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The Argentine Food Guide for Spanish students in Buenos Aires. Part 7

Wednesday, August 5, 2009 8:19

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For any Spanish student in Buenos Aires this winter, we encourage you to spend at least one day/night a week preparing an Argentine dish, drink, or treat.  We know it is easy to go out to eat but creating your own argentine recipe and then bringing home that recipe will put a little bit of Argentina back in your home country.

Alfajor
The Alfajor is a famous treat found throughout Argentina and the locals and foreigners alike love this deliciously sweet cookie. Originating in Spain and then making its way to Argentina, along with its Spanish immigrant makers, the Alfajor became popular in the late early 1900’s for its sweet taste, easy recipe, and of course Spanish tradition. Argentina added its own unique flavour to the cookie by adding a middle of dulce de leche, the reason why Argentines love this cookie today.


Alfajor Recipe

1 3/4 cup of flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 pound butter (1 stick) (soft)
1 teaspoon lemon juice (optional)
4 egg yolks, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
Dulce de Leche (pot)

Instructions

  • Start by combining the flour, salt, sugar, and baking soda in a bowl; cut the butter, and then mix everything together by hand. Mix in the lemon, egg yolks, and vanilla.
  • Shape the dough into 2 balls and let chill for 2 hours.
  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Flour your work surface, and roll out each dough ball into a thickness of ¬ľ inch. Cut into 2 inch rounds, and place on baking sheet.¬† Bake until dry (not brown) (15min).
  • Let the cookies cool and then spread a thick layer of dulce de leche on one half and place another cookie on top.

And you are done!

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Students studying Spanish in Argentina can get their ‚Äėsweet-on‚Äô in this dessert loving nation. Dulce de Leche, Alfajores, and Flan, Oh My!

Thursday, September 18, 2008 12:25

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Students who have come to study Spanish in Argentina often are hit by the sweet tooth of Argentina before they have even gone through customs. They perhaps have already been tempted by a delicious Alfajor on the plan ride over or have seen its brightly wrapped exterior in an airport store window. Regardless, students in Spanish immersion courses in Argentina will soon discover that this is a country of sweet-toothed people.

 

Let us start with the Alfajor since we already mentioned it and our mouths have already started to water. The Alfajore, cookie by nature, is a delicious circular treat, formed by two rounds of sweet bread, a delicious middle of dulce de leche or jam, and a sugar layered exterior. Students studying Spanish in Buenos Aires cannot miss this delicious cookie sitting in the windows of corner stores, bakeries, and coffee shops. Students will also discover a quick Spanish lesson in Buenos Aires when they must learn to ask for it, in what form, with what filling, etc…Delicious.

 

That brings us to dulce de leche. This is milk based sauce used as filling in cookies, cakes, pancakes, etc… Students taking Spanish classes in Buenos Aires often already know the sweet tale of this syrup, as it is also common in other countries throughout Latin America. Students in Spanish immersion in Buenos Aires can make this syrup by simply slowly heating condensed milk until it singes and becomes like caramel. However, since it is offered on almost every corner, we advise you just buy a ready made pot.

 

Last but certainly not least is the ‚Äėoh‚Äô so popular, he said she said of deserts, Flan. There is no certain origin of flan and it is correct to say that most countries take some sort of credit for it and therefore it is the desert of all countries. In Argentina, students in¬†Spanish immersion courses in Buenos Aires¬†will be able to find this delicious desert on almost any menu, more often than not, covered in dulce de leche. Students taking¬†Spanish classes in Buenos Aires¬†should also learn how to make this simple recipe and pair it with the dulce de leche above!

 

When visiting Argentina, students in Spanish immersion courses in Buenos Aires should not miss the opportunity to take advantage of these delicious sweets, strike up a conversation with a local, and practice Spanish.

 

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