Sunday, December 17, 2006

Alfajor Cookie Sandwiches from Argentina

From front: alfajores caicayen and alfajor de maicena

Dulce de leche is a sweet local milk-based spread not too much unlike Singaporean kaya, but brown in color rather than green. Spread between two cookies, this creates alfajor, which basically could be described as an Latin American version of kaya toast or PB&J sandwiches.

We grabbed two different versions at a random corner coffeeshop today: a small alfajor caicayen and a bigger alfajor de maicena, the key difference being the the type of cookie being used (apparently there are all sorts of other varieties around, including from the neighboring countries). This non-bread eater preferred the more compact former rather than the bigger fluffier latter, but in the end, the real treat was the spread itself, which had just the right degree of richness, sweetness, and thickness.

The spread is used quite heavily around here; I encountered some of it stuffed inside another random pastry at breakfast today, as well as inside a churro. So not all food around here is meat-based after all!

Hot chocolate with bags of sugar and sweetenerWhile we were at it, we also grabbed some cups of hot chocolate, something I failed to get on my last trip to Spain. We're not talking about any of that instant powdered Carnation crap we are used to. This stuff was about twice as thick...and unsweetened at that (sugar is of course at your disposal if desired). It probably wouldn't be too elegant to add Peppermint Schnapps to something so velvety though. :)


Chubbypanda said...

Dude, peppermint Snappes makes everything elegant.

- Chubbypanda

Kathy said...

If you are ever in New Orleans or Lousiana, Cafe du Monde hot chocolate is great.

bma said...

With the beignets, right? Last time I was there was about seven years ago, so my memory is a bit hazy, but I seem to remember theirs being of the thinner pre-sweetened variety, right? My point here is that the Spanish version is so much thicker than the American one.
A trip to New Orleans is long overdue though.

Kathy said...

Yees! With the beignets! Can't get the "fluffy" sugar topping out of my head. Spanish hot chocolate is thicker? Wow! Will definitely keep that in mind.

If you are allergic to dust or mould though, do check if New Orleans is cleaned up better when you get there.

Anonymous said...

I found a great site for Alfajores!!

and its translation!!