Poi Dog Chef Kiki Aranita Guest Recipe: Winter Melon Vinegar & Macadamia Polvoron

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I can't remember how many of these Polvoron I stole during the Gotham Grove collaboration dinner with Poi Dog and Pelago in Philadelphia. Who knew vinegar would be so great in a dessert? Serve these on its own or with ice cream or sorbet like we did during our dinneer. Thank you Kiki for sharing the recipe!  

MAKES 40 mini polvoron pieces


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • A binch of salt
  • 2 cups Nestle Nido powdered milk
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup melted unsalted butter
  • 1.5 cups crushed roasted macadamia nuts
  • 1/3 cup Okolehao (or moonshine or light rum)
  • A little more than a 1/2 cup of Hanega Winter Melon Vinegar
  • 40ish paper mini muffin cups
  • A mini muffin tin
  • A wooden pestle that fits inside the muffin compartments or a full water bottle with cap on
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  1. In a large, very clean, preferably heavy non-stick or cast-iron skillet, toast the flour on medium heat, stirring with a wooden spoon constantly. Toast until light brown, about 20 minutes. Stir to avoid burning the flour and lower the heat if you feel that may happen.
  2. Transfer toasted flour to a large mixing bowl. Let the toasted flour cool and then add a pinch of salt and the granulated sugar.
  3. Add the powdered milk and mix thoroughly, sifting if there are any large lumps. Tiny lumps are fine.
  4. Add the crushed macadamia nuts.
  5. Combine the melted butter, okolehao (or moonshine or light rum), vinegar and whisk.
  6. Pour the butter, alcohol and vinegar mixture into the dry ingredients and mix. This is easiest to do with your hands.
  7. Spoon a teaspoon of the polvoron mixture into a muffin tin lined with paper muffin cups.
  8. Tamp down the polvoron mixture with the pestle or the upside down water bottle. 
  9. Add more polvoron mixture to the muffin cups if it fits. Top of polvoron should be level with the edge of the muffin cup.
  10. Refrigerate for about an hour to let it set, then serve.

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