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My sister and the Artist-in-Residence and I follow an heirloom recipe for polvoron so rich in butter that if you drop one from a height of 2-feet, it won't crumble. We arrived at this figure through repeated tests.

Shaping polvoron could well have been my first experience of entering a meditative state of mind. But I never enjoyed wrapping them individually. In our house the polvoron is stacked in a pyramid on a cheese plate and consumed on-the-spot. I also used to get blisters from packing the heavenly powder in so tightly.

We need a good pair of molds. Not the cheap, tinsel-like stuff you can get these days. When I was a kid we had an old pair of polvoron shapers made of copper. I wonder if we'll ever find polvoron molds like that again.

Wishful thinking on a Monday morning.


Babeth Lolarga said…
the sister who comes after me was a nutrition major on her first year in college before she shifted to the family "business" of psychology (to understand family members' topak). she used to have a little polvoron business. it didn't thrive because assistants like me would pack the mold, then press that thingy & the contents fell directly in our mouths. my polvoron memories are pleasant, too.

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