I baked Sans Rival for Ate Gina and her husband Kuya Butch for their birthdays, Dec 15 and 19. It's their most favorite pastry in the entire world! Ate sent me a text message: "It was really delicious, we all liked it!"
I used to be so intimidated with the thought of baking Sans Rival ... but I discovered it was so easy!!! The secret is GLAD Bake (a very useful tip from Tita Letty Alonzo, mom of Mayette) ... it's a non stick paper... the wafers really just slid off .
Sans Rival (adapted from The Maya Kitchen Cookbook)
1 1/2 C. Butter, unsalted
9 egg yolks
1 1/2 C. white sugar
1/2 C. water
1 C. cashew, roasted and chopped coarsely
Boil sugar and water until thread-like in consistency. Beat egg yolks until lemon colored. Add syrup, continue beating until smooth. Set aside and cool completely.
Cream butter until fluffy, add in egg yolk mixture. Beat until creamy, about 1 minute. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Place one meringue wafer onto a platter. Spread buttercream and top with another wafer. Repeat procedure for the remaining wafers and cream. Frost all over and generously sprinkle with chopped roasted cashew. Freeze over night before serving.