The Polvoron is a sweet combination of lightly toasted flour, milk, sugar and butter. Here is the basic recipe and procedure, but you can make them in different flavors.
What you’ll need:
- 2 cups of all purpose flour
- 1 cup powdered milk
- 1 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup melted butter
- ½ tsp vanilla extract (optional)
Other Things you’ll need:
- mixing bowl
- a flat bottom pan (try not use Teflon coated pans)
- a cookie sheet
- polvoron press or molder (If you do not have one, read through the procedure for your other options)
- colored tissue or cellophane cut into squares for wrapping
What to do:
- Put the pan over medium low fire to heat it up.
- Meanwhile, strain the flour into a bowl. Make sure there are no lumps.
- Then toast the flour onto the pan until it becomes light brown. Stir constantly to even out the toasting and avoid burning. This will take about 15 minutes.
- Remove the pan from the heat and transfer flour onto a bowl. Add the powdered milk and toss until well incorporated.
- Do the same with the sugar. Then add the melted butter (and vanilla extract if you wish) to make the texture crumbly. Let it stand for about 5 minutes to allow the melted butter to cool. You may put it in the fridge while you wait.
- The texture should be crumbly but moldable. Do a sample with the polvoron molder. Fill and pack it tightly with the mixture and press down. The mixture should slide out and stay whole and should not crumble when you pick it up. If it does, add a bit more butter.
- You can use mini cookie cutters and press them with the back of the spoon or use a mini cupcake pan and press it there. Refrigerate for about 10 minutes to let them set and if using cookie cutters, push them out gently. If using a mini cupcake pan, turn it over a cookie sheet and tap slightly to loosen the polvoron.
- You can store them as is in airtight containers OR give them out as treats, favors, or presents for practically any occasion. Carefully wrap them in colored cellophane squares or tissue.
Enhance your polvoron expertise by making them in different flavors. Add these flavors right after you add the sugar.
- Add half a cup of semi crushed rice crispies
- Add half a cup of crushed nuts like cashews, walnuts, hazelnuts or peanuts
Cookies and Crème Polvoron
- Add half a cup of crushed Oreo Cookies
- Add a half cup of powdered Milo
Buco Pandan Polvoron
- Instead of adding half a teaspoon of vanilla extract, add pandan extract and ½ a cup of coconut flakes. I used green colored pandan extract, because I like seeing the little flecks of green in my polvoron mixture
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Written by Donna
With moving to California and having two kids, Donna traded in her city night-owl-running-on-caffeine lifestyle by becoming a suburban domestic deity. She is a special-ed teacher during the daytime, and a juggler of sorts in the evenings and most weekends. If most people find watching TV or shopping relaxing, she on the other hand, finds running, making lists of things to do, trips to the grocery, crafting, and experimenting with new recipes to be fun.
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