|Barquiron — mix of barquillos and pulvoron|
one of my favorite picture books as a child was “hansel and gretel.” i loved the idea of a house made of cake, candy and other sweets — minus cannibalistic witch, of course. well, i never had a house made of sweets, but i did spend a good chunk of my early childhood in a house full of sweets 🙂 i’m referring to the old house in sta. rita.
that’s where my dad grew up, raised by an aunt of his. lola bibang was a very good cook. she also had a business making sweets such as macaroons, pastillas, barquillos and turones de casoy, so she always had treats stashed somewhere in the pantry. (she also made oblia, the wafer host for communion, and my cousin, who ended up going to the seminary but eventually decided against becoming a priest, used to line us up and make us take communion with the untrimmed wafers.)
i especially enjoyed the barquillos. they were usually served with homemade ice cream. but i also liked them without anything else. i would stick them on my fingers and pretend they were long nails before chomping on them. they were kinda messy to eat because they would crumble all over my shirt. when i was a kid i was amazed at how my dad always knew when i’ve been ransacking the barquillos stash.
i was trying to find some at the fil-am store the other day, but all i could find are the ones above, which are called barquiron — barquillos/pulvoron. they weren’t very good … possibly because they’re probably a few weeks, if not months, old 😛