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Piaya (Sugar Filled Flat Bread With Sesame Seeds)

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Piaya, one of my favorite Philippine sweets. I learned to make this from my Aunt.


Piaya, one of Bacolod City's favorite pastries.

I've been missing the Philippines, especially my hometown, Bacolod City. I miss my family, friends and relatives and not to forget the delicious sweets my hometown most famous of, the Piaya! I've been craving a lot of our native delicacies too like Barquillos, powdered cookie, utap, to name a few.

Growing up in the City of Smiles, Bacolod, Piaya has been around since forever. When our city was still small and does not have big shopping malls, makers of Piaya were family run home business. It was delicately made by hands. After it was made, some members of the family and their neighbors will sell those from house to house, in the streets, in the park and in the sidewalk downtown. I remember one of my cousins were selling Piaya at the park. The first family business that started Piaya in my knowledge was called Bongbong's. They started their business in their home. They now owned a factory and many branches out of town. Piaya is not made by hands anymore but by mass production to provide the demand of its consumers.

Every time I eat Piaya, I could not help but remember my childhood. It always brings back good memories when I was young and surrounded with friends. We would play outside and we did not feel the heat of the sun. We would run around, play hide and seek, and explore our surrounding. When we get home from a day's adventure, there were snacks ready for us. It would be a delight to all if we see Piaya on the table. Those good old days, were life was so simple. Kids are just happy playing outside with no worries at all.

Piaya is one of our native delicacies in Bacolod City, Philippines. It is also one of our favorite snacks or desserts. Piaya is made out of flour, raw sugar, butter and sesame seeds. It only have few ingredients but it's delicious! I enjoy this delicacy during my leisure time in the afternoon sipping my favorite tea.

The only time I can have a savor of Philippine pastries is when some friends will bring these back after their visit to the Philippines. It is a Filipino tradition to bring back something to friends every time we return from our visit to our native land. We called it "Pasalubong" or a gift. It seems that I don't have any friends visiting the Philippines at present, and I am craving for this delicacy. I have to make it from scratch myself.

I have the opportunity to make Piaya few days ago. I took few pictures in case I would like to make a page about this here. It turned out the way I wanted, now it's time to share my recipe to everyone. I hope you can find time to experiment this recipe and try it yourself. It is always exciting to try new things. Enjoy cooking!



  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 melted cup butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups muscovado sugar (I use brown sugar instead)
  • sesame seeds


  • Combine flour, butter and water.
  • Form into a dough.
  • Divide dough in to 12 equal pieces.
  • Form into a ball and flatten to make it round.
  • Put enough amount of raw sugar in the middle and seal.
  • Roll into sesame seeds and press it with your hands or a rolling pin until it became very flat.
  • Cook in a non-stick flat pan in a very low heat until it turns light brown. Flip it over to cook the other side.

This is good served hot with tea.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

45 min

2 hours

2 hours 45 min


Make a dough and divide it into 12 parts


Flatten a dough and spoon in raw sugar mixed with sesame seeds


Seal the dough and form it into a ball and roll it into sesame seeds, then flatten it using clean hands or rolling pin.


Cook in low heat, flip it over to cook the other side.


This is very easy to make, but it takes time to cook twelve Piaya in low heat. You cannot rush the cooking because it will burn the flour immediately. I learned it from my aunt who taught me how to make this delicacy.

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It's been a long time since I made it. I will be making it again sometime soon.

This article was published 2012. Now it's January 22, 2020.

No non-stick flat pan?


If you don't have a non-stick flat pan, you can use your regular stainless steel pan instead, it will work as well.

Piaya mass production

© 2012 Lorna


Blackspaniel1 on May 17, 2015:

Just looking at the images makes you want to eat these.

Anna from chichester on May 06, 2014:

These look gorgeous! I'm going to have a go at making them tomorrow, all your recipes are fantastic!

Eugene Samuel Monaco from Lakewood New York on March 28, 2014:

Wow!! I'm going to try these they look sooo delicious!! Thanks for a great recipe :)

Shinichi Mine from Tokyo, Japan on November 17, 2013:

These look so yummy and easy to make. I love your recipes.

Takkhis on October 21, 2013:

I wish if I could buy it here! Lovely lens :)

Erin Mellor from Europe on June 22, 2013:

That looks great, I'll give it a go.

ConvenientCalendar on May 15, 2013:

Great lens! Great recipe!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on May 10, 2013:

Each time we go to Bacolod, we buy piaya.

renewedfaith2day on May 03, 2013:

They are so good.

Hal Gall from Bloomington, IN on March 01, 2013:

These look very tasty!

Takkhis on February 02, 2013:

This is a perfect recipe for morning and evening meal. My mom makes like this but not same at all. Blessed!

onyesvic on December 11, 2012:

Great lens

mistaben on December 05, 2012:

Looks tasty =)

Deborah Carr from Orange County, California on November 24, 2012:

Piaya looks delicious! Thanks!

anonymous on November 20, 2012:

Looks yummy. I think I want to come to your hose to :)

Lorna (author) from USA on September 28, 2012:

@sebo246: No, I just put sugar, it might not be bad to put cinnamon. I might try putting it next time. With sesame - sugar combination, it is already good. Thanks for your visit.

sebo246 on September 26, 2012:

That looks really good! Do you ever put spices in with the sugar?

miaponzo on May 24, 2012:

These look very yummy! I'm going to have to try making these! Blessed!

AnthonySC on May 15, 2012:

Me and my family are planning to a have a vacation in Boracay Island and I want to try this Filipino food. It looks great and delicious.

Rose Jones on May 13, 2012:

Looks delicious - pinned to my Cooking and Foods board.

Lorna (author) from USA on May 08, 2012:

Thanks guys!

queenofduvetcover on May 08, 2012:

Looks yummy, can't wait to try one!

julieannbrady on May 07, 2012:

This is such a delicious treat ... I've had it a couple of times. Haven't yet tried to make it ... good to have the recipe.

rainbowbutterfl1 on May 06, 2012:

Oh, Piaya is one of my most favorite delicacies. In the bus terminal , them peddlers will politely offer you their yummy piaya...:)

Mozaika on April 27, 2012:

Your food lenses are so delicious!!! Thank you for sharing these wonderful recipes!

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