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A Sweet Crumbly Treat: Polvorone

6.13.2013

Growing up in a Filipino household, Polvorone was one of my favorite treats. It is a crumbly powdered milk candy made with toasted flour, sugar, butter and powdered milk. In taste and texture, it resembles English shortbread and is akin to France's madeleine for its sweet evocation of youth...

Polvorone made its way to the Philippines by way of the Spanish colonists, and it remains there today in variations that include pinipig (toasted pounded rice), nuts, cocoa powder and chocolate. I remember making classic polvorone with my mom using a small oval shaped mold to shape each piece... it was time consuming but well worth it. You can find countless recipes for polvorone online; one day I'd love to make a chocolate version for my boys.

The polvorones in the photos were sent to me by an old dear friend who bought them from one of the most popular and well respected Filipino bakeries, Goldilocks.


13 comments

  1. Lovely image! I love shortbread, so I bet I would love these treats!

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    1. Definitely Kim! Plus they're not as sweet as shortbread, so you don't feel like you're indulging in a candy/dessert (which then makes it hard to stop at just one :)

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  2. Great image! Shortbread cookies have the perfect mix, not too sweet but serves well to satisfy a sweet tooth. I would love these I'm sure.

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    1. Thank you Mitzi... that's a perfect way to put it! :)

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  3. I have never heard of this but looks yummy

    Mollyxxx

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    1. They sure disappear fast around here! :)

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  4. What gorgeous shots! I love your perspective in that first image :o) Hope you have a wonderful Thursday!

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    1. I appreciate your words so much Elena! Thank you for stopping by + hope your Thursday was wonderful as well :)

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  5. Oh so lovely! they sound absolutely declieux!

    thanks so so much for your sweet words on my blog these past few days. means so very much to me. truly does. xxoo

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    1. It's so my pleasure to read your posts Rebecca... in fact, from you I found out about the violence in Cali (since I stopped watching the news). And I prefer to hear it like that anyway, with a very human (and poetic) perspective - xo

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  6. These look delicious - anything resembling shortbread has got to be pretty good:) Love the light in your pictures and that your friend sent these treats straight from the Philippines! Real treasures.

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  7. I am living the composition of the first photo. Beautiful.

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  8. I bet these would be great with a cup of tea. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo

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