A Holiday Menu from Jalisco

A Holiday Menu from Jalisco

One of my nieces and her husband live in Guadalajara, capital city of the Mexican state of Jalisco.  She just shared with me a photo of their Christmas tree, all decorated with Mexican crafts. Here in Canada, the government has issued an advisory against international travelling, due to COVID19, so no hope for me to join them, but I wanted to imagine how it would be to plan a holiday menu to go with my niece's decorations ... 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