Polvorones – Old-Fashioned “Dusty” Treats

Polvorones – Old-Fashioned “Dusty” Treats

Old-fashioned polvorones are enjoyed year-round both in Spain and Mexico, but become ubiquitous during the Christmas season, when batches of hundreds of the dusty and dusted sugary treats, are prepared in convents and bakeries.   Some modern recipes call for vegetable shortening instead of lard, a good choice for vegan regimes.  I offer the traditional recipe with lard, scaled down to a small batch, convenient to make at home ... click on title for more

Puff Pastry – Orejas and Abanicos

Puff Pastry – Orejas and Abanicos

In Mexico, these sweet confections are called orejas and abanicos, which translate literally as  "ears" and "fans" from Spanish.  As many sweet breads, they came from Europe, and although some recipes have changed to adapt to Mexican ingredients and taste, in this case, the basic recipe is practically identical everywhere, requiring only two ingredients: puff pastry (pasta de hojaldre), and sugar ... click on title for more