They're a perfect pair: tablea tsokolate and ensaimadas.
Tablea tsokolate is the native hot chocolate in the Philippines made from cacao grown locally. The Spanish colonizers introduced the enjoyment of this hot cup of delight during breakfast centuries ago. And thanks to my Mom (and hundreds of years since), that enjoyment has reached my breakfast table! Ha-ha-ha!
She patiently ground with a beater (batidor) that raw chocolate in tablet form (tablea) in hot milk in her copper pot, and just added little sugar. And tadah! Tablea tsokolate!
And then came the ensaimadas!
The Spanish colonizers also brought the recipe for these yummy ensaimadas (gotta love those colonizers!) into the Philippine archipelago. I remember my Mom baking her very own ensaimadas when I was little. But now that she's tired of kneading dough, she'd rather enjoy the ensaimadas given by titas and friends.
And so, muchas gracias a colonizadores españoles, I enjoyed today a breakfast treat that has been enjoyed and loved by most Filipinos over the centuries.
Tablea tsokolate and ensaimadas!