Dessert Comes First

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Christmas Gift List Purveyor #6: Tina Diaz of Taza Platito

posted by in Food Purveyors, Home Bakers, Quezon City

Tina is special to me because we started our food careers at the same magazine and as a food writer, I’ve gone on to write about her illustrious desserts.

Tina already had her dessert business Taza Platito when we were both contributing to FOOD magazine (ABS-CBN Publishing) some years ago. She was and still is a legend for her Double Chocolate Chip Fallen Cupcakes and her brownies, truly some of the best I’ve had the honor of sinking my teeth into.

Moist and memorable Date & Walnut Cake

I ordered Tina’s Date & Walnut Cake for my dad’s birthday this year. He’s not big on sweets but this cake he loved and it’s his favorite cake right now. As Tina’s riff on Sticky Toffee Pudding, this is a date cake that’s almost painfully moist, its texture matching that of the softened dates. The walnuts are a welcome contrast and the subtle note of spice conveyed in the cake lingers like the happy thought that this cake leaves you with.

At a recent photo shoot, someone took a picture of me (see last picture of that post) staring dreamily at Tina’s Banana Cream Pie. Initially, it looks like a chocolate pie of sorts with its crunchy Oreo cookie crust. But prod and pry to uncover a bounty of sliced bananas nestled in layers of vanilla cream all luxuriating on a lounge of chocolate ganache. Unlike other pies of this sort where a single component sings out of sync, all elements fit seamlessly here. And those fanciful rosettes? They’re swirls of dulce de leche cream.

One thing I admire in Tina is her selection of desserts that showcase Philippine ingredients. Her Pastillas de Leche Cake is remarkable as is her Tsokolate (Tablea) Cake. At the Dessert Comes First Christmas Gift List, Tina’s decided to highlight her Yema Torte, a truly sophisticated play on that traditional Philippine sweet made with egg yolks and sugar. Here, the yema does double duty: as the filling in between layers of meringue and as a burnished glace, a gleaming custard mirror hinting at the pleasures lying beneath its sheath. The dessert is evocative of sans rival, yet another treasured local confection and it’s similar, but this one’s more luxurious because of the yema.

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Taza Platito
12-A Scout Tobias corner Fr. Martinez Streets, Diliman, Quezon City
(02) 373.2732 / 0922 800.1368
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12 Responses to “Christmas Gift List Purveyor #6: Tina Diaz of Taza Platito”

  • aaaaah…bakit ang tagal pa ng oct 29 at nov 12?! hehe :)

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    Aina L. Reply:

    Hahahaha! Meanwhile, I am strategizing na how to get tickets ng maaga and how to afford all I want.

    So nervous!

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  • Can’t wait to try the Yema Torte! Seems like it’s up a notch from the typical sans rival.

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    Lori Reply:

    Jean,
    I’ve noticed that you’ve commented on every purveyor’s feature. Excellent! I like your enthusiasm. :)

    –lori

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  • I love Taza Platito!

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  • Saw this after a fulfilling dinner. Perfect timing ’cause we didn’t have dessert. ^_^

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  • OH Lori, it kills me that I can’t rebook my flight back to Manila just to attend your event. My absolute all-time fave is banana cream pie so I am so devastated that I can’t try Tina’s version of it. My hubby, sensing my frustration, promised to drive me all the way to Diliman to order Tina’s BCP! I can’t wait…

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    Lori Reply:

    I appreciate your effort. Even if you can’t make it to the event, at least you can order Tina’s banana cream pie in the future.

    –lori

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  • Yema is LOVE. That torte is one of the items in your event that I anticipate the most!

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  • Hi Lori! I ordered the yema torte from Tina last weekend. Ang saraaap!! Excellent combination of yema and meringue! And it’s not nakakaumay. An aunt has already announced that the yema torte is her contribution to our family Christmas potluck lunch this year :-)

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    Lori Reply:

    Glad you liked it! And your Christmas table will be extra special indeed with the addition of that torte.

    –lori

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  • Saw it, tasted it, now my bf wants their yema torte as his birthday cake next year :)

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