This recipe is one of the popular Filipino bean filled pastry originally introduced by Fujianese immigrants in urban centres of the Philippines around the start of the American civil occupation. Hopia is widely-available inexpensive treat and a favoured gift for friends and relatives. There are many version of hopia depending on the filling used, but the most most popular flaky hopia is Hopiang mungo and as its name implies, is filled with sweet split mung bean paste. Others like hopiand baboy is filled with a bread crumb paste studded with candied winter melon, flavoured with green onions and enriched with candied pork backfat which originally gave it its name. On the other hand, hoping ube is filled with Ube, the purple yam paste, that become a clear favorite among Filipinos necessitating its availability the whole year round. However, the recipe we have here is the hopia monggo that uses monggo as the filling. Made flavorful using other ingredients such as ube and sugar. Its crust is made from all-purpose flour, water, corn syrup, and pork lard. Give this recipe a try and experience its creamy, sweet and delicious taste!
For the Dough:
- 2 1/4 cups White King all purpose flour, sifted
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 1/2 tbsp. corn syrup
- 1/2 cup pork lard
- 1 cup White King all purpose flour, sifted
- 1/2 cup pork lard
For the Filling:
- 2 cups munggo, cooked, mashed and strained
- 2 cups ube, boiled and mashed
- 1 cup sugar
How To Cook Hopia Monggo:
- Sift all purpose flour in a large mixing bowl; make a well in the center and add the water, sugar and corn syrup. Add pork lard and mix with wooden spoon just to incorporate ingredients with the flour. Do not overmix.
- Form dough into a ball, cover with cloth and set aside for 30 minutes. In a bowl, mix together 1 cup all-purpose flour and 1/2 cup pork lard until a homogenous paste is formed.
- On a lightly floured board or surface, roll out dough ball with a rolling pin to form a rectangular 1-inch thick. With a spatula, spread the paste evenly over the rectangular dough so that the paste covers two thirds of the surface of the rectangular. Fold the uncovered portion over the center and fold the remaining 1/3 over the first. Fold to make three layers of the dough with the paste in between each layer. Roll our folded dough to its original size and repeat folding process without the paste.
- Roll out the dough once more and fold for the third time. Allow to rest for 5 minutes. Roll out the dough to its original size. Cut sheet of dough lengthwise into two equal portions. roll each portion jelly roll fashion and cut into 12 equal pieces. Flatten each piece and roll out with rolling pin to form a circular piece. Put about a tablespoon of the munggo or ube-sugar filling at the center and bring up the sides to top center. Seal tightly.
- Press top lightly to flatten. Place filled pieces on ungreased baking sheetlined with brown paper. Brush top with egg or milk diluted with a little water. Prick surface with a little tines of fork to let out steam.
- Bake in a preheated oven at 400F for 25-30 minutes or until slightly golden brown.
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