Unusual Christmas Treat from S. America
Posted: 23 December 2010 12:08 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Do cookies count for Show and Tell? I hope so.

Alfajores are a common cookie throughout South America, but unusual in the rest of the world. They are so pretty, with their coconut edging, and sweet with dulce de leche, that they seem like a great cookie to bake for the holidays.

The recipe is on my blog, Cooking in Mexico, if you wish to see it.
http://cookinginmexico.com/2010/12/22/alfajores-south-american-cookies-for-christmas/

Happy Holidays, everyone, and thanks for all the great baking tips and help!

Kathleen

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Posted: 23 December 2010 11:09 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Hi, Kathleen!

Those are beautiful cookies, and the recipe looks really yummy.  I found it interesting that it called for whole wheat flour and specifies organic ingredients.  I always think that’s cool when people do that. 

Really glad you posted this in case a cookie-baking jones comes upon me!

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Posted: 24 December 2010 10:13 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Hi Anne,

I hope you try this recipe. Alfajores are such a treat. I always try to use organic ingredients if they are available, which is sometimes challenging in Mexico. The tastes are often much better, plus, it is reassuring to know that my cooking is not increasing our chemical “cocktail” load. And I usually bake with whole wheat flour. It actually has a flavor that contributes to the final product, something white flour can not do after having been stripped of wheat germ and other nutrients. Fresh whole wheat flour has a “nutty” taste, and really adds to the yummy-ness of anything baked.

Feliz navidad!

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Posted: 24 December 2010 03:08 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Kathleen - do you grind your own flour? If yes, which kind of mill do you use? The cookies look great!

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Posted: 26 December 2010 09:15 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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No, I don’t. Wheat berries are not available where I live in Mexico, so I buy w.w. flour. For the freshest flour, grinding is best. For the rest of us who buy whole wheat flour, it’s best to buy at a store that has a large turn-over of inventory, like a large natural food store, to be assured of fresh flour. Wheat flour can go rancid easily and needs to be kept in a cool location. If there it has a bitter taste, it is rancid. Fresh whole wheat flour has a nutty, almost sweet taste.
Thank you for the compliment on the cookies. They are now only a memory.  smile

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Posted: 27 December 2010 03:14 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Kathleen,
This looks amazing. Your photo looks like it came from a magazine, so festive!

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Posted: 27 December 2010 05:27 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Thanks, Darm. I spent extra time on this photo, because I wanted to submit it to Photo Grazing. They just published the photo on their web site. Yay! http://photograzing.seriouseats.com/ (If you try to see it, it will be on their first page only for today. As each new photo is published, the other ones “fall down” to page 2,3, etc.)
Maybe they publish everything that is submitted… I don’t know ... but this is the first time one of my photos/recipes has been accepted by anyone, and I’m really pleased about it.

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