Dessert Comes First

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Baking With Janice de Belen

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Actress and host Janice de Belen has been a longtime reader of Dessert Comes First – “It was Gelli [her sister-actress] actually, who introduced me to your website,” she says when we finally meet. It took months to get me on Janice’s cooking show, SPOON, partly because I was busy with the book.

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Being here reminds me of my newscaster days…

On the day of the shoot, Manila was a water world when I finally made it to Eagle Broadcasting Studio in Quezon City. Inside however, the weather didn’t matter: the studio lights shone like the sun and there was a crispness to the (air-conditioned) air softened by the perfume of the sweets baking in the oven. “It smells like a bakeshop in here!” Was the oft-mentioned comment by the production crew.

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Prepping before taping: Me and Janice in her curlers. Thanks to SPOON’s Executive Producer, Kaye Bravo (@kaye_12), for her photo.
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Janice, hamming it up with my Condensed Milk Cake right before taping began.

Janice was unbelievably down to earth: interesting and interested in her guests. Straight out of make-up, she helped me prep the ingredients for three of my recipes that we were going to bake on the show: ChocNut-Queso de Bola Cheesecake, Condensed Milk Cake with Malted Milk Crumble, (both in my book) and Salted Chocolate Cookies.

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Scattering salt on sweets.

Because we got along well, the 2-hour taping whizzed by with plenty of tsismis exchanged in between takes. Janice had fun garnishing the cheesecake with the ChocNut ganache and we giggled like schoolgirls when scattering the malted milk crumble on the cake. It was fun!

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Thanks too, Janice!

I’m thrilled that Janice liked the desserts we made – “My description for your cheesecake can’t be said on-cam,” she whispered to me – and most of all, I’m ecstatic that she loves my book.

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Thanks to @charleybraga for her photo! Click here to enlarge.

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16 Responses to “Baking With Janice de Belen”

  • Lori, I’m thrilled to announce that my first attempt at making your Chocnut Queso de Bola Cheesecake was a success! We caught the show yesterday with you and Janice de Belen making this and it looked sooooooo intriguing, I just had to make it today. I followed everything to the letter (I love how your instructions are so detailed!) but had to make two substitutions: crushed grahams for Marie biscuits, and grated romano for Q de B. I know, I know, I wanted to use Queso be bola but my cream cheese batter was already ready and I thought the Q de B from last Christmas was still somewhere in my fridge. Anyway, I decided that some romano cheese should provide enough of a savory counterpoint to the Chocnut ganache.

    Served it after dinner and got two thumbs up from the hubby and the only daughter. (My Bill and my Lou? Hehe, sorry, couldn’t help it ;-D )

    Thank you for sharing this awesome recipe in your even more awesome cookbook.

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    Lori Reply:


    Hi Nina,
    So happy to hear that the cheesecake was a success for you! It’s really why my recipes are so detailed and long. And Romano cheese, huh — Pecorino? WOW :) I’m sure it must’ve been exquisite. Thanks very much for commenting. I know you told me you’re not really a baker but clearly, you might be one in the making. And my, that’s one nice photo of your cheesecake.

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  • OMG! OMG! I’m so excited! I had my brother buy me a copy and send it over to California! Hahah!

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    Lori Reply:


    Hi Sigh,
    I’m impressed! Hope the book got to you alright. Let me know what you think of it.

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    sigh Reply:

    I don’t have it yet! But I’m sure it will be awesome!

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  • did she ask for your autograph?

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    Lori Reply:


    jay P – You funny guy :p

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  • i’m a fan of your blog and also a fan of janice de belen’s cooking show… who knew the stars would align and make the two of you meet?

    i watched the show and it was one of the best episodes ever. kudos to both of you!

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  • I wonder where I can watch a replay of this? Sad that I missed it!

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    Lori Reply:


    Hi Nikki,
    I taped it but am still converting it into a web-friendly format. Will let you know once it’s up.

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  • I watched the Sat. replay! I couldn’t see the whole thing because I had to leave for a meeting, but I enjoyed the part I saw — you’re really a natural for the camera, Lori. :-) And that Chocnut-QdB cheesecake is the first thing I’ll ask my sister to bake from your book! (She owes me for lugging both of our cookbooks around at your launch. ;-))

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    Lori Reply:


    Hi Katrina –
    Thanks for making the effort to watch the episode.

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  • thank you for making me a part of your blog!! hope to see you again soon!!

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  • I saw the replay twice! :) can ‘t wait to get a copy of your book. Does it come with a free DCF apron? I soooo much love it! :)

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  • Hi Chef!
    I just watched this episode last sunday and I want to make the cheesecake too. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to watch the start. Would you mind if I can ask a copy of this recipe so I can make it at home too?

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    Lori Reply:


    Hi Allan-
    Recipe is in my book, Dessert Comes First, available at all Fully Booked stores and on Amazon.

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