Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Alfajores


I don't actually know that much about alfajores. An Argentinian friend in school gave this out to my entire class awhile back and I didn't really think much about it at the time. But I just stumbled upon a thread on chowhound about alfajores in New York and I thought it might be helpful to post a couple of pics in case people wanted to try it out.


Essentially, for this version of alfajores, my thought is that Twix would not be a bad comparison. You've got the chocolate, cookie and dulce de leche, which is essentially caramel. However, just looking at the picture, you can see that there is a different proportion of the components than Twix has, favoring the cookie, much more than the chocolate.

Beyond that earlier link about finding alfajores in NY, you can try making them yourself. There's a bunch of recipes for alfajores on the web: chow and mattbites (man what nice looking photos) are a couple of the top google hits.

As for what I tried, well you can also purchase it, but only if you visit Argentina. Here's the Havanna website, which lists their retail locations.

($Dessert, $South / Latin American)

2 comments:

  1. FYI the "dulce de leche" is like caramel only by his preparation (caramel=water+shugar and DDL=milk+sugar). His taste is more comparable to peanut butter.

    Mariano from Buenos Aires, Argentina

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  2. C'mon Mariano, comparing dulce de leche to peanut butter!!!
    What kind of 'yerba' did you put in your 'mate'???
    Peace.

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