterday the Group of Seven industrialized countries’ expression of concern over rising tension in the West Philippine Sea and South China Sea, calling it a clear indication of the global scope of the problem ramped up by China’s massive reclamation activities in disputed waters. In Tarlac City where he led the turnover of new classrooms, Aquino told reporters that goodwill and not tension must prevail in the West Philippine Sea and South China Sea, where territorial …

  • DepEd, TESDA tie up for K to 12
    DepEd, TESDA tie up for K to 12

    The Department of Education (DepEd) has partnered with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in the first two years of implementation of the K to 12 program. “We will use TESDA centers as technical-vocational laboratories for senior high school,” DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro said during the inauguration of 30 new classrooms at the Tarlac National High School yesterday. The classrooms were constructed in partnership with the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. …

  • SE Asia Stocks-Philippine falls on foreign selling; others flat to weaker

    BANGKOK, April 17 (Reuters) - Southeast Asian stock markets ended flat to weaker on Friday as Philippine stocks slid on selling led by foreign funds and Singapore shares extended losses with investors ... …

  • Philippine Airlines parent says back in black
    Philippine Airlines parent says back in black

    Philippine Airlines' parent firm said it had returned to profitability, the first time in three years either entity reported being in the black for an entire year. In a filing with the Philippine Stock Exchange Thursday, PAL Holdings reported an after-tax net profit of 129.74 million pesos ($2.93 million) in its fiscal year to December 31. …

POLL

Should Aquino be held accountable over the Mamasapano operations?

Loading...
Poll Choice Options