These sweet alfajores are a taste of heaven with coffee, for afternoon tea or any time you crave something special.
They’re delicate little biscuits (or cookie if you’re American), gently flavoured with vanilla and citrus notes. Then they’re sandwiched together with glorious dulce de leche and dusted with icing sugar to finish. They’re to be found across Spain and South America. Apparently Argentina is the place that consumes the most – a little snippet I picked up somewhere and can’t quite recall where.
Dulce de leche is just caramelised milk – sweet, thickened and golden brown. It can be made a few different ways, with the easiest just from boiled canned condensed milk, or you can go traditional and reduce sweetened milk to a thick caramel. I plan on making these again soon and will post how I made the dulce de leche – or you can check this page out as it has a few options.
Be aware that if you choose the boiled can option, make sure you don’t let the pan boil dry or the can may explode. Also, it needs to be cooled completely before attempting to open it. No one needs third degree burns and sticky caramel to clean up from all over the kitchen. Personally, I think the oven tray method is safest and you get to control the thickness and colour much better.
Enjoy making my recipe. I challenge you to stop at just one.
More afternoon tea treats to try.
Planning an afternoon tea? My delicious orange poppyseed syrup cake is a winner. It is moist, full of flavour and the perfect accompaniment to a cuppa. Serve with whipped sour cream lightly sweetened with icing sugar and vanilla extract.
Maybe chocolate is more your thing? How do best of the best chocolate brownies sound? Yep, they’re THAT good!
An Espresso Martini is a great grown up alternative to the standard cappucino! Try one with a biscuit on the side. Delicious!