When I see some bibingka it reminds me about Christmas, it is because this type of rice cake is usually sold outside the churches during “Simbang Gabi” (a nine-day mass ritual before Christmas eve that happens very early in the morning) and “Misa de Gallo” (Christmas eves mass). Bibingka is made out of rice flour and coconut milk cooked in a clay pot lined with banana leaf over a charcoal heat placed on the bottom and on the top. A very soft type of cake that is lightly charred with a very pleasant banana leaf smell. It is then topped with salted duck eggs, margarine and grated coconut.
I know Christmas is long way gone but definitely there’s no one stopping me to bake this Filipino Christmas favourite which I highly suggest you should try. Though it is not cooked in the traditional manner of using charcoals and terracotta pots this is the next best thing, just remember to use a banana leaf lining as that gives it that unique flavour.