Hantak is a native biscuit made and served mostly for special occasions e.g. weddings. It resembles a pretzel and is glazed with sugar. It can be made sweet or salty depending on one’s preference. My neighbor was kind enough to show me how it’s done so you can see for yourselves. This recipe yields around 250 pieces of Hantak. The name, by the way, means something like “dumped” in the Tausug dialect because the dough is dumped onto the table as a kneading method. If you don’t want to make this many biscuits, simply divide the ingredients to the desired measurements. For example, if you want to make just half of the recipe, divide all the ingredients into half. Easy, huh?
1 kilo flour (you can use all-purpose but here, 3rd-class flour was used)
1/2 cup sugar
100g STAR margarine (the regular kind)
3/4 cup water
Oil for frying
1. Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl until well integrated. The color will be yellow and will form into a ball.
2. Knead the dough in a push-away motion. Fold the farther end of the dough over and knead again. Do this until the dough looks like on the picture below when cut. Today, you can use an electric appliance to make the dough. The length of time to make it depends on the amount of your ingredients. This recipe takes more than 10 minutes for the dough to look like this:
3. Once the dough is ready, cut it into slices above and flatten each with a pasta maker or a . It should be this thick only:
4. Slice the flattened dough into half-inch thick strips that are 2.5 to 3 inches long. (see above pic).
5. This is the fun part: twist each strip like so:
and join the ends together to form a teardrop-shaped pretzel:
Do this with the rest of the dough to make twice this many:
6. Deep fry in oil on medium high. You don’t want your biscuits to brown too soon and have a “burnt” taste.
Deep fry until .
7. Now it’s time to glaze. In a clean pan, heat the (white) sugar until completely melted. Add the biscuits and quickly cover with melted sugar because the sugar dries up pretty quickly.
When finished, it should look like this. This cooks for about 5-7 minutes. Be sure not to leave it cooking when you glaze. Constantly mix the the mixture to evenly coat the biscuits.
This is how it looks like when you’re done glazing.