Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Chilean Heart Alfajores

So tomorrow is my best friend's 27th birthday! She's quite the baker, and we like to share baking ideas and tips with each other. So in her honor, I want to share a recipe she taught me. 

Her family is from Chile and they make so many yummy pastries! A couple weeks ago I asked her if she could teach me how to make alfajores. Alfajores are small sweet cookie sandwiches filled with caramel(also known as manjar or dulce de leche), mostly made in South American countries. So if you've had it before, and it's slightly different from this recipes, it's because there are a lot of variations. 

Ingredients
1 1/4 cup flour
 6 large egg yolk
 1 -2 tablespoon of orange juice(for dough)
 1 cup manjar(dulce de leche)
 1/4 cup orange juice (foe manjar)

Step by step 
Mix all yolk until fluffy and pale yellow in mixer. 

Add flour to form the dough, then add orange juice tbsps. (P.S. that's my lovely best friend)

Roll out the dough. Make sure to make it thin because when you bake, it will should bake like a cracker.

Traditionally, you cut out circle shapes, but since we wanted to make it cute and in the festivities of Valentines Day, we decided to use a heart cutter.

Before you bake,  pinch each cracker with with a fork a few times. 

Bake at 350 until golden light brown. ( about 10-15 minutes) 

While your crackers cool down, open up your manjar and mix in the 1/4 cup of orange juice. Make sure it's mixed in thoroughly. Then spread the manjar on top of a cracker, and top it off with another to create a 'cookie sandwich'.

And lastly, grab your powder sugar shaker and sugar those alfajores!

Oh, and don't forget to taste test them! And maybe leave less obvious evidence! Haha!

Tada! You're done! We also did marshamallows that day, with my all time favorite recipe I just discovered! But I will share that recipe in a couple weeks. Promise.

Hope you enjoy! 

xoxo-Priscilla

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