There’s a new dessert that is slowly becoming synonymous to Cagayan de Oro… Pineapple Crumble by Mercedes Breads and Cakes.
This Brown Betty is a family recipe made into perfection by Arthur Daniel P. Mejia. It all began when his mom who is really good in baking made a pineapple pie during her birthday last year. Daniel finds his mom’s pineapple pie really good that he was inspired to remake it. Eventually, he came up with a crumble.
Cagayan de Oro’s Newest Pasalubong
Mercedes’ Pineapple Crumble was introduced to the Kagay-anon market just last December 2013. Since then, it has been crumbling all over the city and even outside Cagayan de Oro. This pie has a buttery crust at the bottom with fresh pineapple (not canned) filling and of course, the crispy crumbs on top. I’m not good with compliments but this one is really good. When I took my first bite, it was love at first taste.
The freshness of the ingredients may be a big factor. Aside from fresh pineapples, this pie is made of home made butter coming from grass fed cattle. Shelf life isn’t bad at all. It can last for four days at room temperature, seven days when refrigerated, and a month when frozen. And it’s best eaten with fresh milk or coffee. This pie can be served hot or cold.
Daniel emphasized that he isn’t a chef nor has undergone culinary workshops. He said that he is just good at eating that eventually transcended into a delicious and popular dessert. A BS Management Accounting graduate at Xavier University, Daniel has no culinary experience. He learned the fundamentals of baking when he started to manage the production unit of their family’s bakery business, the Mercedes Breads and Cakes. Daniel is very happy to share his crumble to all food lovers out there.
From CDO to any point in the Philippines
Mercedes Pineapple Crumble is now available at all Mercedes Breads and Cakes outlets in Cagayan de Oro. It is also available at Laguindingan Airport, Slers Cafe Velez, Chingkeetea, Ababu Persian Kitchen, Dahilayan Forest Park, and Dahilayan Adventure Park. Even Backyard Burger in Davao is already carrying this Kagay-anon product.
Good news! They take orders too. In fact, Patty Laurel of Manila just ordered last Father’s Day.
Why Pineapple? Daniel was born near a Pineapple field in Bukidnon. And this fruit is a universal symbol of hospitality. Once upon a time, European sailors would put pineapples at their porch to let their neighbors know that they had arrived from a long voyage.
So, Cagayan de Oro has something new to be proud of. As the City of Golden Friendship, it would be best if we offer our guests with this pineapple crumble as a symbol of our warm hospitality.
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