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Lights – Toes – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oaklRkGIig Lil Wayne – How to Love – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8Gf4-eT3w0&ob=av2e Allison Weiss – Try to Understand – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdt0VAJHdI0
What in the world are Alfajores? Simply put, they are shortbread cookie sandwiches with a dulce de leche filling. They have their origins in Moorish Spain but are extremely popular in South America. I can thank my friend Ed for inspiring this week’s baking adventure. These cookies are for her and to help celebrate her recent birthday. Happy Birthday Ed!
I began by making the Dulce de Leche which is a sauce that is thick like caramel but is milk based. I took whole milk, sugar, some baking soda, salt and a little corn syrup, poured it all into a big pot and boiled it. Boiled it, stirred it, boiled it, stirred it, boiled it some more. I stood and did this for a little over an hour and fretted every second that I would over boil and it would burn. To my relief it did not burn. In fact it turned out perfectly. A thick, sticky, sweet, caramel coloured concoction that is Dulce de Leche.
Part two is making the shortbread. I’m no stranger to making shortbread. Remember https://sweetspellbaking.wordpress.com/2011/07/06/whole-wheat-shortbread-cookies-sure-why-not/ from back in July? But for this recipe I stuck with traditional ingredients. No whole wheat in these parts today. Just all-purpose flour, butter and castor sugar. I molded a dough ball and let it chill for an hour before rolling it out and cutting with a round cookie cutter. I baked for about 10 minutes and then let cool.
Once cooled, it was time to assemble the cookie sandwiches. A dollop of dulce de leche between two shortbread cookies and then into the fridge to set.
Did my friend like them? =)