Sunday, February 6, 2011

Peruvian Alfajores!

Peruvian Alfajores have been in my life for ever.  Years ago (I am talking like 15-20 years back) you couldn't find it anywhere well in Miami FL.  How I would eat it is when my grandfather would go on his yearly trip to Peru and he would bring us kids some yummy sweets and treats from Peru.
My grandfather passed away two years ago and I never got over it.  Death is a really difficult thing to deal with but making this reminded me of the good times I had with him.  He was a great man. Why I decided to make these was because I had a dream with my grandfather.  I kept thinking all day about him and the the memories of the cookies. 
Now you could most likely find Alfajores anywhere. Latin America, especially in Miami, FL is extremely popular here. Latin Restaurants and Latin Bakeries are in every corner now. 

For the caramel, you can either buy it made or you can make it.  Now making it can be tricky and time consuming but its so much better.  You can to get a can of of sweet condensed milk  put it in a pot of  boiling water for like 2 hours.  This is how my grandmother made it when we were kids so I stuck with this.  Make sure that its always submerged in water or the can I have been told can blow up. 

Okay so the recipe, I got it from this website:  The website is in Spanish but you can translate in English but to be nice I will post the English version on here!  LOL  Now the dough will be very crumbly but if you add some water or milk it will make it better.  Just a few drops, enough to be able to roll it out.  I also added a tsp of vanilla. 


2 cups sifted flour

¾ cup butter or margarine

4 tablespoons powdered sugar

Caramel (Manjarblanco) 


Join butter, flour and sugar. Stir with a fork or stirrup.(I used my KitchenAid).  Finish kneading by hand, until a uniform mass.
Roll out dough on a floured surface. Cut circles with cookie cutter (the size and shape is optional.)
Carefully transported to a greased baking tray.
Bake preheated 350 ° F (175 ° C) for 12 or 15 minutes.
Remove from oven. Cool.
Alfajores To assemble, take one cookie, filled with caramel and then cover with another cookie. Sprinkle powdered sugar.

Note: If you want to make a large gingerbread, double the amounts of the recipe. Roll out the dough into circles 25 cm (10 inches). It is preferable to do this over a plastic film or waxed paper for easy transport to the plate. Once on the board remove the film or paper. Get 3 layers.
Proceed in the same way as with small alfajores.
Lunchbox suggestions:

Save alfajores unfilled in an airtight container. Fill them with caramel or whatever you want (caramel, chocolate, jam, etc) the same day. Place in lunch box.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! 1st Sweet & Treat of the Year!

Cake #1

I am so happy 2011 is here, aren't you?  2010 was such a terrible year for me so I couldn't wait for it to come to an end...LOL

Well one thing that I want to change is my procrastination because this was the most stressful day for me and its all on account that damn procrastination of mine.  I did two cakes but I waited until the afternoon to do them (PROCRASTINATION) and I forgot to get marscarpone cheese and had to go to Publix.  And not every Publix sells marscapone cheese so I had to drive to two Publix's.  The worst is that I have to make an appearance to two places this day.  My husband's family at 6pm for dinner and mine at 9pm for a second dinner till the New Years. (My in-laws go to bed early...don't ask!)  I KNOW...crazzzzzyyyy! So I made two cakes. So thank GOD this was a box cake recipe.    It really made things easier but the frosting of the cakes.  Oh boy!

So by the time I finally got a break, I had to get ready.  It was pure chaos! When I was finished getting ready, my husband was hurrying me up and I don't even know how I decorated the cakes.  You know that cakes take time to decorate but with the rushing  & my husband's complaining that we are gonna be late...the cakes were decorated OK.  Not great...OK.  Which killed me because I am such a perfectionist and I wanted to scream.  So you tell me how you like the New Years Cake.  :0)~  And then when we drove to my sister in law's, my hubby's driving was making me nervous and I swore the cake wouldn't make it in one piece.  But it did!!!!  Cake #1 was for my sister in law's party and made it A-OK.  HAHAHA!  The 2011 numbers and decorations were made with Gumpaste and Fondant.  This I did the day before which I think knowing that I didn't have to make this the day of, made be a little lazy to start baking.  NOT GOOD!

Cake #2

So this is is the same recipe as the cupcakes I made for Christmas.  Everyone loved the cupcakes so I made the cake.   So see my previous post for the recipe or click here -----> Tiramisu Layer Cake

In the end, everything came out GREAT!  At least the cake tasted AWESOME! 

Well I hope everyone has the BEST YEAR ever!  Please feel free to ask me questions or comment!  XOXO!