The Hacienda Correspondent: Whole Wheat Piaya?


Have you ever seen or tasted a whole wheat piaya? Is that even possible? That is the mystery that your Hacienda Correspondent tried to find out. Apparently, I am penchant to trying new things especially on merchandizes am I am trying to piece out on this blog’s online store. Ordinary is boring and boring is the last thing República Negrénse wants to be. In all honesty, the idea of a whole wheat piaya started out on my mistaken purchase of whole wheat flour instead of sifted wheat flour. Just as I thought whole wheat flour is going to be just like any kind I have used before with just some brown bits of wheat, I gravely mistaken. After all, whole wheat is the kind of flour that is hardest to knead and more so turn into something with a thin crust and filling. For all the its hard challenge, nothing is impossible. With some bits of ingenuity and things I’ve learned in mathematics, I was able to get the perfect ratio. Every effort did not come with a cookbook, everything is self-learned.

Though some drop of effort was exerted in the flour, the secret to the taste still lies in the filling. Sticking by tradition, I used the best muscovado I can find in the market. Piaya filling is one tricky matter to work out as well. Mixing muscovado with my secret ingredients to add taste, I was able to solve some initial problems I encountered in my previous trials. With the flour problem and filling solved, I was able to do my magic trick and was able to make three batches of perfectly circular wet dough with the muscovado filling filled in. As with the usual piaya, the whole wheat piaya was cooked in a flat pan but unlike common ones, whole wheat piaya took some extra seconds. After a few minutes, voila! We now have the whole wheat piaya.

With people increasingly health-conscious, your sweet treats must adapt too. Science has proven that whole wheat flour is a good source of calcium and fiber, so as the muscovado filling. Calcium helps in strengthening bones and fiber helps in regulating bowel movement, cleanses the body from wastes which causes colon cancer. Whole wheat flour is also filled with micronutrients like iron and zinc which helps in cell regeneration and growth. The wheat bran in whole wheat flour contains macronutrients like amino acids and vitamins needed for our bodily functions. Unlike ordinary piaya, whole wheat piaya is filling and has a lesser umay or sum-od feel to it. Want to have a taste of healthy whole wheat piaya? Guess what! The whole wheat piaya will be churning out on the market soon.

Aside from whole wheat piaya, homemade native products like kalamyhati sa paya and achara (papaya pickles) or novelty items like t-shirts and your very own hacienda hat will also be available soon. Products will be initially available in limited amounts on our online shop soon. Stay tuned for more details to be announced in this blog, photoblog and RepúblicaNegrénse’s Facebook page. If you are interested with whole wheat piaya, give me a heads up in administrator@republicanegrense.com.

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About Mark Mayo - Magallanes

MARK MAYO - MAGALLANES – blogger by passion, cook by hobby, student by life, theater actor by fate, writer by work, and Christian by grace. Part Filipino, Chinese and Spanish by blood, he is proudly 100% Negrénse. His love for his home Island of Negros, heritage and lifestyle has led him to write much about it and full-time, all-time. View all posts by Mark Mayo - Magallanes

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