Views 24 Nov Essential Brain Food: The Alfajor
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As a student, knowing what food will get you through your studies is essential. Perhaps you remember late nights slumped over a computer chowing down on a cold piece of pizza. Or, perhaps twinkies were more your style. Whatever was your handy side-kick, we all know that we probably would not have made it through high school, college, etc. without it.

In this series, we will discuss essential foods to help you through your Spanish language courses. The first is the oh-so-delicious Argentinean alfajor (pronounced ‘all-fah-hor’). Actually, alfajores are found in multiple Latin American countries, but Argentina’s alfajores are spectacular! No trip to Argentina would be complete without sinking your teeth into one (or twelve) of these sweets.

Essential Brain Food: The Alfajor

Picture this – two layers of sweet biscuits glued together by a rich layer of thick caramel sauce (called “dulce de leche”) then coated with chocolate. Mmmmm! There are many variations, and this is just one of them.

Argentineans eat alfajores at all times of the day, so there’s no reason you shouldn’t either. Enjoy!

Chocolate Covered Argentine Alfajores
(*Recipe and photo from Anything Au Chocolate)

Ingredients: Essential Brain Food: The Alfajor
6 1/2 tbsp butter, room temperature
1/3 cup sugar
1 tbsp honey
1/2 tbsp grated orange zest
1 egg
1 1/2 cup flour
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 cans dulce de leche
11 ounces semi-sweet chocolate

Directions:
In a large bowl beat the butter, sugar, honey and egg, then add the orange zest. Sift dry ingredients over it, and mix well until it is a firm dough. It might still be a little sticky. Wrap with saran wrap and refrigerate for about 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350F. Roll the dough onto a floured surface until about 1/5 inch thick. Cut the cookies using a 2-inch cookie cutter, and place them on a baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Let them cool.

Once the cookies have cooled, you can assemble the alfajores. Spread dulce de leche on the flat side of the cookie and place another cookie on top making a sandwich (again, flat side to the dulce de leche), squeeze them lightly together then I even out the dulce de leche around it with a knife and dip them in the chocolate, tempered. With a fork, lift the alfajor out of the chocolate, lightly tap the fork against the bowl to get rid of any excess chocolate and place it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Let cool. Makes about 25 alfajores.

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    Helena 

    Jummy!! Alfajores are the best! I will definitely try to make them myself 🙂

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