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Piaya (sugar filled flat bread with sesame seeds)

Updated on October 10, 2014

Piaya, one of Bacolod City's favorite pastries.

I've been missing the Philippines, especially my hometown, Bacolod City. I miss my family, friends and relatives and not to forget the delicious sweets my hometown most famous of, the Piaya!

Piaya is one of our native delicacies in Bacolod. It is also one of our favorite snacks or desserts. Piaya is made of flour, raw sugar, butter and sesame seeds. I enjoy this delicacy during my leisure time in the afternoon sipping my favorite tea.

The only time I can have a savor of these pastries is when some friends will bring these back after their visit from the Philippines. It is a Filipino tradition to bring back something to friends every time we return from our visit to our native land. We called it "Pasalubong" or a gift. It seems that I don't have any friends visiting the Philippines at present, and I am craving for this delicacy. I have to make it from scratch myself.

I have the opportunity to make Piaya few days ago. I took few pictures in case I would like to make a page of this on Squidoo. It turned out the way I wanted, now it's time to share my recipe to everyone. I hope you can find time to experiment this recipe and try it yourself. It is always exciting to try new things. Good luck!

Mix flour, butter and water and form into dough....

Divide dough unto 12 equal parts. Flatten dough and put sugar in the middle and seal.

Seal the dough

Seal the dough and form it into a ball and roll it into sesame seeds, then flatten it using clean hands or rolling pin...

Cook in low heat

Flatten dough with your hands or rolling pin...and cook in low heat...

No non-stick flat pan?

If you don't have a non-stick flat pan, you can use your regular stainless steel pan instead, it will work as well.

2 cups flour

1/4 cup butter

1/4 cup water

1 1/2 cups muscovado sugar (I use brown sugar instead)

sesame seeds


Combine flour, butter and water. Form into a dough. Divide dough in to 12 equal pieces, roll until flat. Put enough amount of raw sugar in the middle and seal. Form into a ball, roll into sesame seeds and press again with a rolling pin until it becomes very flat. Cook in a non-stick flat pan in a very low heat until it turns light brown.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: Approximately 2 hours

Serves: 12 pcs.

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      Blackspaniel1 2 years ago

      Just looking at the images makes you want to eat these.

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      Anna 3 years ago from chichester

      These look gorgeous! I'm going to have a go at making them tomorrow, all your recipes are fantastic!

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Wow!! I'm going to try these they look sooo delicious!! Thanks for a great recipe :)

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      These look so yummy and easy to make. I love your recipes.

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      I wish if I could buy it here! Lovely lens :)

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      Erin Mellor 4 years ago from Europe

      That looks great, I'll give it a go.

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      ConvenientCalendar 4 years ago

      Great lens! Great recipe!

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Each time we go to Bacolod, we buy piaya.

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      renewedfaith2day 4 years ago

      They are so good.

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      Hal Gall 4 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      These look very tasty!

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      This is a perfect recipe for morning and evening meal. My mom makes like this but not same at all. Blessed!

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      onyesvic 5 years ago

      Great lens

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      mistaben 5 years ago

      Looks tasty =)

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      Deborah Carr 5 years ago from Orange County, California

      Piaya looks delicious! Thanks!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Looks yummy. I think I want to come to your hose to :)

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      LornsA178 5 years ago

      @sebo246: No, I just put sugar, it might not be bad to put cinnamon. I might try putting it next time. With sesame - sugar combination, it is already good. Thanks for your visit.

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      sebo246 5 years ago

      That looks really good! Do you ever put spices in with the sugar?

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      These look very yummy! I'm going to have to try making these! Blessed!

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      AnthonySC 5 years ago

      Me and my family are planning to a have a vacation in Boracay Island and I want to try this Filipino food. It looks great and delicious.

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Looks delicious - pinned to my Cooking and Foods board.

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      LornsA178 5 years ago

      Thanks guys!

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      queenofduvetcover 5 years ago

      Looks yummy, can't wait to try one!

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      This is such a delicious treat ... I've had it a couple of times. Haven't yet tried to make it ... good to have the recipe.

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      rainbowbutterfl1 5 years ago

      Oh, Piaya is one of my most favorite delicacies. In the bus terminal , them peddlers will politely offer you their yummy piaya...:)

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      Mozaika 5 years ago

      Your food lenses are so delicious!!! Thank you for sharing these wonderful recipes!