The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe – Pandemic and Hope

The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe – Pandemic and Hope

Year after year, uninterrupted since the 16th century, many devout people have visited the site of Our Lady of Guadalupe apparitions, coming from all corners of Mexico, Latin America, and the world, just to see the image of the Virgin, now inside the New Basilica. Last year, due to the COVID19 pandemic, the site had very limited access to the public; this year, it has been announced that the Sanctuary will again be open, to continue the centuries-old tradition ... click on title for more

Polvorones – Sweet Bread

Polvorones – Sweet Bread

These polvorones are commonly produced in bakeries, and are considered a type of pan dulce (Mexican sweet bread), starting with a versatile dough that may be then flavoured and shaped using different techniques. The oldest recipes always call for lard, but more contemporary ones may use vegetable shortening, butter, margarine, or mixes.  My recipe includes a half/half mixture of butter and non-hydrogenated margarine, and I chose two kinds of log slices for this post: orange flavoured circles, and tricoloured triangles ... click on title for more

Polvorones de Nuez – Dusty Cookies with Nuts

Polvorones de Nuez – Dusty Cookies with Nuts

Probably some of the best known Mexican cookies, these bite-size treats are similar to shortbread, with a generous amount of nuts inside. They are often called "Mexican Wedding Cookies", although giving them out as wedding favours is a tradition that mostly takes place in Northern Mexico and the Southern United States. In the rest of Mexico, they are known as polvorones de nuez - dusty cookies with nuts, an everyday treat, even sold in small packages at convenience stores and supermarkets; however, they may become extraordinary in the ordinary, when their dusty, snow-like tops, turn them into prodigious treats to share  during the Christmas season. ... click on title for more  

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