Kababayan is a type of sweet bread popular in the Philippines, muffin like in preparation and texture this perhaps is its most simplest version as its only made with just eggs, sugar, milk and flour

In Philippines not everyone owns an oven, in fact oven ownership is so low bakeries called panaderia are very popular, every village corner will have it and it is busy specially during the mornings and in the afternoon due to breakfast pandesals and merienda.

In where I grew up in Project 8, Quezon City there are at least two bakeries near our house, and almost every day we buy our bread from them, fresh pandesals with Kraft Eden Cheese or Reno Liver spread are one of my growing up food. During the afternoons my mom always ask me to buy merienda for us as well as the builders who were constantly renovating our home, there are a lot of options like pan de coco, Spanish bread, ensaymada, monay, putok, cheese bread, kalihim and our post today the Kababayan.

Every Filipino who grew up in the Philippines would know these baked goods, it’s so inexpensive (Php 0.25 to Php 0.50 each during the late 80’s to 90’s), very filling and some of them were really good, most of the ones I listed are my favourites apart from the monay and putok which is too dense for my liking.

Here in New Zealand there are some Filipino bakeries, some are legitimate and some home businesses, while they are nearly the same as the one in the Philippines, it is not exactly like it, it’s not as airy, it’s not as soft and not as fresh, it just don’t taste and feels exactly the same plus they are expensive as well, but we have no choice, unless you know how to make this by heart then you have no luck but be stuck in buying them. So, my goal is hopefully help those who are outside the Philippines to be able to make it at home, the easiest way possible, so for my share today here is a recipe of kababayan, one of the easiest Filipino bread to make, the Filipino style muffins.

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Kababayan 2


  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Yield: 12 pcs 1x
  • Cuisine: Filipino


Kababayan is a type of sweet bread popular in the Philippines, muffin like in preparation and texture this perhaps is its most simplest version as its only made with just eggs, sugar, milk and flour


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • sugar for sprinkling


  1. In a bowl sift together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt
  2. In another bowl whisk together eggs, milk, vegetable oil and vanilla.
  3. Combine dry and wet ingredients together by gently whisking it together.
  4. Prepare a non-stick muffin pans, and fill each section until half full.
  5. Bake in a 180C preheated oven for 15 minutes or until top is golden brown.
  6. Remove from oven, brush top with melted butter, remove them from muffin pans and let it cool in wire racks.



4 Responses

  1. mjskit says:

    I’d love to have a couple of these for butter and jam right now.

  2. suituapui says:

    It’s kueh bahulu in Malay and the Foochow (Chinese) version here is called lung ngor. I love this.

  3. Miss Ai says:

    This is amazing, thank you for sharing! How many calories does this have?

  4. Haze says:

    Tried it and it didn’t taste the same. Less creamy and sweet, a bit saltier. My mom was craving to taste some so I followed your instruction to the tee. The kababayan from when I tasted it last was denser this is more muffinish. The shape of the original one was like a sombrero or native hat. But hey it’s freshly baked.

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